I am exactly 2 years, 7 months, 4 weeks, and 1 day in deep into this natural hair journey....thanks to the little ticker that keeps up with the exact time frame!! LOL I actually started transitioning in 2009. My hair should probably be down my back by now but I'm definitely happy with the scissors. I can truly say I LOVE being natural!! The versatility is awesome and did I mention blogging about it all is not too shabby either?
My advice to newbies: load up on all the freakin youtube videos, facebook pages, twitter feeds, instgrams, Google+, tumblr pages, and blogs in the beginning..why?...because its fun!! Once you do that, oh and get over being a Product Junkie (I'm still in recovery), figure out what works for YOUR hair. There is no magic curl making product out there I promise...unless you want a Jerri Curl :) Remember...Its just hair. Take good care of it but don't go all nutty!
I think I'm going to focus a little more on growth for awhile and I have an itch to color it again. There will be photos, trust me lol. Whatever I decide to do I will enjoy the freedom of changing it up!
This is such a late post but I just wanted to share my protective style of choice I have rocked this past few weeks. YouTube was my friend on 'how to' for this one. I used the invisible root method where you are twisting from the scalp instead of the braid/twist method. It took a minute to get used to, but once you catch on its not so bad. I used 4 packs of Marley Braid Hair with 2 different colors. I sectioned my hair in medium parts and used 2 strands of the marley hair to make it thick. If done quickly and nonstop, I think it would have taken me about 4 hours, but I procrastinated and split my time. I will definitely be using this style again .
I love trying new things with my hair, so I went online and started searching for fall protective styles. I came across all of these YouTube videos on Crochet Braids. Now, I didn't know people still did these and was thinking early 90's when I saw crochet. However, to my surprise, there were some fabulous styles and great tutorials.
I honestly cannot remember the brand of hair I used, but I was in searching for the Freetress brand in the Bohemian Curl. I couldn't locate it at my local hair supply store, so I picked out the equivalent in Water Wave Curl. I got two packs of 1b and one pack of 1b/30 blend.
After a couple years of suggesting and pleading.....She finally agreed to let the relaxer go. NO LYE! lol
For various reasons, my Mom's hair was beginning to thin and break off and the harsh chemicals every 6 weeks was not helping. She finally decided to give her tresses a break and July 2012 was the last time she put a relaxer in
Wigs are a lady's best friend!
Pretty simple regimen. Keep it washed and minimal heat applied. I used henna to color her very few and far between grays (shhhh!). I used Moroccan henna from Henna Sooq....great place!
Happily Ever After
I am happy to report that her hair is getting stronger, growing, and she only has normal hair shedding. As of yesterday, she is completely natural!!
*****Keep Learning, Living, and Loving Your Natural Hair