Saturday, July 30, 2011

Products!!


When going natural or being natural, there is always a search for the "right" product. We read blogs and watch youtube reviews to see what others like and spend money on these products hoping they will work for our hair as well. Sometimes we luck up and find that right product and stick to it or we continue to search and spend money to find that perfect product. Sometimes our inner product junky kicks in and although we may have products that work great with our hair, we purchase new products just to try it. Some may try many products for the sole purpose of giving reviews to help others (Thanks guys!). Either way, we all go through a stage where we search for the perfect product.

Sometimes we expect too much of a product. We may want the product itself to make our hair thick, curly, silky, longer, or even shinier. Sometimes products give us what we want while other times we are expecting a miracle out of a product. A product can assist us with problems we have with our hair but a product can not create something out of nothing. If someone has straight or kinky hair, a product cannot make the hair curly. But, if we are rolling the hair with rollers, a product can help maintain the curls.

I think the main issue is that each individual person has to learn their hair. Sometimes you may find your hair twin but that doesn't mean your hair will like the same products as their hair. It is all a matter of trial and error and figuring out what works best with your strands.

What does your hair like???

Friday, July 22, 2011

Transition Cut Short

My last relaxer was July 10, 2010 and I did my chop on July 20, 2011. I initially planned on transitioning for 1 1/2-2 yrs but when looking at my hair, I felt it was at a length that I am comfortable with. My hair tends to grow really fast which is why I went ahead and cut. I know it will grow even faster now that the dead weight is gone!

I was not afraid of how I would look with my natural hair because why wouldn't I look good with what I was born with?! My main issue was the length. I did not want a TWA and have never had really short hair. I did not want to look in the mirror and not like the length so that is why I waited. I had my hair cut in a short style my freshman yr in college and my hair is a little longer than that right now so I am comfortable with that length. I also know the length will change within the next couple months.

Let the growing begin!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chop chop!

I am free!!! Free from those dead, limp, scraggly, relaxed ends!!!! After 1 year, 1 wk and 3 days, I decided that I was mentally ready to cut my hair!!!

I did not wait to cut it because I was afraid of how my natural hair would look.... I've seen my natural hair before since I got my first relaxer in 1999. I was mainly worried that the length would be too short for me. I did not want a TWA... neither I nor my husband would have been happy about that! But I felt like I was ready, esp after making small cuts and seeing how good it looked. I was ready to let go of the relaxed hair!

As of July 20, 2011, I am 100% natural! My husband says my hair looks much better with the relaxed hair gone and I am so happy that I did this! I will post more pictures later!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Current Products


Lately I have been on this Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus product line. When I find a product I like I tend to stick to it. I use this Shea Moisture line minus the spray and still use Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave-in. I have the Come Clean shampoo and sometimes alternate between using that and the Shea Moisture shampoo if I am not co-washing. I still use Vo5 or Suave conditioner for co-washing. I think I want to try Miss Jessie's and Carol's Daughter. Maybe I will buy just a sample size of the products to try them out. I don't like wasting money!

My styles have continued to be flat twists/bantu knot outs and of course I still use my flexi-rods when I'm not being lazy. An accessory that I cannot live without is the stretch headband and the banana clip. I use the banana clip alot, esp when a hairstyle gets old and I want to make it look like a new style... I just put it into a mohawk with the banana clip!!!

What are your current go to products???

A Transitioners Update

I have not been blogging as much lately. One of the reasons I have not been doing so is that I have been trying to get adjusted in this new city. Relocating from Hattiesburg to Chicago was and still is a big adjustment! I have been looking for a job, an apartment, as well as adequate childcare for my little boy! Things are starting to come along now..... I'm a city girl now lol!!!

July 10th will make one whole year free of relaxer. I am really excited about that and this year has actually past by really fast. If I knew it would be this easy for me, I would have started transitioning a few years ago!! I am still in the transitioning stage because I have not cut off my relaxed ends yet. I do clip my ends every 3 months or so just to keep it neat and to get rid of some relaxed hair a little at a time.

I think I am almost ready to clip off the remaining relaxed hair and just may go through the short phase. I say this because I see so many women with their beautiful curly fros and I wish I could just wash and go sometimes. I won't cut it yet because I want to make sure I am mentally prepared for that cut. I want to cut it when I feel like my natural hair is longer and overpowering my relaxed hair. It is almost there but not quite.

There is this natural hair event in Atlanta the last weekend of October where they want to do 400 big chops. My sister-n-law is also transitioning and I think it has been 4-5 mths post relaxer for her. We both have been talking about going to this event and letting that be the time when we both cut off our relaxed ends. At the end of October, I will be a little over 15 1/2 months post relaxer. That will also be my birthday weekend. I'm thinking this may be the perfect time to go ahead and free my hair of the relaxed ends, if I don't clip them off beforehand!

Anyone else planning to go to that event in October?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I cut a little of my hair!

 I was playing in my hair the other day & while pulled up in a ball.... I pulled out some of the hair in the very back and saw how scraggly the ends looked in that section.....  Sooooooo, I decided to cut it off! I mean why not?! It's just a little bit anyway right?!                                      So I cut it off!!!


<-------And this was the end result!  Even though it is only a small section, I am very excited about it!

May 10th will make 10 months of transitioning for me! I'm kind of excited that I made it this far.  I have not had any difficult times so far while dealing with the 2 textures although my hair does get a little tangled sometimes, especially when I just don't feel like combing it!  But I'm still no where near ready to cut off all my relaxed ends!  I'm ready to tackle the next 10 months of transitioning.... Let's go!!!