How it all started

Hello everyone 😊

So many people get caught up with how much history they have with someone that they don’t want to start over. Don’t get me wrong, I was also that person a few years ago. To give you all a little background, I was on and off with my ex-boyfriend for five years (middle & high school). Back then I swore I was going to marry him one day (thank God that didn’t happen). It’s weird when you think back at someone you used to love and not feel anything for them anymore, when at some point in your life you would have done anything to make them happy. But that was the problem. I was doing everything to make him happy, but he wasn’t doing the same. I was only going back/staying with him because I was comfortable. After I graduated high school and he did the one thing I never thought he would, I knew I could not go back to him. We were going to different colleges, so I thought to myself “a new start is what I need”. But I never thought my first semester of college would change the rest of my life forever.

Feel free to comment if you’ve went through a similar situation.

Thanks for reading, xoxo

Life 🌻

Hello everyone! When I first started my blog, I thought I wanted to only share my “natural” hair journey. Now I’ve come to the realization that not only do I want to talk about “natural” hair, but my journey in life and other topics. I don’t want my blog to be about just ONE thing, I want it be about whatever comes to mind. My blog title is Naturally Zatala because I’m naturally me. I’m a hyper, indecisive person who has a thousand thoughts running around my head that needs to be written down. This is the place to do it.

So to my followers, I hope you continue to read and for my new followers thank you for joining.

Thanks for reading, xoxo

Celebration πŸŽ‰

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 β€œnatural” 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