Ask Karen

Ask Karen

In my work with women transitioning or newly transitioned to their natural hair, I’m often asked many of the same questions. Below are some of the most commonly asked natural hair care questions and my answer! If your question is not answered, feel free to ASK KAREN by sending an email to

Why won’t my hair grow long?

When you do not get your end trimmed, your split ends may cause your hair to break and snap off, therefore limiting hair growth. Regularly trimming your hair will help you retain the length that you grow from your roots.

Why is my hair so dry?

Your natural hair is dry! The tightness of your curl is directly related to how dry your natural hair is. Your hair follicles are attached to sebaceous (sih-bay-shus) glands, which are sometimes called oil glands. These sebaceous glands produce oil, which lubricate your hair and preserve the softness of the hair. Tightly curled and coiled hair is dry because these natural oils cannot easily travel down the curved hair follicle.

How often do I need to get my ends trimmed?

Get your ends trimmed every 3 to 4 months, or at least times per week.  Remember,  when you constantly comb and manipulate your hair, you put more wear and tear on your ends, so need to trim them more regularly.

What type of hairstyles should I wear while transitioning to natural hair?

Wear styles that avoid heat. Hair transitions more effectively and healthily when exposed to minimal or no heat. These styles include: roller and rod sets, two strand twists and two strand twist outs, straw sets and bantu knots. These styles also mimic what your natural hair may look like once you have completely transitioned!

What do I need to do to my hair at night?

Bedtime maintenance will vary, depending on your hairstyle. Most ‘out’ styles, such as two strand twist outs, braid-outs, and bantu knot-outs, may require that you re-twist or re-braid your hair at night. The texture of your hair will determine how often you will need to re-twist or re-braid. Typically, the finer your hair, the more maintenance you will have to do.