I almost always miss my anniversary.
My natural hair anniversary!
Today marks 3 years since I've had a relaxer in my hair.
(which also means my birthday is in exactly 2 weeks... but that's neither here nor there lol)
Having natural hair brings SO many emotions.
Happy, frustrated, tired, free, beautiful, annoyed, and the list goes on lol
One of the main reasons I wanted to go natural was because I saw so many women whose hair grew to lengths I'd never seen before on the majority of colored women.
And here I am today having reached another milestone!
I have finally reached bra-strap-length (BSL) hair :-D
I know last year at this time I was only a few inches away but then I got a haircut with a salon I won't name lol and I thought that I wouldn't make it by my 3 yr ann. but I did!
This will probably be the longest post as well lol
I am going to try to be as detailed as I can and answer as many questions that I can think of that could be asked lol
What's my regimen, you ask?
I usually wash my hair once a month.
Twice if I HAVE to have a fresh style for something. but that's very rare.
I know that wash n go's were my favoritest thing since sliced bread, last year, but I think that my hair is too long for them now.
I was hoping that the length would give my hair some weight but NO. It still shrinks above my ears and I never used to experience the tangling that I do now when I do a wng.
My new staple is the 3 strand twist-out.
No, not a braid. 3-strand TWISTS.
I learned from this tutorial here.
Instead of the wavy look that I usually get from 2-strand twists,
So for the past few months, I:
Wash my hair (detangling in the shower)
add my leave-in to wet/damp twists
then twist damp with a butter.
Somewhere around the way I stopped deep conditioning. Mostly because I'm on a time crunch.
When I'm not in a time crunch, I:
Detangle out of the shower with coconut oil and conditioner and section into twists
Rinse out conditioner (all steps with twists still in)
Spray diluted Apple cider vinegar all over my hair and let it sit for however long I feel
Rinse out ACV
Apply deep conditioner
Rinse out deep conditioner w/ cold water
Spray my hair with cold aloe vera juice
Apply leave-in and oil
3-strand twist on damp hair with butter.
What products do I use, you ask??
Since I wash my hair once a month, I do use the same products over and over but only until they run out.
Then I use whatever else I have in my stash OR get something else.
Last wash day I just ran out of the Yes to Carrots Conditioner, Carol's Daughter co-wash and my Kinky Curly Knot Today Kimmaytube mix (def a fav but I hate mixing lol)
The products most important to me that will always remain (okay you can call them staples lol) are
2. Aloe Vera Juice
3. Apple Cider Vinegar.
4. Castor Oil
I'm using the castor&moringa softening serum from Qhemet Biologics.
I am also a big fan of the Aethiopika Hyrate & Twist Butter from Qhemet Biologics. I've been using it since the beginning of Fall and I'm just starting to run out. I am only using it once a month though lol so that's probably why I still have some left.
It's out of stock on the website though so hopefully they restock soon
Products in my stash next in line to be used up:
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose (deep conditioner)
Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Gardenia-Cocunut scent (deep conditioner)
Products in my stash that I have yet to use:
Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee from Qhemet Biologics (wash-out or leave-in)
Oyin Handmade's Hair Dew (wash-out or leave-in)
Shea Moisture's Curl & Style Milk (leave-in)
I need to buy another cheap conditioner to detangle with. I'll probably pick up some Tresemme from Wal-mart.
What are my plans for the future, you ask?
I DON'T plan on straightening my hair anytime soon. MAYBE when I reach WL.
I am definitely going to be upping the protective styling ALOT and I am going to be more consistent with deep conditioning.
I may even be pulling my steamer out once in a while. I never use it smh
I'm going to be revisting flat-twist updos and mini twists but I also want to try crochet braids w/ Marley hair too!
Check out Chinelo from My Style Oasis with hers here.
Do you have some protective style suggestions??
If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments :-D
As always, thanks for reading!
See you in the next post!