Celebration 🎉

Hello everyone! I’m sorry I have been MIA. I’ve been trying to juggle school and work and haven’t had much time for my blog lately. I have decided to make a blog today because February 8th is a special day for me. Today makes one year and four months since I’ve big chop! I can’t even believe it’s been that long. My hair has grown so much and I’ve also learned so much within this time frame. I have figured out what products work for me and what products don’t, I’ve mastered my wash and go, as well as loved my hair in ways that I didn’t think I could. Now I’m not saying I know everything about the “natural” lifestyle, but I do know more now than I did a year and four months ago. Looking back I’m so glad I decided to make the decision to big chop and go “natural”. It’s definitely a life changing experience.

Feel free to comment and let me know how long you’ve been “natural”.

Thanks for reading xoxo

The “natural” bandwagon

  • Everyone’s familiar with the term bandwagon I’m sure. It’s a particular activity or cause that has suddenly become fashionable or popular. It seems like people are seeing others go “natural” so they think “I might as well jump on the bandwagon and go “natural” as well.” But being “natural” isn’t a fad, it’s a way of life. So many people think they want to be “natural” without even realizing or knowing what it takes to be “natural”. No I’m not saying I’m a “natural” expert because I’m not. I’m just saying before you ‘hop on that bandwagon’, make sure you know what you’re hopping into. Like I mentioned in a previous post, being “natural” is way harder than not being “natural”.
  • Tips/questions you need to know/ask yourself before you hop on the bandwagon (no being “natural” isn’t a bandwagon, but people look at it like it is so I’m using the term)
  1. Be patient (especially if you’re thinking about transitioning or doing the big chop, your hair will grow it will just take time)
  2. Are you willing to spend numerous amount of dollars on products? (Depending on what products you use, be prepared to spend $20-$30 if not more)
  3. This goes with #2, are you going to be okay with spending your money on products and then realizing it doesn’t work for your hair?
  4. Washing/styling your hair will take time. Do you have the time to care and do your hair? (Most people wear protective styles to protect their hair, but also because they don’t want to deal with their “natural” hair)
  5. Just because a product worked for someone else’s hair, doesn’t mean it will work for your hair
  6. Yes her wash and go or twist/braid out is poppin, but are you willing to put in the effort to make yours?
  7. Consistency is key. You will need to develop a hair regimen and stick with it.
  8. Don’t go “natural” because you like someone’s hair, or because someone else did it.

These are just some of the tips/questions I feel you should know before you make the decision to go “natural”. Personally, I love my hair and being “natural”. The reason being is because when you love something, you take care of it.

Feel free to comment your thoughts or if I left any tips/questions out.

Thanks for reading xoxo

LOC vs LCO

Hello my naturalistas! This post is discussing the two main methods that are used to retain moisture in your hair. If you’re unfamiliar with what the letters stand for in the acronym, L stands for liquid, O stands for oil and C stands for cream.

The LOC method:

  1. Saturate/moisturize your hair with water or a leave in conditioner (preferably water based)
  2. Seal in your moisture with an oil of your choice
  3. Use a cream to close the hair cuticle, which also seals in moisture

The LCO method:

  1. Saturate/moisturize your hair with water or a leave in conditioner (preferably water based)
  2. Use a cream to close the hair cuticle, which also seals in moisture
  3. Seal in your moisture with an oil of your choice

Because oil is a sealant and not moisturizer, most naturalistas would say use the LCO method to seal in the moisture with oil last. I tried the LCO method and it didn’t work for me. I felt like my hair was being weighed down with the oil last. So, I use the LOC method and it works just fine for me. Everyone’s hair is different, so try both to see what works best for you.

Feel free to comment what method you use and your experiences.

Thanks for reading xoxo

Top 20 Shopping List for Naturalistas

Hey my naturalistas 😊 This post is a list of things I or other naturalistas use for our “natural” hair. *TETO = to each their own

  1. Shampoo (preferably sulfate-free, but we all have different hair so TETO)
  2. Conditioner (I personally don’t use regular conditioner, TETO)
  3. Hot oil treatment (I buy mine, but some make theirs. TETO)
  4. Deep conditioner (I buy my deep conditioner, but some uses their regular conditioner as deep conditioner. Others make theirs. TETO)
  5. Leave in conditioner (I buy mine, some make theirs. TETO)
  6. Oils
  7. Creams (I use creams)
  8. Butters (I haven’t tried butters yet)
  9. Gels (I’ve used gels before, not a fan of them. TETO)
  10. Shower caps (for hot oil treatment, deep conditioner)
  11. Q-redew steamer (for hot oil treatment, deep conditioner; may make a post about this later)
  12. Wide tooth comb (I use this)
  13. Denman brush (I’ve tried a denman brush and it doesn’t work for my hair. My curls are already tight and it just made them tighter. TETO)
  14. Satin scarf/bonnet/pillowcase (I use a bonnet)
  15. Spray bottle (Mine only has water, some have leave in conditioner and/or oils in theirs. TETO)
  16. Clips (to section hair when washing or when styling)
  17. Blow dryer (I don’t use a blow dryer, TETO)
  18. Protein treatment (I use to do a protein treatment often, now not so much. I need to start back though)
  19. Ponytail holders
  20. Pick (mine is more of a scalp massager)

Feel free to comment if I left something out or if you use any or all of these.

