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Letting Your Hair Go Natural

When it comes to hair, many women are going back to their roots -- literally! Here's how to go au natural.

Natural Resources Salon co-owner Tamika Fletcher remembers when she decided to go natural.

"My hair is naturally curly, but I'd been using a relaxer since I was, I have to say maybe six years old. It was when I was about 14 or 15, I started to realize that I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do, but my hair is just not as healthy as it used to be," she recalls.

Tamika says over time chemical processes can weaken hair, cause it to thin, fall out or worse!

"I know for me, it was a gradual process that I didn't even realize was taking place, and I think most women find themselves in the same position," she says.

So, she teaches other women how to go natural, like she did.

First, you have to make the commitment to stop using chemicals on your hair. Tamika says for some women that means one last chemical process. For example, if you've been bleaching your brown hair blonde. You'll need one more dye job to get your hair close to its natural color so it'll match the new hair as it grows out.

For women who wear their hair in a weave or similar style, Tamika says it's all about learning how to take care of their hair with low-maintenance. This could require some help and ideas from a hair dresser at first.

If you have naturally curly hair and you've been straightening it for a while, you have two options. If your hair is chemically straightened, your option is to cut the chemically processed hair. If you don't want to go that short, find styles you can do to hide the half straight/half curly hair while it grows out. If your hair is straight because you routinely flat iron it, try a professional conditioning treatment followed by curl enhancing products to bring back as much as the curl as possible.

Tamika says, "I think we're living in a very eco-chic world right now and I think that you can definitely be stylish and beautiful naturally."

For more information:
Natural Resources Salon

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