Happy New Week Lovelies!
How are you all doing? I hope you had a lovely weekend. As you can tell from the title of this post, I got the big chop and I am starting a new section on the blog to share my natural hair journey. I have honestly been thinking of going natural for almost 2 years and I finally took the courage this month. Why did I go natural? I just got tired of perming and adding chemicals to my hair every 4 months. I also got some braids done a while ago and the person that did it pulled out my already thinning edges and I literally had bald spots by my edges. I was just over my chemically processed hair in general, the fact that it was overly shedding did not help the matter as well. I wanted a change so I got my last perm on February 7th, 2015 and decided to transition from then. I transitioned for about 5 months and got the big chop (meaning I cut off all the chemically processed part of my hair and left the new growth) on July 1st. Sometimes I still can't believe I cut off my hair but so far I love my new hair.
|My hair at one of it's longest moments|
|One of those good hair days since I have been natural...|
Before going natural, I did a lot of research about what it takes to be natural and products to use for it. It took me a while before I finally decided that I was ready enough to handle the responsibility of going natural. Seriously it's a big commitment plus it's kinda time-consuming to properly take care of natural hair. Youtube has become my go-to place for video tutorials and products reviews. Since cutting my hair I have learnt a lot about my natural hair, the most important being that shrinkage is real and I can't comb my hair unless it's wet or damp, it really hurts when I try to comb it if it's dry. I think that my curl pattern is between a 4b and 4c, I won't be able to tell fully until it grows some more.
I have somewhat of a regimen for the care of my hair so far: I wash it once a week and co-wash in the middle of the week. Everyday I add some water to my hair either by sprinkling water while in the shower or spraying a mix of water with some oils (Coconut oil & Jamaican Castor Oil) in a Spray bottler to enable me to comb it for the day. I usually finish it off with a leave-in conditioner and the eco styler gel. I deep conditioned my hair for the first time this past weekend after washing it and it made a huge difference. My hair felt so soft and moisturized for the rest of the day that I was even able to comb it the next day without adding water. I have not add any form of heat (even a dryer) to my hair since I cut it and I do not plan on adding any if I can help it. I just let my hair air-dry which is definitely a perk of having short hair because it dries fast. My main goal for my natural hair is to just have a healthy hair without any use of harsh chemicals that why I use products like the Shea Moisture brand which I am loving so far. I will be sharing more of my natural hair journey including tutorials, length checks and product reviews with you all, so please stay tuned...:)
Some Products I use for my hair:
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo (HERE)
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Conditioner (HERE)
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque (HERE)
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner (HERE)
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (HERE)
Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil (HERE)
Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel (HERE)
Please if you have natural hair and have any tips for a newbie like me, feel free to share below.
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!