It’s been 9 months!

•August 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a while… I really had good intentions to blog about my hair journey at least once a week, but I got busy with school and work and other things.  I’ve been working on a slideshow that I’m going to post on youtube in November to mark the 1 year anniversary of my BC!  I’ll be sure to post the link when it’s up.

I have NOT stopped loving my hair for one second of this journey.  My relaxed hair is not missed AT ALL.

Here are a couple of current pictures of my natural hair.

I’ve changed my regimen a bit.  What I do now is co-wash with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and condition with V05 Moisture Milks conditioner.  I use warm water during the co-wash, but when I rinse out the V05, I switch to cold water (took me a while to get used to that after being used to taking very hot showers for years).  For a leave-in, I use Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioning cream.  It leaves my hair soft all day.

I also use Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel (the one in the green jar) when I need gel.  It’s really moisturizing.  It gets hard only when I use it in excess to do the shingling process (I think that’s the correct name for the process).  Here’s a picture of it:

When the gel dries it’s a bit… um… crunchy…. but it’s not bad.  It doesn’t bother me.  I’ve never worn this style for more than one day.  I always wash it out at the end of the day or first thing in the morning the next day.

edit 8.29.10: I left my “shingling” style up for 4 days!  I could have gone longer, but I was really eager to have my natural nappy back 🙂  When I washed out the Eco Styler, my hair was SO SOFT!  I loved it!  The olive oil in the gel really conditioned my hair for those four days and I loved the results.

I haven’t done many styles with my natural hair as of yet, but I plan to do more experimenting.  This winter, I’m going to have to find a protective style that I like, so if anyone has any ideas for me, let me know.


Big Chop: One Week Update

•November 29, 2009 • 1 Comment

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I am so excited about my natural hair!  Not once have I regretted this decision since my big chop ONE WEEK AGO (it was actually one week ago yesterday)!  I am learning so much about my hair (and products that I should and shouldn’t use).  I’ve pretty much started using Lorraine Massey’s CG (Curly Girl) Method… that means NO SHAMPOO.  ALL shampoos have Sodium Laurel Sulfate in them and it’s too harsh for your hair.  Lorraine suggests mixing the juice of one lemon with your usual amount of conditioner to cleanse your hair… or… mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water to rinse through your hair in the shower.  Look for a Curly Girl link on the sidebar.  Also look for a link to an ingredients list.  This has come in very handy for me.

I’ve found a few products that I like to use that have treated me well so far (it’s only been a week).  I’ll list them first, then the pictures will follow

I like to use Garnier Fructis Body Boost conditioner as a co-wash and leave-in (I think that I need to change this one because it’s a volumizing conditioner that I loved to use with my relaxed hair.  I don’t think I need volume now).

I also use Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut conditioner as a co-wash conditioner (this one smells FANTASTIC!).  I like it, but I think I like the Garnier better as a leave-in because it’s a little thicker than the Suave and my curls are a LOT more defined with it.  I have more curls and less frizz with the Garnier than I do with the Suave.

A conditioner that I’m testing out is Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner.  I’m just testing this one out because it has Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone in it and the CG Method suggests that you stay away from any ingredient whose names end in -one.  This conditioner smells SO GOOD that I want to find a way to keep it on my list of product to use.  I’m going to do more research on it and testing it on my own hair, and I’ll let you know whether or not I’ll be able to keep it on my list.

I used a product called Pro-Line Comb-Thru Softener for the very first time today and LOVED IT!!!  It has the consistency of a conditioner and it smells like baby powder (love that)!  For the first time, my hair was soft (and smelled like baby powder) ALL DAY.  My hair had been very hard and “crunchy” every day since my BC until I used this product today.  I just massaged it into my wet hair and let it air dry.  I didn’t use any oils or shea butter because I wanted to see what this product would do on its own and I was very pleased with the outcome.  My hair was dry without the oils, but it was soft and I was happy about that!

To moisturize my hair throughout the day, I use coconut oil and shea butter.  They’ve worked well so far, so I’ll continue to use them.

co wash conditioner

co-wash / leave- in




So, there are the few products that I use.  I’ll keep you updated!

The Beginning of My Natural Hair Journey

•November 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

So… I’ve decided to start this blog about my natural hair journey.  I decided to go natural in July, transitioned for four months and did the BIG CHOP just three days ago.  November 20, 2009 was the day of my BIG CHOP.  I’m 100% all natural, now, an oh so excited!  I’m also excited to share this experience with you!

me with a short, relaxed haircut in May 2009

This was on a cruise in May.  I had not decided to go natural yet, and was really enjoying my short cut.  My hair was a little longer than shoulder-length before I cut it a couple years ago.  Then it was chin-length until I cut it last year sometime (can’t remember the month)…  I LOVED my short haircut!

i transitioned with extensions for a month before my BC

I had never been a fan of extensions, but I had gotten to a point where I just couldn’t comb through the two textures anymore, so I got the extensions… hated every minute of it lol… they looked good, but they were uncomfortable.

the night of my BC

my first bantu-knot-out!