Spreading the word

Lately I have been getting stopped by random women asking me questions about my hair. Without realizing it I have been spreading the word about natural hair and in my opinion have been giving some newly natural sisters some pretty good tips.
  • Accept the fact that most black folks hair is not straight & will never be straight unless it is altered with heat or chemicals. Accept the fact that your hair is probably Nappy, Kinky, Coily and or Curly. Love it like you love your other body parts.
  • Yes, you can wet your hair. Everyday if you wish. Water is good for black folks hair. Moisture = water.
  • Try leaving shampoos alone, shampoos has the same chemicals used in laundry detergent. Would you wash your hair in Tide? Give cowashing a try.
  • Use oils to seal in the moisture.
  • Deep condition at least once or twice a month.
  • Don’t keep your twa covered all the time, get to know your hair.
  • Ignore negative comments cause folks always have something to say.
  • Be patient, hair doesn’t grow over night.
  • Have fun and accessorize.
  • Love yourself.

Hair texture and type

It has been about 6 weeks since my BC and I think I know what my hair texture or hair type is. I really wasn’t into finding out what type of hair was growing out of my scalp. I just figured that most black hair was just about the same. But after coming across articles stating that in order to truly take proper care of your hair one must determine what is your hair textures and types.

One site that visit I often( naturally curly) uses the hair typing system by Andre Walker who is a celebrity hair dresser and has won numerous Emmys for his work on the Oprah Winfrey Show. His hair classification system consists of four hair types and subsets; straight, wavy,curly and kinky.

Since I have gotten rid of my permed hair I think I have a combination of type 3c curly and type 4a kinky.

According to Naturally Curly type 3c curly hair consists of tight corkscrew curls that  has a “S” pattern to it and looks like a stretched out slinky. Type 4a hair is tightly coiled that when stretched, has an “S” pattern, much like curly hair; hair is  very tightly coiled and very, very fragile, appears to be coarse, but it is actually quite fine, with lots and lots of this strands densely packed together.

You can find more info on hair types and texture at Naturally Curly.

Ten things I love About My Hair

It has been one month since my big chop and I am really loving my hair. I decided to come up with 10 reasons why I am in love with my curls so if I ever get discouraged on this journey I can look back here and see why I made this decision in the first place.

  1. Takes less than 20 minutes to do my hair.
  2. The curls and coils that are popping out all over the place. (I do not consider them naps)
  3. Softness
  4. At 2 – 3 inches in length I can wear a twa (teeny weeny afro) or curly fro
  5. Can go to sleep without worrying about messing up my hair
  6. My hair looks good with any outfit
  7. Don’t have to worry about a hair being out of place
  8. I can get my hair wet, daily if I wish
  9. It brings out my facial features
  10. My husband can run his fingers through it

I made it: Whipped shea butter

After coming across information regarding the benefits of natural products like shea butter and various oils I became increasingly interested in making whipped shea butter.  Using what I had on hand I made a batch and tried it for the first time today. I noticed that my curls were defined and held moisture through out the entire day. I may use a little less than I did today and will see how my hair reacts to this mixture.

Here is what I used to make it:

  • 4oz unrefined shea butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of hot six oil

Melt the shea butter in a hot water bath. In a mixing bowl combine shea butter, olive oil & hot six oil and blend using a hand mixer on low. Pour mixture in a airtight container and place in refrigerator for 2 hours. After 2 hours remove container and use to moisturize hair.

My hair care routine

After being natural for two weeks I have adopted a routine that works well with me.

Once a week

  • Do a co wash with suave coconut conditioner
  • Deep condition using Organics by Africa Best Hair Mayonnaise (cover hair with shower cap and sit for 1 hour, rinse).

Daily

Night time routine

I would love to try some of the Miss Jessie products or the Kinky Curly line but there is no room in my budget for those items. I would also like to try to make my own whipped shea butter one day.

Letting Go and Starting Over

I decided to start this blog to document my natural hair journey. I have been prowling natural hair websites and youtube for information and support. I noticed that they all suggest that one should track their progress through pictures, videos or journals.

I did my big chop with the help of my husband on February 18, 2010 after transitioning for about 6 months. My last relaxer was something during August or September 2009. After my big chop I was left with about 2 inches of hair. I actually like my nice little fro. I did not feel scared or anything. I actually was relieved and wondered what took me so long to get the courage to do it.

I had always thought about going natural but each time I would mention the idea to others I always received some type of negative comment. Now that I have grown to love myself (flaws and all), I realized that the decision to go natural will be mine, no one else’s. People are always going to have an opinion but I realized that in end I would be happy.

Relaxed

Natural