Since it’ll be a year since I did the B.C (Big chop for those who don’t understand naturalista lingo) let me just say that it hasn’t all been fruit loops and dandies. The struggle is REAL y’all, and if there is anyone out there that is thinking about going natural let me break it down for you and tell you what most naturalistas don’t talk about:
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Cream & Eco Styler. I swear by those two things. I’ve tried everything from Pink Lotion to Kinky Curly and it just doesn’t quite work.
The longer my hair gets, the less it absorbs moisture. You would think going natural would gradually get easier once you get a nice system going. Wrong. I actually spend increasingly more time in the bathroom making sure my hair is more curled than poofed. I also sleep on a satin pillow (to retain moisture).
Please buy this for $12.99 if you want your hair to feel like an extreme brillow pad and concrete…
This is why I don’t like testing things out on my hair. I put this on one day thinking I was going to be cute boots and my hair became stiffer than a dead cat. NO curls, NO life, NO moisture, just dead.
Shae Moisture Curl Enhancing Cream works the best for my hair. It doesn’t get it VERY curly, but gives it more of a twist and alotta moisture.
Products I’ve Tried That I Hate:
*Motions Hair & Scalp Daily Moisturizing Hair Dress
There is more, but for the life of me I can’t remember the other products. In conclusion, DO NOT use III Sisters of Nature Curly Whip Pudding if you have naturally dry, kinky hair.
Thanks to my sister being the test dummy, I decided to try it out myself. This natural hair conditioning mask consists of Honey, Olive Oil and Vitamin E Oil. I didn’t bother to measure anything so feel free to play around with it, all the ingredients are safe for your hair, but let me break it down for you.
Vitamin E Oil: “Vitamin E is an essential oil and helps to improve circulation. Increased circulation in the scalp is beneficial for health and growth. Vitamin E, taken internally or applied topically, can make hair lustrous and bouncy, as well as prevent breakage”
Honey: “Due to the many characteristics of honey, hair is actually nourished and enriched. It is food for hair.”
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Olive Oil: “Olive oil nourishes, conditions, and improves the strength and elasticity of your hair”
So in a nutshell, what’s good for you on the inside, is good for you in the outside (even BEER is good for your hair!) In making this hair mask I combined more honey than olive oil, and just a little bit of Vitamin E Oil. I made enough for two applications and stored it tight in a mason jar. The measurements of the ingredients is entirely up to you. (I suggest using more honey than the rest of the ingredients)
Since my hair is short, I don’t need to divide and conquer each strand by using clips and parts. I put it on like I would any other conditioner and wrapped my head in a plastic bag. While I felt like a crazy person, I let my hair sit for about 20 minutes. The honey is very thick on your hair but washes out with ease.
While I was rinsing it out, my hair felt more CLEAN than soft. It was soft yes, but not as soft as it would have been if I would have used my normal conditioner. The good thing about it was that even after I let my hair air dry It was STILL soft, and that never happens when I use my normal conditioner.
I applied a little bit of Coconut Oil after letting my hair dry to lock in a little bit of moisture.
I would make this again, but next time I would use more Honey.
She already told y’all she is not the poster girl for natural hair! I’m partial on this look though, She still looks great and that outfit is stunning, but I think I miss her poof ball! I wonder if she permed it…
It didn’t take me too long after I cut my hair to find a product I can rely on. I breezed through two products and finally found this one. I must say I am very satisfied.
It smells GREAT, makes my curls thicker, adds a little bit of moisture and is not sticky. It lasts all day and doesn’t leave my hair dry or hard. Very light weight but works well. You don’t even need to use water.. this is some good stuff!
I bought it at Target for $9.99.
|On the right is after 3 weeks.|
It takes a lot of confidence to walk around here dang near bearing your scalp, but I did it! (with the support of my sister and my husband). Yes I’m married now and we’ll get to that later, I’ll dedicate a whole post to that.
Any who, to be completely honest with you guys, I did not like it at first. I felt naked and very much insecure, for at least the first few days. Then I dyed it and got some really good products and BOOM, major confidence boost.
Yes it is true you do not need to chop ALL of your hair off to go natural. You can go through what the natural women call the “transitioning period” where you stop perming and pressing your hair and get it trimmed as needed to cut out the perm until you’re all natural. That takes time and patience. I tried that (for a day) and I personally found it very difficult to hold a natural style, due to the different textures. Also I have no patience. The top half was natural and the bottom half was straight. My hair looked terrible.
I’m not one of these women who cuts off their hair an goes natural and then sit around shaming every woman out of their weaves or perms. What works for you is what works for you, and we are all beautiful either way. It’s just a huge burden off of me now. The feeling of being able to welcome water when it comes to your hair is a blessing. Shower time is much more fun.
If you are deciding to do the big chop, I say think about it for a few days and once you’re sure, go ahead. It’s like losing a dear friend when you see all your hair laid out on the salon floor. On the bright side, if you don’t like it go on down to the beauty supply and get you a Nene Leakes wig until your hair returns, even if you do that you can stay natural!