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.
Thanks for always reading.
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