Thanks for reading xoxo

To wash or to co-wash?

Although I’m a newly “natural”, I’ve heard and seen many naturalistas discuss whether to shampoo or co-wash your hair. If you’re unfamiliar with co-washing, it’s when you wash your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. This is because some shampoos have sulfates that strip your natural oils from your hair, which can lead to breakage or your hair being more dry. After I did my big chop, I was curious about co-washing my hair because I seen that’s what most naturalistas do. So of course I decided to try it. I hated it. I’m not sure if it was the products I used to co-wash my hair or what, but my hair felt more dry with co-washing than it did with shampoo. I also felt like my hair didn’t feel as clean. So on my wash days, I use a sulfate-free shampoo and I wash my hair once a week. Now I’m not bashing those that do co-wash because what may not work for me, may work for you. I’m just letting you know my personal experience and what I do for my hair.

Feel free to let me know if you use shampoo or co-wash. Also, if you had an experiences with co-washing.

Thanks for reading xoxo

The shrinkage is real

Most, if not all, naturalistas have shrinkage. Shrinkage usually happens to the naturalistas that have curly/coily/kinky texture (Type 3-4). It’s when your hair shrinks it’s appearance. For instance, your hair may be longer when wet, but when it dries it shrinks. It can be really challenging to accept shrinkage if your hair is shoulder, bra strap or mid-back length when it’s wet and a TWA when dry (crazy right?!). Yes we would all love for our “natural” hair to stay the same length whether it’s wet or dry, but that’s not reality. Shrinkage is actually a good thing. It’s a sign that you have healthy hair. Some naturalistas embrace their shrinkage (wearing wash & go’s). On the other hand, some naturalistas limit the amount of shrinkage they have by banding their hair, blow drying their roots, twist/braid outs, etc. Now I’m not saying everyone should embrace their shrinkage, because we all like our hair to look a certain way. I’m just informing you that all though we may not always like shrinkage, it’s not a bad thing and it’s inevitable. I personally think it’s amazing that your hair can be perceived one way, yet be totally different another day depending on the style you choose.

Feel free to comment how you feel about shrinkage.

Thanks for reading xoxo

“Natural” hair stages

There are many stages of “natural” hair as your hair grows. There’s the transitioning stage, the big chop, teeny-weeny afro (TWA), awkward stage, shoulder-length, etc. Of course all these stages may not apply to you depending on your hair journey.

  1. The transitioning stage: this is the stage where you still have perm/chemicals in your hair and you decide to just get your ends clipped and let the perm grow out on it’s own. Most, if not all, naturalistas go through this stage. Some may only transition for a few months, while others transition for years to finally be perm free (yay). How long you’ll have to transition depends on how much chemicals are in your hair, how fast your hair grows and how often you’re getting your ends clipped. I personally only transitioned for 6 months.
  2. Big chop stage: this stage is pretty self-explanatory, but I will tell you anyway. This stage is when you chop off all the perm or chemicals that are left in your hair. Not everyone’s big chop look the same. Some people big chop and only have an inch or two of hair, while others can big chop and have more than 3-4 inches of hair. How long you transition (if you transition) also determines how much you will have to chop off. As mentioned in previous posts, I did the big chop after transitioning for 6 months.
  3. Teeny-weeny afro (TWA) stage: this is the stage where most naturalistas are wondering when or if they’ll get out of it (lol). It’s when you have a teeny-weeny afro. This stage can also be misleading. Some naturalistas have a teeny-weeny afro because they chose to big chop, whereas others have a teeny-weeny afro because they have major shrinkage (I’ll make a post about that later). Everyone’s hair grows differently, so there is no exact timeframe when you will be out of this stage. Some may only be in this stage for a few months, while others may be in this stage for years.
  4. Awkward stage: this stage literally speaks for itself. It’s when your hair isn’t technically a TWA anymore, but it’s not exactly long enough for any other stage. You’re kind of in the middle. Most people may not even know if they’re in the awkward stage. I think you only find out when you try to do certain hairstyles. For example, when my hair was in the TWA stage, I was able to do a side part just fine. Now that my hair is longer, the side part isn’t working for me anymore. Most naturalistas hate this stage (those that try to do twist/braid outs), but since I do wash and go’s, I don’t really mind it.
  5. Shoulder/bra/mid-back stage: These stages also speak for themselves. Shoulder length is when your hair touches your shoulders, bra strap length is when it reaches your bra strap and mid-back stage is when your hair reaches your mid back. With these stages, most naturalistas are doing length checks to determine what stage they are in. My goal is to be mid-back length.

Feel free to comment what stages you went through in your “natural” journey and what your hair goal is.

Thanks for reading xoxo