This blog isn't about relationships, so to speak. I've been on a natural hair journey for 2 years now. I must admit that the journey has been a very pleasant one.
My natural hair journey began in a somewhat nontraditional way. I never did the "big chop", which probably made my journey easy to begin with. My hair was cut short and i had that haircut for about 2 years. Then I had micro braids in my hair for a few months during the summer of 2012. Once i took the braids out, I really couldn't figure out what to do with my hair. I had a couple of wigs and some ponytails that I'd worn for a minute during that summer as well. In August of 2012, I just washed my hair and twisted it up and let it air dry. This picture is what it originally looked like.
I got A LOT of compliments on my new hair style, so I kept it. I never thought once that this was the beginning of a hair journey for me. I even liked it myself, which is hardly unheard of lol. I'm usually not a person who is a-ok with my hair styles. I change my hair very often. This is what my hair looked like in April 2014..
It doesn't look like much growth, but I can assure you all that shrinkage is real! It seems like the longer i went without a relaxer and the more I washed my hair, the more shrinkage i got! I had my hair blown out and pressed June 2014 and it's well past my shoulders.
A lot of people have asked me what products I use. For my shampoo and conditioner I use Tresemme products. I've been using Tresemme since I was in college. A friend of mine introduced me to it and it worked well on my hair. Back then i was the relaxer queen so i was surprised to find a shampoo and conditioner that i liked for my hair.
Now it took me a minute to find a product that worked well on my natural hair texture. I've probably tried and thrown out about 5 different brands of natural hair products. I'm mentioning this because when you're on a natural hair journey, it will take you a minute to find the right products for your hair. Not all natural hair has the same texture or ability to hold moisture. My hair holds moisture for a day or two, but after that, it's a rough dried up mess lol. I started off using Curl Control by Beautiful Textures. This is when i was twisting my hair weekly and letting it air dry.
I haven't really given much thought to how long I was going to stay natural. At this point, I haven't had a relaxer in my hair in nearly 2 1/2 years. My hair has regained it's natural texture from before i got my first relaxer when I was 10 years. I've given myself 5 years to see how much growth I'll have with out the relaxer, or creamy crack as the natural hair bloggers call it lol!
I just wanted to share with you all the products that I use because I get asked a lot what I put in my hair. I hope your natural hair journey is as fun and enjoyable as mine!