A Hair Journey

A Hair Journey

I began my journey in the Fall of 2015 when I stopped perming my hair. This was my second time attempting to go natural but this time I was more determined than before because I realized there was more on the line than I initially thought. I had become conscious about the images of beauty that I was portraying for my daughter. I was asking her to embrace her afro and natural curls while I was taming and stripping my own. She was the catalyst for a monumental change.

On my first attempt at going natural, I gave up a few months into the process because dealing with my roots was “too hard”. This time around, I believe that posting my hair intentions on Facebook in addition to Jayda as a motivator, were the factors that contributed to my sticktoitiveness. Not that anyone was keeping track or anything but it filled me with a sense of accountability.

I finally cut off the permed ends, Fall 2016 and since I am now approaching the three-year mark of having natural hair growth, I’ve compiled some before, in between and current pictures to celebrate the milestone. Enjoy!


PRETRANSITION

Hooked on that creamy crack


TRANSITIONING

Lots of braids, Bantu knots, and puffy roots


POST CHOP

I didn’t go the big chop route which at the time felt like I was cheating myself from a full experience but the end result is the same: volume, health, and length.


I’m still learning my hair and figuring out what products, oils, and regimes work for it best. I am currently leaning towards Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity line and Argon Oil. I am mostly low maintenance. I have wash hour, not wash day and I do my best to deep condition when I remember. I’ve tried making my own hair masks with fruits and vegetables but the effort didn’t seem to match the results I was getting. I often find that doing less with my hair works just as well as doing the most in terms of helping me to achieve my goals.


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Oils

Oils

I am obsessed with oils! I have many in my home, such as castor, argon, coconut, avocado, aloe vera, mango, lavender, tea tree, peppermint and rosehip seed. I like making natural products such as deodorant, lip gloss and butters and I often use one of these oils as the main ingredient. I like how many uses each oil has, they’re so versatile!

My absolute favorite is Castor Oil. It has a thick molasses-like consistency that is perfect for coating natural hair and adding shine and life to dull lips. I recently learned that castor oil can help with menstrual cramps when applied topically. I am always amazed by how much and how far just a little bit of castor oil can go.

My second favorite oil is Coconut Oil. It’s accessible from nearly any supermarket or local store, which makes it extremely convenient to find. I use coconut oil primarily on my skin and hair and I find that it’s great for braid/twist-outs. I stopped using any type of cream on my hair, so I’m always in search of the perfect oil that will add or retain as much moisture as possible, and coconut fits the bill! The key is to not use too much, otherwise, expect your soul to glow all over the place (Coming to America reference).

. . . but the most convenient store of them all is Amazon, so I can easily and quickly have all my oils delivered to my door in just two days. Check out the links below to some my favorite oils using Amazon.