My Natural Hair Journey – 7 Months In!

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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.

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.

Havana Twists

Jumbo Twists

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(These were my first time trying out the crochet style and I used this hair).

Senegalese Twists

(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?

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  4. I love the Senegalese Twists on you! I think you kind of need to give hair a rest now and then, but you found a way to still look amazing doing it! I’m Polynesian and I usually give my hair a break during winter, because it gets really dry here, however, my hair looks my like freakin cousin IT from Adams Family or Slash when I do, not even Argan or Coconut Oil keep it under Control! #ProductReviewParty

    1. admin says:

      Erika,

      Thanks. I agree sometimes hair does need a break. Our winters are super dry as well, which is why I have to make sure I faithfully get hot oil treatments.

      1. I so have to try hot oil treatments (I know what have I been thinking? lol) I’ll have to make the most of some downtime and FINALLY try one! I going to check out the SheaMoisture, thanks you hon for the great post!

        Take care

  5. Yep, I ditched relaxers years ago and it was the best decision. With my natural hair journey I didn’t do any weaves, I slowly trimmed off my relax ends and wore twist outs which happens to be on go-to style now. I flat iron my hair every no and then when I get my hair done, however my hair always reverts back within a day or two.

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    1. admin says:

      Lou,

      Your hair always looks wonderful girl. I have no clue how you manage. I guess as I get some years under my belt it will become more natural to me.

  6. I’m natural as well. It’s been a long time now. I used to just get my hair flat ironed all the time. For almost four years I’ve been going with the wash and go. My hair is thicker and grows pretty fast. Plus, I’m loving my curls. I flat iron every six months or so to switch things up. I wanna try some of those twists.

    1. Camesha,

      That is awesome. Do you have any favorite products that you use to keep your hair hydrated?

  7. Wow More power to you. My daughter ricks her natural locks, she loves it. I beet she will soon want to learn more about twists 🙂 She deffo doesnt want to put chemicals in it ! So thanks for sharing your routine and products !

  8. Suzie says:

    Girl your so pretty! I have been trying to go all natural for a while, had stoped coloring my hair etc. and raely heat process it etc etc. But I gave up and now get it highlighted every now and then lol! #productreviewparty

    1. admin says:

      Suzie,

      Thanks. I definitely want to give up at times, but I know the end results will be worth it. I haven’t been using heat in my hair, but I think in about six more months I am going to have to get back to my coloring.

  9. Your hair looks fab! It’s been awhile since I use chemicals for my hair. I learned my lesson…lol! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Elizabeth O. says:

    I’m sure you’re going to do great. It’s never easy to take care of our hair, sometimes it’s just too stressful. I think, so long as you have the right routine, you’re going to do just fine.

  11. kelly reci says:

    Yes you are right that maintaining natural hair is a ton of hard work! I once damage my hair big time! After that bad nightmare, I started to grow it naturally and maintain as it is! The result is a big prize for my hair!

  12. Cindy Ingalls says:

    I ditched the chemicals for quite a few years until the gray started appearing. Then I was all about covering it up. I love your natural hair. It is so lovely.

  13. Jeanine says:

    I dont think any of these hairdo’s look bad on you, it all looks fabulous. I will say though for me, I haven’t dyed my hair in a few months and I’m rocking the white (not even grey, WHITE!) it feels nice to just go with it!

  14. I love the Senegalese Twists on you! I’ve done just about everything with natural styles, from my own hair just wash and go, to flat iron, but you can just about always catch me with interlocks/crochets! I think I’ve been natural now since 2008. I pretty much cut off all my hair in 2006 and started letting it grow back out a year or so after that. Best decision of my life!

    1. admin says:

      Taya,

      You are my inspiration, but I have no clue how you manage it girl. I was going to do the big chop, but we both know how indecisive I can be so I’m just letting it grow and cutting as more comes in lol.

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