Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hair Update: Going Natural Never Looked So Good!

As most of you know I've been natural for more than a year now. I didn't go the usual route that everyone else seems to take. In other words, there was no big chop for me. After growing my hair out for approximately 6 months without a relaxer, I chopped off all the hair that was below my earlobe. Since then I have gradually cut off all of the relaxed hair. Today I am completely relaxer free. I can't say, and won't say that I loved every bit of this journey. It has been hard! I've worn wigs for more than I'd ever care to. However, for me my hair has to be between armpit length and bra strap length when straight in order for me to feel attractive when wearing it curly. Don't judge me.

Since discovering what will make me feel comfortable, I have been on a mission not just to grow my hair, but to make it as healthy as possible while doing so. I've tried a gazillion products, and have learned what my hair does and does not like. For instance, my hair loves cremes. Loves loves loves them. Oil? Not so much. So I learned to just use oil to seal. So far, nothing makes my hair feel more moisturized than the Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil products. Currently I'm using these three:

I've tried using coconut oil as a prepoo, and also to seal, but yeah, no, it does nothing for me. These three products are the only one's that have worked for me thus far, but I'm very open to other suggestions.

This is the healthiest my hair has EVER been! I haven't thought about going back to the creamy crack once because my hair feels so friggin good! It's letting me know that this is the way it desires to be, and I'm listening. Anyway, the journey has been tough at times, but I love seeing the transformation of my hair. Seeing it go from a 3b:

to a 4a/b:

has been amazing. I have no clue what has caused it to change texture, but the more it grows, the tighter the curls get.

So here are my current hair pics. Any advice from the natural hair gurus will be welcomed with open arms:



Mistique said...

Pretty! Your hair grew fast! I can't use the ORG conditioner in the bottle, it makes my hair feel coated. I stick to the packs, but I keep hearing that the formulation is the same... Are you still using the flat iron that steams?

Reina said...

Thanks girl! Yes, I'm still using the maxiglide. I love her (yes, her)! She makes my hair silky, soft and straight when I want it to be. You know, these products are the only ones that seem to work for me *shrug*.