Don’t be afraid to try something new πŸŒ±

Hello my naturalistas! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA! With school and work, I’ve just been so busy. But I’m writing to let y’all know this AMAZING experience I had today. Okay so as many of y’all know (from reading previous posts) that I do wash&go’s. Well up until today, I used creams to style my hair with my wash&go. I’ve had bad experiences with gels and just didn’t like how they made my hair feel. Well although I liked using creams, there was some cons that I didn’t like.

Cons of creams I’ve used

  1. Makes your hair white
  2. Takes forever to air dry
  3. Because of the consistency, my hair was constantly dripping

Those are the 3 cons I personally had with creams, but I did like how my hair looked when it dried. But today I tried a new product and was amazed at how well it works! 😱😱😱 now it is expensive, but to me it’s definitely worth it! It’s Design Essentials Natural Honey Curl Forming Custard! When I tell you i absolutely LOVE this product now! The consistency is not too thick, to me it doesn’t have that “gel” feel and doesn’t make your hair hard. My curls are so defined (creams defined my curls too) and soft! My hair also hasn’t shrunk with this product (well not yet, I hope it doesn’t) nor is my hair white while I’m letting it air dry (like creams usually are). The only downfall with this product is the price is $15 & the jar is so tiny! I’m hoping eventually they’ll sale it in a bigger size.

Well i just wanted to let y’all know about my amazing experience. Feel free to comment whether you use creams/gels or if you’ve tried this product.

Thanks for reading xoxo

Twist out part 2

Hello everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA. I have been busy with school and work. I have news though. So yesterday I washed my hair and decided to try a twist out again. I tried a twist out once before and I was unsatisfied, but I wanted to see how it would go this time. IT WAS AN EPIC FAIL. Now I will say, my twists were big and I didn’t have that many of them, but still. I was really hoping the second go around was going to be successful and I could switch between twist out and wash and go’s. I will only be doing wash and goes for now on. I just wish youtubers wouldn’t make it seem so easy when they’re doing theirs, when it’s totally not. Well you know what they say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. What works for someone else may now work for me. No one’s hair is the same and I’m okay with that.

Thanks for reading xoxo

Growth 🌱

Hello everyone! I was going through my hair photos and was realizing how much my hair has grown. Last week I took a photo after I washed my hair (usually I take photos on wash days to record growth) and I was amazed at how long my hair is (now when it dries, that’s a different story because of shrinkage). My hair feels so healthy and next week will be 1 year and 5 months since I big chopped my hair. Time has flown! I’m looking forward to my 2 year mark to see how long my hair will be then. Of course length doesn’t mean everything because I like my hair to be healthy as well.

Below is a picture of my growth from September 2017 to last week Feb 2018

Feel free to comment.

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