Monday, 25 February 2013

Gone Natural & Loving it :-)


Hello Loviessss,

Hope we all had a fab weekend? I was home better part of the weekend cos i sensed i was about to fall ill so i decided to take it easy.

A few of my faithful readers(bless you all) have sent me emails and asked that i do a post on my own natural hair and i've finally gotten round to taking pictures (did i mention i am very lazy when it comes to taking pictures?)

Anyhoo, i decided to go natural in June last year and my reason isn't quite different from most naturals; I dislike relaxers. Mine was not the case of the relaxers damaging my hair, (i am kind of blessed with good hair genes from my mum; God bless her soul) it was more about my scalp being too tender and yes i tried texturizers and nothing worked. Also i had issues with my stylists who managed to cut off my own hair whenever they take out my weaves or braids and i ended up with uneven hair and finally, i have terrible dry scalp (dandruff).

Long story cut short, i decided to go natural. My sisters didn't believe me cos i have cut my permed hair in the past to Anita Baker, grown it bla bla bla so they thought this was one of my usual hair tantrums. 

I cannot begin to explain the feeling i got when i took the decision. It felt so liberating. I didn't do the big chop, i just cut off most of the perm and left a bit so i could still work with it as the natural hair is all still new to me. So as it is now, i am still in the transition stage. 

Fast forward to this weekend, I had planned to go to the salon to deep condition/steam my hair but cos of how i was feeling, i decided to do it myself at home. Now most naturals are hair products junkies and i am no exception. I remember when i first decided to go natural, i bought every product i could find. But as always, when you finally understand your hair, you know what products work for you.

I went through a simple process of cleansing/washing my hair, then i mixed my concoction of deep conditioner, organic coconut oil & olive oil. (my hair gets dry so easily so trust me i need all the oil it can take). 

Then i covered it with a plastic cap for about 2hours cos i don't have a steamer at home and allowed my body heat to work its magic. I have heard so many school of thoughts regarding how long you should deep condition your hair for.  Anywhere between 30 minutes - 4 hours is fine. Some people even have it on all night. Well i say whatever works for you.

I then rinsed out with cold water and my hair felt softer than ever. (I hope it lasts). I am actually thinking of deep conditioning every week.

I'll do another hair post on my hair in 3 months to see how natural it looks. I'm hoping the perm would be almost gone by then.

Below are pictures i took from the beginning/process to the end.

Thanks for always reading.

xoxo.



 L-R: Sulphate free shampoo, deep conditioner, extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil.



 L-R: Cleanse/shampoo, Deep Conditioner, Detangler/Leave-in, Shine oil, Styling. The texture my way products are God's gift to my hair. 

The spray bottle: I mix a little water and all sorts of oils in in to spray my hair daily to give it moisture.
Bobby Pins: Natural hair girl's best friend
Combs: Different types
Plastic Cup & Spoon: To mix my concoction for conditioning

 Other products i use: V05 Conditioner (for normal conditioning - smells really nice), Dax indian hemp hair cream, Pure Shea butter, Leave-in & growth lotion

 After washing & applying my mixture of texture my way conditioner, olive oil & coconut oil


                                  Covered with a tight plastic cap

                                  After 2 hours in the plastic cap

                                                Bantu Knot all night

  
I usually use the hair teeth to help me define where my bobby pins go






19 comments:

  1. Wow stylefash your hair looks so soft and lovely. My hair is a mess, between stylists and flat irons, don't know which worsened my case. This has really inspired me. I would take the bold step. Do you still fix weaves though? By the way you have great skin, it looks flawless.

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    1. Hey lovie, :-( about the hair being a mess at the moment. I totally understand. The flat iron is another hair killer when not used properly. Have you tried using a thermal protector before flat ironing?

      Yes i still fix weaves but rarely. I do the all closed up styles or invisible part.

      Thanks for your comment on my skin *blushing seriously*

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  2. Oooh! your hair looks so lovely and soft..i'm almost tempted to go natural (LOL). This is really nice...and i just learnt how to deep condition my hair by myself at home! Coolies....nice job, stylefash.

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    1. Hi Lamina lovie, deep conditioning is the hair's best friend whether natural, texturized or relaxed. Glad you've learnt to do it yourself at home. xoxo

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  3. Yayyy finally we get see your face stylefash. I am really tempted to go natural cos my case is bad. All I do Is relax the front bit that shows when I get a weave done so my hair is in a terrible state. I wish I could do a big chop to the hair but I'll look like a bird if I try that. LOL. I think I'll just trim off the perm and try and go natural. I am truly inspired. Nice post. And yep I agree with the first comment, you've got really beautiful skin.

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    1. Hey Lovie, LOL @ finally getting to see my face.

      Wow thats the really bad one. Relaxing & flat ironing just the part that shows when you fix a weave. I advise you slow down and do some protective hairstyles for about 3 months. Get some box braids done, or do an all covered weave so the hair can rest.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Hey girl wow you've got really soft hair. The good thing about having your natural hair is it makes you look unique and you standout. I wish i was this bold. I am so used to weaves i don't know what i'll look like if i go natural. i can't wait to see what it looks like in 3 months. Hope its still this soft. Lovely post

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    1. Hey Tami Lovie, long time. I can't wait too for 3 months to see how it looks. It probably wont be this soft cos most of the perm would have fallen off. But i'll continue using my coconut & olive oil to keep softening the hair.

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  5. Olive says...

    Your hair texture looks so nice & soft. This post has definitely educated me on how to start my natural journey without doing the big chop. Its amazing how many people want to start this journey but do not know how to.
    Meanwhile i see your shoes in the background LOL. And yes i agree with all the other comments on your lovely skin. Perhaps one day you will do a post on your skin regime.

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    1. Hey Olive Lovie, i am glad you found this post informative. Going natural is truly a journey. Thanks for your comments on my skin *blushing much*. I'll see about the post on my skin regime. fingers crossed. Thanks for your lovely comments. xoxo

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  6. Stylefash. I love you is all i have to say here. *Kisses*

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    1. aww thanks so much lovie. kisses. xoxo

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  7. Loving the way you style the hair. My hair is natural and shorter, I had to cut it cos it was breaking and I've been postponing relaxing the hair. Now I have inspiration that going natural is also a great option . Could you give some tips on shorter natural hair.

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    1. Hey Kiene Lovie,

      Would do a post on short natural hair really soon. Thanks for always reading. kisses.

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  8. I tried to go natural but decided to take step down from relaxing and tex-lax instead.

    Good luck with your journey!

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    1. Hey Ladi,

      Yeah going natural needs a lot of patience so Tex-laxing is great too and more manageable.

      Thanks for always reading. xoxo

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  9. haaa all ds on one head...lol, its worth the sacrifice sha...ur hair looks so fab!

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  10. hi Tee Lovie,

    Thanks for you comment & stopping by. xxx

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  11. Ok I think I'm officially obsessed with this hair thingy, I have come to this post to get tips :)

    dressed2dnines.blogspot.com

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