Hair Transition: Relaxed to Natural 4 year journey
August 22, 2014
Good Day Loves!
My journey started August 2011- August 2014 and I can say it’ll be a never ending journey but at least I’m 100% natural now. Currently I’m learning that water is my best friend, and I have a lot of trial an errors. This journey is about me no longer using any forms of chemicals in my hair which is called “going natural”. So here are the issues I ran into thus far:
My scalp is dryer than ever before
I have to use water with any style I do unless I blow dry
Products, products, products (this can be a post all on its own!)
Where do I begin..ok lets talk about my hair — well I was relaxed for a very long time, I chose to become natural because I didn’t receive many chemical relaxers anyways, and it made since. My natural curl pattern now I will say is wavy, loose curl, and very very thick. My current length is mid back (MBL) for the hair gurus :), low porosity which means my hair has a horrible time absorbing water (which is the main source of moisture for naturals) YAYYYY… NO! I naturally have dandruff but this year seemed to have heightened my scalp irritations most likely due to stress, so I decided to use my overall knowledge and youtube, to comprise my hair care regiment.
Top right: beginning of my hair transition showing the curly area is natural and straight section has the chemical relaxer. Under that my hair straight after my dominican blowout. Bottom picture is current today showing my fully natural curl pattern when wet. The left big photo is my hair the same day air drying now middle back length (MBL).
Due to “Finances” need I say more – I’ve turned back to my common since (what I have in the house) homemade hair care recipes.
Dry Scalp – coconut oil, castor oil (please only use on scalp very thick), olive oil
Hair Spritzers – Rose water mixed w/any of your favorite oils i.e.. rose water & tea tree oil
Hair spritzers are nothing but sprays used to refresh your hair, used to add moister before you add your oils to seal all of the moisture in, and also as an overall hair care aid to calm scalp irritations. Rose water uses are to help balance the scalp & add moisture to the hair.
Left – right
Applicator bottle for Castor oil, Hair spritzer bottle I use rose water/rosemary tea tree oil, and lastly my coconut oil I use/applicator bottle
My normal hair style routine has always been:
Fall – Winter now I’ve converted to getting partial weaves (area ontop of the head * perimeter of the head is left out) so its easier for me to manage day – day.
My hair is currently in cornrows now, in the mornings I will spritz my hair/scalp with my rose water mixture and at night if my scalp is feeling itchy apply the castor oil. I apply this to my scalp sparingly as castor oil is very thick (if your have a sensitivity to castor oil add some olive oil or another carrier oil to it) and then I tie my hair up in a silk scarf.
I thank you for enjoying this post and I will pick up on shampoo/conditioner reviews next! Chow!