One Year In

On New Year’s Eve 2013 I BC’d my hair. I just wanted to do something different (I’d been in the same bangs hairstyle for about two years) I was a bit apprehensive about it at first, and everyone told me I’d regret cutting my ‘long’ hair image (what is our obsession with hair length?) As it turned out, I loved my short hair:):) image It’s been a year  of me learning the do’s and don’ts of natural hair and a journey of self love despite family, friends, even strangers having unsolicited opinions  about  my ‘short’ or ‘untidy’ hair. I ❤💕💓 my nappy.

Protective Styling
In that one year,  I have braided my hair twice. Both times I talked my salonists into not using heat on my hair (no easy task, I can assure you)
How?
-I cowashed  my hair the morning I planned on braiding my hair and detangled it thoroughly with a wide tooth comb. -I made sure my hair was damp by the time I got to the salon and carried a little leave-in in my spritzer in case my hair got dry during the braiding. It’s  much easier to work on my hair while it’s damp but it was an uphill battle convincing the salonists of this too.  (What happened to ‘the customer is always right’?) Both times I did a braid-out and rocked it for about a week after taking them down. I loved the curls it gave me. image          (Braids used;Soft Dreadz) image       (Braids used;Curly Piece)

Taking Care of Braided Hair
While my hair was in braids I spritzed it with some leave-in and some oil every two days and made sure I slept in a satin bonnet. I usually keep my braids on for 4-6 weeks. Both braids have been twists so I undid them gently when taking them down and was left with gorgeous curls

My Natural Hair Regimen
It took some trial and error but I can say now that I have a regimen that I consider satisfactory. Remember every one’s hair is different and what works for my hair may not necessarily work on yours.
-I cowash using the As I Am Coconut Cleansing Cowash every week,
-I then DC using the ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner. I try to go to the salon and sit under a drier for 30mins but when I can’t, I usually just put on a black shower cap and sit under the sun or do chores for 2hrs then rinse.
-I spritz my hair daily with my home made leave-in which usually contains the ORS replenishing conditioner or Alberto Balsam Apple conditioner mixed in with some water and some glycerin.
-I also spritz my hair with some oil (avocado, sesame and coconut are my current favourites) to seal my hair after the leave in and style as desired.
-I henna my hair once a month and do a coconut hot oil treatment about once a month too.
-I do my twist-outs when I’m feeling motivated(maybe once a month😩😩, I should definitely do better) with Afroliciouske Shea Butter. I’ve used Ecostyler Olive Oil but it tends to flake in my hair and I don’t like the crunchy feel it leaves. I’ve found that Shea Butter leaves my hair much softer, with the same definition though it generally lasts a shorter time.

Length Check! image I’d say we’re doing well. I’m not really obsessed with length though I do experience envy for longer hair sometimes. I’m a lazy natural so the thought of sectioning and detangling long hair is not a particularly attractive one. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. I do have to admit that I’m curious what my long curly hair will look like, so Onwards, Onwards.

Hair Goals For 2015
I would like to have healthier hair in 2015. I’ve been slacking on trimming my edges and will do better. I will also experiment with styling my hair now that it’s at a length that I can and will definitely take and share more pics with you girls, my natural hair sistren. Do you have any hair goals for 2015? Do share with us. You know we love hearing from you.

xo,
M

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I’M BALDING

Okay so not really but it feels like it. As I explained in my intro post I’m currently transitioning rather than doing the big chop. Lately however I’ve been shedding A LOT of hair, so much so that I freaked out and sent a pic to Marion, Stellah, and Carol to get reassurance that it was all in my head and i was being dramatic (I tend to do that).  No such luck.  Apparently I am shedding way to much hair.

shedding

This should not come as a surprise to me since I’m lazy about my hair. Luckily the vain side of me overshadows the lazy side and I decided to be more proactive. I bought hair mayonnaise ( this was before Marion did her mayonnaise review) which I wish I would have waited on and saved some money. But anyways, I washed my hair with sulfate free shampoo and drenched my hair with the hair mayonnaise before covering it with a shower cap to let it do its magic.

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While I waited I watched the Ghana -Portugal match. 😦 Can I say though, I’m so glad I’m not a sports fanatic. I can’t imagine this kind of heart break on a regular basis. We were so close to advancing, and then it fell apart. It’s okay though, Africa still has two teams left. #TeamAfrica. I’m keeping hope alive.

After the match I rinsed out my hair with cold water and dried it off with a t shirt. I must say it felt really soft afterwards. I’ll keep using this product and also try out regular mayonnaise too.  I’m hoping for a hair comeback.  If you guys have any tips on how to prevent or reduce breakage please pweeeeety please do share.  I’m on a different level of desperate right now.

xoxo – Judy

Judy in Transition

Hey guys. My name is Judy. I’ll be turning 25 this June which is extremely nerve racking. I remember when I used to think 25 year olds were soooo old, but anyways I digress. I am the transitioning one of the group. It’s been almost 5 months since I had a relaxer. I’ve always debated about going natural but never quite committed to it.  So why haven’t I done the big chop? That’s easy to answer. VANITY!!! I have never cut my hair shorter than chin length and I have no idea what I would look like without it. I’ve always received compliments on my hair so the vain part of me which is pretty major doesn’t want to let that go.

Transitioning hair requires a lot more maintenance since you’re dealing with two different textures. I get the ends trimmed frequently to reduce breakage and keep it as healthy as possible. The pictures below is the current length of my hair and growth.(Ignore the boy)Image

My hair is also very dry and requires a lot of moisture to keep it happy. I usually wash it once a week. I do it on the weekends when I have the time since it’s a long process. (I’m lazy when it comes to my hair so anything that requires more than 15 minutes is too long). The night before I apply coconut oil all through my hair applying a generous amount. I wrap it, put a shower cap on a let it stay overnight.ImageIn the morning, I wash my hair first with organics olive oil shampoo. In addition to dry hair I’m prone to alot of dandruff. This shampoo helps to take care of it. I then use one n only agarn oil shampoo followed by the restorative mask that I let sit for about 10 minutes. I alternate between the restorative mask and dark and lovely protein intensive conditioner. They are both great at minimizing breakage. Once I’m done, I use a t shirt instead of a towel to dry my hair. This also helps minimize breakage. (Clearly minimizing breakage is a big selling point for me 🙂 ). Once it’s mostly dry I use Cantu Shea butter strengthening treatment. I still use heat on my hair as far a blow drying and Cantu helps create a barrier and protects my hair from heat damage. And voila!!! I’m done after what seems like years I’m done.

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I am very excited about this hair journey. If you guys have any tips on how to maintain moisture or even protective hairstyles I would love to try them out.  xoxo.