For the 89,474,569'th time, lol.
Taking in consideration that a lot of you guys are short on time and don't really like to read, I'm going to keep this blog post nice, simple and informative for you :)
My big chop date was February 12th, 2018. I wanted to get comfortable in my new transition before I uploaded a photo and let you guys in on what was going on. For those of you who don't know, I am a licensed stylist so I'm not really new to the whole hair thing, but it's still such a big deal to me.
I decided to 'Go Natural' to challenge myself. I've never really committed to the journey.. Or anything outside of PIMHair, really. With so much going on around us it's extremely hard to stay grounded and focused on one thing. Within the years, due to social media, we've watched so many people become what seem to be 'overnight success stories' and with sooooo many people wanting to be the next, I think it's made it difficult for our generation to commit to one thing. I decided to commit to this journey to help me refocus my thoughts and concentrate more on the things that matter to me and what I like! Just being healthy you know.. ; Not only with my appearance and the things I'm eating, but with my thoughts. Understanding what things I should be giving my attention to and values that are seeming to disappear with our generation.
I know y'all probably thinking 'This girl is about to be waving sage and talking to herself' ...LOL! I do that already, well as far as the talking to myself part because sometimes, hell, you need to. I assure you though, lol, I'm not going on some full on Nature girl transformation! I LOVE MY EXTENSIONS, I'm just embracing more of me these days.
With that being said, YES, you'll still see me in extensions and protective styles! So far it's been about a week into this journey and I'm excited!
Off the top of my head I'm listing a few things you absolutely NEED for going natural and next to them the products that I've been using:
Clarifying Shampoo : OKAY's Soothing and Invigoration Peppermint Shampoo
The Shampoo that I've used this month for clarifying is OKAY's Soothing and invigorating Peppermint shampoo. I have to say, it's definitely not my favorite and I'll more than likely be switching.
Moisturizing Conditioner (Co-wash) : Herbal Essence Hello Hydrations
If you know me by now you know I LIVE by this conditioner! I've been using this for as long as I can remember and they have YET to change their formula. Along with the smell, this product is just amazing. It does exactly what it says it does, hydrates my hair without weighing it down and clogging my pores.
Deep Conditioner: ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Pak
ORS has never let me down! (Even their relaxers, that I will no longer be using, lol) This is def my go to for those once a week, overnight, deep conditioning treatments!
Leave In Conditioner: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Before I was using a product that changed it's ingredients on me, and it just about tour me apart! I've pretty much been searching everywhere for a leave in conditioner that did exactly what that one did but I have yet to find one. I did find this Curl Enhancing Smoothie that does something very, very similar! So far I love this product as a leave in!!
Moisturizing or Curl Enhancing cream: Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue
Initially I was using Miss Jessie's Curl Pudding and I love that product. It made my hair super shiny and my curls super tight, but they weren't defined enough for me. Although I still loved the product! I came across the Curly Meringue because I had run out of the Curl Pudding. When I first applied this Curly Meringue to my hair I was annoyed because my curls were so loose... I didn't read the description on the package but this is a lengthening conditioner. It gets rid of your shrinkage!! Using the Curl Pudding, I wasn't able to go in and define my curls because it made my hair too tight and thick but after applying this product, Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue I noticed I was able to actually coil my hair with my fingers leaving them waaaaay more shiny and wayyyyy more defined after applying my Eco-styler!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! It's literally the secret ingredient for my coils.
Organic Oil: Sunny Isle's Extra Black Jamaican Castor Oil
Castor oil pretty much speaks for itself! This one is by far is my favorite for locking in moisture, promoting healthier hair growth!
Gel - Eco Styler Black Castor Oil & Flaxseed Oil
This gel definitely aids in enhancing and defining my curls without making them extremely hard!! The fact that it's water based and it also has black castor oil and flaxseed oil in it is also not a bad thing! I don't think anyone who is natural DOESN'T use EcoStyler. It's literally perfect.
Edge Control: Murray's Edgewax Exetrme Hold
As far as edge control goes, I pretty much alternate between this one by Murray's and Kera Care's Edge tamer! They are my favorite for an all day hold.
*Protein Treatments* I'm currently not using a protein treatment because my hair isn't shedding or breaking. But I'll update you guys when or if I ever need one.
Some other things that I'm using are a hooded hair dryer, shower comb, rat tail comb for coiling and detangling small sections, denman detangling brush, plastic caps for deep conditioning treatments and a silk scarf at night! I pretty much keep things as simple as possible because even though I'm 'Natural' my hair really doesn't need a lot of extra manipulation right now. I'm also not taking any hair vitamins at the moment, At least not for the next month because I want to see how my hair does without them first! I'll also update you guys when I decided to start taking them!
I hope this filled you guys in. Thank you so much for you support this far! I love my hair!