So today I am officially 1 YEAR NATURAL and it's been a great journey of self discovery and self acceptance. So I wanted to share with you guys my journey thus far.
WHY DID I GO NATURAL?
Also because I have had quite a number of comments due to the texture of my hair being different that most, and because it wasn't fitting into the normal "black" texture (as people would always say: I don't know what that means though), I ended just relaxing it to so of "fit in" with everyone; though it still turned out pretty much different lol. So I had to also accept that I am different and that was God's best choice for me and I wanted to love that, curls, flaws and all.
ME WITH RELAXED HAIR
|Transitioning (June 2013-Dec 20130|
|The Big Chop (Jan 2014)|
WHAT HAVE I LEARNED SO FAR (TIPS)
1. KNOW YOUR HAIR TYPE
It is important to know what hair type you fall under because then you can narrow down what characteristics are common in that hair type and what are the needs. For example I am type 3C/4A and the common thing is low porosity (meaning it looses moisture fast, but also absorbs it fast as well so a richer moisturizer should help), also my hair frizzes up to a lion's mane, so no unnecessary hair manipulation. Once you know your hair type, you will look for products in your regimen that will be specifically targeting/catering to your needs, this means less product hoarding and wasting money.
2. GIVE YOR PRODUCTS A FAIR CHANCE- AT LEAST A WEEK OR 2 TO MONITOR PERFOMANCE
When you buy a new product, give it a testing period and try to use it in several protective styles (twists, bantu knots, flat twists, flexi rod sets e.t.c) to monitor how well it perfoms, if you do not like the results it gives you; then you can change them. This will help you see which products work best alone and together (e.g moisturizers & gels) so you can stock up on what you will use.
3.STICK TO YOUR REGIMEN
I know it is easy to get carried away and buy something that you saw someone else using because you thought it gave them good results...stop! If your present regimen is working for you, keep it. You can gradually add new products into your regimen but keep your key regimen.
4.KEEP YOUR MOISTURIZED...ALWAYS!
OK, the plain truth is natural hair can dry up pretty easily, so make sure you are not lazy on moisturizing daily. Use the LOC Method for your wash n go, twists, knots e.t.c to make sure your moisturize and seal the hair properly to prevent dryness.
LOC is basically a 3-step Method:
L- Leave In
-Thoroughly moisturize the hair from root to tip immediately after washing. Work the product gently in a raking motion to distribute evenly.
O- Oil ( this can be olive oil, argan oil, sweet almond, black castor oil or my personal fave coconut oil)
-This will help seal in the moisture and protect against breakage
C- Creme Moisturizer
- Finish off with a creamy consistency moisturizer for extra moisture, protection, and sealant.
Keep a spray bottle with a water to spritz the hair during the day in humid weather so your hair does'nt dry up.
Rose water is very good for this as it also promotes hair growth and smells divine!
You can also use a tea : 1 Green/Red Teabag brewed and strained into a bottle + 2 drops essential oil + 1 drop vitamin E.
5. Use a Satin Bonnet
-Satin/Silk is the best for covering your hair at night. Get yourself a satin bonnet, scarf or pillow to use at night. Cotton will just soak up all the moisture in your hair, leaving you with a frizzy, dry mane! Also never dry your hair with a towel, it does the same damage : use an old T-Shirt or a micro-fiber toweling to dry your hair.
|This is a gently cleansing shampoo that I use once a week to wash my hair and scalp. It doesn't leave my scalp dry as it is not a clarifying shampoo.|
|I use this to co-wash if I want to change styles, but feel that my hair isn't that dirty to be using shampoo. This also produces excellent results when twisting & bantu knotting.|
FRO CURL DEFINITION
|I use this with my moisturizer for twists, knots and flexi rod set to give my curls hold without the crunch. I also use this after my wash and go to make my natural curl pattern more defined.|
I hope this helps, for any queries please comment below. Do not forget to check out my YouTube for tutorials on how I use these here
As always, God bless & smoochies,