I decided to do a natural hair update blog instead of video 🙂
My natural hair journey has been just that… a journey. There have been many ups and few downs, but overall, it has truly been a pleasure.
A lot of my journey has been spent discovering what my hair can and cannot do. All the YouTube videos with naturalistas look amazing, but some of it just wasn’t me or didn’t work on me. I’m guessing that my hair type is a 4b, based on the curl pattern.
I’ve tried two protective styles; box braids and weave, both of which lasted no more than a month unfortunately. My sew-in had me all messed up because I didn’t use protective heat styling tools and so I had heat damage at the front of my head, which made me take my sew in ALL THE WAY OUT because I didn’t want to have to cut most of my hair because of heat damage and didn’t want to wear a hat everyday… and the ITCH was AWFUL! My hair was a little too short for box braids. Two weeks in, I had two braids falling out a day. Truth be told…. I missed my hair.
It has really been a blessing to see what comes out of my scalp without the chemicals. I had no clue I had curly hair. My mom has gorgeous curly hair, so I wondered if mine would be something like it and it is… just a little smaller and a few more kinks 🙂
As you see in some of my pictures, I had blonde highlights put at the tips of my hair. It was great while it lasted, but honestly, I had a lot of breakage at the end of my hair when it started to grow out. It was dry and just not cutting it anymore. I had it for about 5 months and loved it. I still have some of the brown rinse that was placed on my hair with the blonde still in my hair and I love the color of it against my natural hair color which is a darker brown. After I took out my weave, I cut the blonde out completely so I could have cleaner and better looking ends.
My staple products of the moment are Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo, As I Am Coconut Cowash, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I usually only wash on weekends and maybe cowash every 3-4 days. I’m in the process of learning how to maintain styles over a few days instead of just one.
I LOVE two strand twists. Last night I used perm rods and achieved this look:
Right now I’m just learning new things to do with my hair. My length is kinda awkward, but I’m learning to work with it the best I can.
Of course I’m praying for growth, but right now the back, the middle, and the left side are all 5 in. The top is 3 1/2 and the right side is 4 1/3. I’m proud of how much my hair has grown. I take biotin… when I remember (lol).
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