My natural hair journey is unique because I decided to transition as a method to grow out my natural hair instead of doing the big chop. In other words, I basically stopped receiving a perm because it caused my hair to thin as well as break off.
Many people who went the transitioning route will tell you that there are positives and negatives to transitioning, but I loved it for the most part. I love transitioning because I was able to retain my hair length (I was used to styling my hair long). The main problem with transitioning is that I I had to blend two different hair textures. As a solution to the blending problem, I usually wear my hair in a twist out now. When I am tired of doing twist outs, I alternate between low manipulation buns or I will install crochet braid. In order to get rid of the perm hair, I trimmed my hair every two or three months.
For about two weeks I’d been working on a post about the whole texture discrimination issue. I had a very thorough write up too! If you guys read it you would think I was just angry! Lol I wasn’t I was just giving my opinion.
Welp as you can see I decided not to post it ( I know all that hard work gone ). What I wrote was simply just an opinion that may or may not rub people the wrong way. I decided that I did not want to add more fire to the fuel ( did I say that saying right).
I love how going natural has evolved over the years but I don’t like how it seems to be a popularity contest. Does it really matter whose blog gets the most likes and subscribers?!?! ( a snippet from the write up I didn’t post). Everyone brings there own character and energy in their videos.
I lust over my own hair. Of course you all have beautiful hair too but I love my own just a little more! As I always say your hair is YOUR hair! So what’s all the fuss about?!?!
Since we started the 30 day hair challenge. I’ve been using the Mango Coconut water Infused Deep Conditioner weekly.
I can feel myself ready for a hair change (another color) so I wanted to get in the habit of deep conditioning weekly instead of bi-weekly.
So far I love the smell of the product lol and I love how soft it makes my hair feel after I’ve let it sit for about 30 mins. I don’t sit under the dryer I place a cap over my head and a towel for the heat and busy myself until it’s time to wash the conditioner out.
Doing weekly deep conditioning I’ve noticed that my hair looks shiny and again feels softer. I like to detangle my hair when I apply the deep conditioner and I’ve found that it makes my hair manageable when doing so.
I really like the look of my hair after it’s air dryed ( of course I add in my fav leave in and oil combo)
If you guys didn’t know we have been doing a 30 day hair challenge with Naturellegrow hair products. This is our midpoint progress with hair. So far my fav that I’ve been using a lot is the deep conditioner. Product reviews and hair tutorials coming soon!
Let’s face it ladies, taking care of unprocessed hair or hair in its natural state is no walk in the park. It takes time patience and a whole lot of care. Being that we all have different textures, each one of our regimens will vary from natural to natural. Often times we tend to get caught up in mimicking what we see other naturals do, but we must tread lightly. Hey I’ve been guilty of mimicking too!!! Does this sound familiar…??? you watch a video or tutorial; follow it to the tee and your results look nothing like what you just watched. Yeah been there!! I’ve found that the best way for me to achieve great looking hair is LISTENING to it. My hair tells me what she wants and I give it to her. For example, if she’s feeling/looking dry, I’m off to find my spray bottle of water or in the shower to co wash. If I notice a lot of single strand knots, I know its time for a trim or maybe a good deep condition. From listening to my hair I was able to develop a regimen of my own that not only produced great looking results but benefited the overall health of my hair. Its all about LISTENING!!!
As Always Live, Love and Embrace your hair
While this is a blog about promoting natural hair I wanted to speak on things that are not natural. If you read in the bio (Erin’s Story) I will be coming up on 9 yrs of being natural in August! Go me! Lol
In my almost 9 year journey I’ve learned that you can’t go off of what everyone else does or says. Yes, I take and give lots of advice but I always like to experiment for myself. What may work for your hair may not work for mine but I’ll try it. Just because we have different hair textures doesn’t mean your techniques won’t work with my hair but I’ll try it.
I’ve done just about anything you can name with my hair except a sew-in ( I will be trying it sooner or later though). I’ve had my share of heat damage, breakage, split ends. But being natural is all about trial and error with your hair being the consequence.
I’m saying all this to say that there is nothing wrong with wearing weave, wigs, braids or even straightening your hair. As long as you are aware of the consequences and are prepared to deal with it. Being natural has advanced so much from when some of us started so there should be no worries!