I just have to share my natural hair journey with you. I can’t believe that this weekend marked one whole year without a relaxer. My last relaxer was on November, 15th 2012. Crazy to think about it. This is my second time going natural, and I am really committed to it. Transitioning to natural hair hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. To be quite honest, I had heard all of these horror stories. I thought I was going to have the hardest time combing my hair and taking care of it, but I haven’t. Praise the lord! Clearly I’m doing something right.
I must admit that the first six months were consumed with a bit of trial and error. I had to figure out what techniques and products worked on my hair. That took a lot of patience and money. Plus nobody tells you that your hair really doesn’t want to be made into twists unless it has about an equal amount of new growth and relaxed ends (if you are transitioning the first six months-no big chop). I’ve also been wearing a lot of wigs and hats. I braid my hair up in twists and pin them up. Doing that has been helping my hair to grow and stay healthy. It also helps my hair stay detangled.
I detangle my hair in the shower with a lot of conditioner and oils. The wide tooth comb goes right through it now even though I still have some relaxed ends. I also use the LOC method on my hair to moisturize it. Putting a liquid leave-in conditioner, followed by an oil , and then a thick cream on my damp hair has done each and every one of my strands some good. Look up oil rinses and the LOC method on YouTube. There are a ton of videos to give you different options for you hair. I just figured what works from looking at those videos. You can always tweak things to fit your hair type. That’s another thing. It is really good to know your hair type. My hair has two different textures. Because I know what they are, I can tailor my hair routine to fit my hair types.
I am really proud of myself for sticking to my guns and finally going natural again. I am also proud of myself for doing such a great job with my hair. I love how it looks. The waves and coils are so beautiful to me. I can’t wait to cut off the rest of the relaxed ends and see what I am really working with. Are you thinking of going natural? If you haven’t, why not? Have you gone natural? What tips do you have for someone interested in going natural?
My Favorite Natural Hair Products:
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Products- Creme Of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment and Creme of Nature with Strength & Shine Leave-In Conditioner
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Conditioner
Curls Unleashed No Restrictions Moisturizing Conditioner
Vo5 Herbal Escapes Clarifying Shampoo Kiwi Lime Squeeze and Vo5 Moisture Milks Moisturizing Conditioner Strawberries & Cream
Alikay Naturals Products-Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer and the Lemongrass Leave-in