Monthly Archives: July 2010

Natural is Beautiful

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Isn’t it funny how once something becomes obvious to you, you start noticing it everywhere. For example, your boyfriend buys a new black hybrid-you start seeing black hybrids on every corner. Every since I have decided to go on this natural journey, I have noticed so many woman with their natural locks…and they are beautiful!
I mean I noticed before, but not the way I notice now. Now, I look at the way that they have styled their twa’s and the fun in their twist-outs and the strength in their locs. It’s a beautiful thing.
On the unfortunate side of the coin, I have also noticed the African-American women whom I have explained my journey to. When let them know that I am going natural they say to me “well good luck with that one” or “well…let me know how that works out for you.”
It doesn’t offend me, it just makes me sad. I mean, really, is it that bad to know yourself. Embrace every part of who you are. But, honestly I can’t blame them because I did have that same mentality. It is the fear of the unknown and what you don’t understand does hurt you. I’m learning as I grow and I can’t say enough how excited I am to begin this journey :~)

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Finally Figured it Out…well I think so at least

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So, this past Friday–right after work–I went Whole Foods to see what I could see.  Boy was it nice! I ended up picking up the following:

  • Avalon Organics Clarifying Conditioner Lemon enriched with Shea butter & Babassu Oil
  • Avalon Organics Shampoo Lemon
  • Kinky Curly Curling Custard
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Then,  once I couldn’t find any natural oils I decided to head over to Meijer and pick up some:

  • Doo Gro Mega Thick oil

I decided to do a co-wash with the Avalon Organics Conditioner and follow up with an ACV rinse which I put a shower cap over for about 15 minutes before washing out. My hair needed some moisture BADLY!!! So, I used the Doo Gro Mega Thick oil for a nice (and relaxing) hot oil treatment.  Once  I rinsed my hair out I combed it out with a wide-tooth comb very gently and started with my bantu-knot out. I used the Kinky Curly Custard on each section that I knotted then wrapped my head with a bonnet and let it dry out.

See the results:

Bantu Knot-Out

I really think this added so much moisture to my hair.  It lost a lot of its dryness.   The previous hairstyles didn’t come out as nice and shiny because my hair was so dry.  Another thing I noticed with this method is that I didn’t have any dandruff.  A lot of times after I wash my hair with shampoo I can still see dandruff caked up in some places.  No matter how hard I scrub. Then when I blow dry my hair it just drys up as well and then it all over everywhere.  But, this time, without even using shampoo my hair feels clean and I don’t see any dandruff and it smells so good!

Today I washed it again and did the bantu knot-out (cause it’s sooo easy) and I bought some Shea Butter Mega moisturizer to use as an oil sheen for my hair once I take it all out.  Yep, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!  I will make it up this hill!  I can’t wait until I get to the top! 🙂 

My Mixed Emotions

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I’m having all of these mixed emotions.  I am officially 3 days into the process.  I have been reading like crazy!!! It is definately a challenge mentally, physically and emotionally.   I mean, I know in the end this is going to be rewarding, but right now I’m happy, scared, excited, worried and overwhelemed all at the same time.

I’m happy about my choice, I do think this is an awesome thing for me to do.

I’m scared of the challenge-that I may end up relaxing my hair because it’s the easy thing to do.  I have gotten to know my hair in that form and it is easier for me to maintain.

I’m excited about the results. Yesterday I went through my calendar and marked my milestones and what I’m going to do for myself when I get to those points.

I’m worried about keeping a nice, clean hairstyle at all times. This will be the most difficult part of this journey just because I don’t know what my natural hair looks like (so strange to admit) and what the needs will be, but at the same time I’m pretty excited to get to know my hair.

I’m overwhelmed with all of the information and products that are out there. The texture of my hair-is it a 4a, b, or c or a combination of all 3? To poo or not to poo? What should my regimen be?  Ohhh em geeeee!!!

Anyway, this weekend I am taking a trip to Whole Foods and I am going to try a new method. One thing I do know and that is my hair is thirsty and it needs to be watered ASAP! The dryness is not a good look at all!!! So we are going to get that taken care of #1 on the list.

Til next time…Be blessesd~

NJoy

Day One of my Journey

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You know, I really feel like I am going on the ride of my life.  This is like an unplanned road trip-I have all the tools and I generally know the direction I am going to travel, but I really don’t know where I’m going to end up. It’s all good though because I’m so excited! I’m packed up (very lightly) and ready to go!

My tools consist of some hair rollers, conditioner, wide-tooth comb and the support of other women who know what it is to travel this road. I will stop by and pick up advice and get directions as I go…as for now I know I’m on my way leaving my perm (yes, girl my perm), hot curlers, sulfate shampoos and any other chemicals that I depended on to keep my hair laid straight, behind.

For those of you who don’t understand, this is hard for me because I have been getting my hair straightened for as long as I can remember and for me that is the only way to go. However, I recently went through some damaging experiences with my hair and for about 2 months now I have been wearing a weave. I’m ready for my hair to grow back, but this time I want it to grow naturally. I have been researching this for a little while now and I am pretty convinced that this is the way to go. Now, there are women that do the drastic BC (big chop) where they cut off all of their relaxed hair to get the totally natural look. Well…I won’t be doing that for a looonnng while.  I will, however, be going through the transition stage and that in itself will be a trying experience for me.

I’m pretty excited though and I’m really excited to see where I will end up a year from now!

All right now…I’m off! Check out some recent pictures below.  My first natural hairstyle with only rollers and no heat. I am still researching the perfect products for my hair (will share) but last night I basically washed my hair with a conditioner once I realized:  a) how much condition I lacked and 2. how bad shampoo with sulfate is for your hair (and I had plenty of that).

Check me out: