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In the summer of 2016, I decided it was time for me to do away with relaxers so I can start growing my hair out strong and healthy again. This month marks my seven-month milestone and I decided today I would share my process, what I’ve been doing, and what I plan to have achieved at my year mark.
Deciding to Let My Natural Hair Shine
Not using chemicals is the best thing for our hair. However, as a mom of three boys, it’s easy to get a relaxer every other month and wrap my hair and call it a day. I’m not kid less anymore so I don’t have hours to spend at the salon each week nor do I have hours to spend on my hair every day. There is simply too much that must be done. Therefore, I resulted to relaxers and sew ins and over the years it has wreaked havoc on my hair – split ins, thinning edges, the whole shebang.
Back in the summer, after my last relaxer, I was ready to call it quits. Natural hair is in these days so I decided why not jump on the trend and get my hair back to the way it used to be in the process. My end goal is to get healthy hair that is a little past my shoulders and while I know this is going to take some time and hard work on my part, so far it has been going good.
What to Do When the New Growth Starts
About three months in I was ready to call it quits ya’ll. The new growth starting coming in and washing my hair was no longer so quick and easy. My hair was a hot mess and I had no clue how I was going to find the time to keep it looking good.
Despite what I believed natural hair is super hard to take care of. If I go to sleep without properly treating it, in the morning it is a nightmare. But, thanks to hot oil treatments and protective hair styles I am pleased that I haven’t given up yet. I will tell you that after I take out my current protective style I am going to invest in some wigs to let my hair breath from braids, but I’m not yet confident enough to walk around full on natural (plus my relaxer and color is still growing out).
What I’m Using in My Hair
I suffer from a very dry scalp. Therefore, when not wearing protective styles I wash my hair once a week, do a hot oil treatment, and then use additional products throughout the week to ensure that my hair stays moisturized – especially in this harsh winter weather. Below are some of my favorite hair products that have been working well for me these past couple of months.
- Sulfur 8 – for greasing my scalp (It’s the only hair grease that doesn’t just evaporate after an hour or so).
- Sulfur 8 Braid Spray – for spraying my scalp when I have braids in
- Carol’s Daughter’s Hair Sheen – for spraying my hair when I have twists in (This stuff works so good ya’ll. When I take my twists out my hair is soft and fluffy like I never had extensions in.)
- SheaMoisture Edge Treatment – to help bring my edges back from sew ins (I have been using this product for about seven months and I am seeing improvements).
- Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion – for my hair when not wearing protective styles
- Deep Conditioning Treatment
- Hair Growth Oil – for my hot oil treatments
My Favorite Protective Styles
Protective styles are all the rage right now. They require little maintenance so I can just get up and go without having to figure out what to do with my hair. All I must do is spray and I’m good to go.
The downside is when it comes to wearing extensions my scalp isn’t too friendly with them. While others rave about wearing protective styles for months. I find it a struggle to keep mine in for two weeks (I’m trying to come up with a solution for this, though). Below are three protective styles that don’t take all day to get done and they allow me to continue my natural hair journey without sacrificing my hair.
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See this Instagram photo by @nik_sunni * 28 likes
(These were my first time trying out the crochet style and I used this hair).
(These were my first time trying out this specific style of twists and I used this hair. It did take about 5 hours to be installed, though, which was a little long for my liking, so I probably won’t do these again for a while).
Closing Thoughts on Natural Hair
Wearing and maintaining natural hair is a ton of hard work. However, I believe that the result will be worth it – having long healthy hair. Also, later this month or the beginning of February, myself, and Taya from IsDiva will be teaming up to try a hair challenge where we will attempt to boost our hair growth over the course of six months or so.
Have you ever ditched the chemicals and went natural? If so, how did your experience go?