One Month Natural!

I have been natural for one month, and I am loving it!  I get up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to get to the gym by 5:15 a.m. to workout.  Being natural this past month has made my before, during and after workout effortless.  When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is spray my hair with water to give it some moisture. I keep a spray bottle filled with distilled water in my bathroom so it’s readily available when I need it. Once I’m at the gym, I don’t have to worry about sweating out my hair, wrapping it up, or any of the concerns I had when my hair was relaxed. After my workout, I hop in the shower and co-wash my hair. Since my hair is so short, styling it takes no time at all.  I love it!

This past month has also been trial and error with finding the right products to use to get the results I want and establishing a regimen.  I have found what works right now for me.  In my next post, I will talk about my hair regimen and the products I am currently using.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”        – Maya Angelou

Shampoo Day

Today was shampoo day.  This is the second time I’ve shampooed since my big chop.  The first was right after my hair cut to remove all of the loose hair.  I have been co-washing my hair about five times a week, and staying away from sulfates and non-soluble silicones.  Since it’s so short, I’m taking advantage of washing it so often.  I’m sure once it grows out, I won’t co-wash so often.

After shampooing with Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo, I deep conditioned with Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner.  I sat under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes since I have low porosity hair.  After I rinsed that out, I applied TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner as a leave in, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, and Eco Styling Gel.  This was my first time leaving the Shea Moisture in my hair without rinsing it out, I usually use it as a deep conditioning treatment.  I’m still experimenting with different products, but I am limited to the natural hair products the Base carries since I’m currently living overseas.  I may eventually order some products, but for now I will use what’s available.  I like the results; the curls are definitely popping!

My Feelings Today

It’s been three weeks since my big chop.  Sometimes when I look in the mirror, I’m still somewhat surprised by the me I see staring back. I have mixed emotions at times, but after all, I’m human and this is a new experience for me.  But today when I looked in the mirror, all I saw was beautiful.  Every part of me was pleased by this teeny weeny garden growing on top of my head.  I smiled and told myself that I was beautiful.  Three weeks ago before all of my relaxed hair was cut off, I thought I was pretty.  But today, I know I am beautiful!

WELCOME

Hello everyone and welcome to my natural hair journey blog!  This is where I will share my story with you.  I will be writing about what products I am using, how I’m styling my hair (once it grows out), my thoughts and feelings during this journey, how I’m training my hair to retain moisture since I have low porosity hair, just to name a few.   So, if you just happened to stumble across my blog or were invited, stay tuned for more to come.  Again, Welcome!

I Did the “BIG CHOP” on September 10, 2014

I’d never thought about going natural before, and I must say that it was the furthest thing from my mind. So, you may ask how I came to make such a decision. The truth is, my hair was extremely damaged from over processing and excessive heat usage. I mean, I was relaxing my hair every four weeks and using the flat iron on a daily basis. I had no idea I was damaging my hair, I was just trying to look my best. Once I realized that my hair was in such bad condition, I went to the salon and asked the stylist for help. He gave me a deep conditioning treatment and said I couldn’t put another relaxer in my hair for a while. Now, a year ago, I went to the salon faithfully every two weeks. However, I have been living overseas with my husband for the past year, and I haven’t been able to find that same type of care for my hair. I began researching damaged hair on the internet and what I could do myself to get it back in shape. I read where someone said to cut it off and start over again…that was my “aha” moment! I went back to the salon and had all of the relaxer cut out, which left little to nothing since I didn’t have a lot of new growth. I didn’t feel liberated or anything like that, I just felt that this is what I needed to do. Since I have embarked upon this natural hair journey, I know it was the best decision for me.