Your hair is?… Transitioning to natural
When and why did you start your hair journey?
I had first started my hair journey in 2009. I had cut my horribly damaged overly relaxed hair from almost APL to a neck length bob. I stayed purposely under processing my hair (texlaxing) way before I even knew it was a thing. My hair was growing but it wasn’t to my satisfaction. My ends were still splitting and my hair was dull. People always made the mistake thinking thick hair is healthy hair but it’s not always the case. My hair was the prime example. In 2012, I really started paying attention to my hair. I started tracking it and see what my problems really were.
People always ask me, why did you decide to return to natural. My answer is two fold. The first being my daughter. She saw me relaxing my hair and thought she should follow suit. I love her hair and realized the old saying is true. Action speaks louder than words. Your kids watch what you do way more than they listen to your talk. The second, I wasn’t getting where I thought I would be. I was also bored with the continual cycle of relaxing.
What is your current regimen?
I prepoo before every wash. I wash/cowash weekly with section and dry (spray with water) and finger detangle with conditioner/oil. I use the water in the shower to really detangle using a shower comb. I deep condition every week using some type of heat, whether heat cap, body heat or hood dryer. I dry in a shirt for 30/40 mins then go about styling. I apply my leave ins, heavy shea butter mix to my ends and occasionally a styling aid.
Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them? How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
I’m 45 wks into my transition. I plan on going maximum of 20 months, till my birthday Oct ’14. The minimum would be 18 months, sometime around my kid’s birthday. Jun/Jul. As for length, I’m currently APL, my natural hair being at neck length. My ultimate goal is MBL. I have really thick hair and know my limits.
What do you wish you knew at the start of your journey?
I wish I had stuck to my guns about keeping heat to only every 3/4 months. I gained absolutely no length in the first few months because I tried my hand at roller setting.
What are your favorite protective styles?
Braids, twists and bantu knows are my go tos. Buns used to be my hands down fave but it was putting to much pressure on my edges.
What are some of your favorite products?
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment and serum, Hair One (a cleansing conditioner), ORS Replenishing Conditioner, Queen Helene Cholesterol, oils (coconut/olive/jamaican black castor oil), aloe vera juice/gel, cheap conditioner (VO5/Tresemme/Hello Hydration) for detangling.
What do you love most about your hair?
My thickness. People strive/envy thick hair and I’ve been natural blessed to have it.
How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
People don’t doubt my going natural. People question how I’ll fit in the “job box.” I love expanding peoples ideas of normal.
What is the funniest or strangest hair related experience you’ve ever had?
I really don’t have any. I grew up in a white area so I’m used to the “can I touch/how do you get it like that/you only wash once a week?” I’ve been in the South long enough to ignore the ignorance of good hair/bad hair and the whole “grade” debacle.
Thank you for sharing your story with us!