Becoming A Naturalista

naturalistaI am sure you have been hearing the word “Naturalista” everywhere as it seems to be the it thing now and every woman wants to be associated with the movement. A naturalist is one who has decided to embrace nature, to be one with her environment.

Everywhere I go I hear naturalista this naturalista that, pages springing up on social media to appreciate them. 7 out of 10 women are naturalistas and 3 out of the remaining 5 want to become naturalistas so that brings us to this question

Who is a naturalista?

According to urban dictionary, A Black female who takes pride in her Black hair (hair that is not permed or been chemically changed in any way).

Although urban dictionary said it’s a black female, and its mostly practised among black women but these days naturalistas can be anyone regardless of ethnicity

 A naturalista is someone who wears their hair the way that it naturally grows out of their scalp.
This could mean they have curly, 
wavy or “kinky” hair.
Whichever “hair type” they may identify with, they love and accept themselves because they know and understand that they are beautiful in their anatomy.

A naturalista is a woman who is committed to the development of her natural hair without the use of chemicals.

How do I become a naturalista?

Becoming a naturalista is not a job for the faint hearted especially if you are used to having a permed hair. Its either you cut off the entire hair for a new and natural one to grow or you wait for the permed one out. By undergoing a process known as “Transitioning” by naturalistas. This means outgrowing your natural texture before cutting off the processed or damaged ends.

Essential products to help you on your natural hair journey

These items/products are very important when it comes to maintaining a healthy scalp and hair.

  1. Shampoo and Conditioners

When choosing a shampoo or conditioner, be sure to read through the composition and avoid products with these in them:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  • Sodium chloride
  • Formaldehyde
  • Alcohol
  • Synthetic Fragrances

Ingredients to look for include:

  • Aloe vera
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Jojoba extract
  • Honey
  • Avocado/avocado oil
  1. Hair butter and oil

There hardly any naturalista out there without these products in her hair kit:

  • Shea butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Castor oil
  1. Leave-in-conditioner

The use of leave-in-conditioners will leave your natural hair feeling silky and smooth. A very good and affordable one is Cantu’s Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream.


How to care for natural hair

  • Wash your hair every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Use large-toothed comb
  • Always detangle your hair before combing
  • Instead of using a hand/hair dryer, towel dry with a 100% cotton T-shirt
  • Protective styling is the key to the success of your natural hair journey
Amina Muhammed

Amina Muhammed is the Executive Assistant of Hayati Magazine. Passionate about writing and fashion, she is a geography graduate. A remote sensing nerd, Muhammed also enjoys writing poetry and loves cooking.

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