Hello my blog-loves! As you all know I generally talk about fashion and beauty. Well hair is a part of that too! I’m natural as most of you may have gauged from my pictures but i get a lot of questions from people I meet about my hair and how I care for it, etc. So I thought I’d answer a few of those FAQs here!
*”Natural” is a term used frequently by women of color to describe hair in a state that has not been chemically altered by relaxers, texturizers, or permanent hair coloring. It is your hair as it was intended to grow naturally from your scalp.*
Are you natural? yes
How long have you been natural? almost a year of being fully natural, almost 2yrs hair growth
Last Relaxer: 8/17/2010, “Big” Chop: 7/29/2011
Why did you decide to go natural? I had a relaxer since I was about 3yrs old, so other than a few photographs, I didn’t really know what my natural hair looked like. I always admired the versatility of naturally curly hair and it’s something I wanted to experience myself. In late 2008 I didn’t know anything about “going natural” or even the term “going natural” for that matter, but I thought “hey, I’m just gonna stop getting relaxers.” I was still flat-ironing it once a week and treating it like I normally did my relaxed hair so that stint only lasted about 3 months before I decided to relax my hair again. Fast forward to around June 2010, I started getting into research about achieving healthy hair so I decided I would start stretching my relaxers (meaning go more time between each chemical process). I go what I didn’t know at the time, was my last relaxer in August, thinking I would just stretch it to January, but I slowly began to fall in love with the tight coils, waves, and curls I saw coming in. My sister convinced me to wait a little longer to relax it until I was sure I didn’t want to be natural, but as more time passed I decided natural was for me and continued on the journey relaxer-free! (long story, I know, my bad!)
How long was your hair when you first cut off all the relaxer? My hair, when stretched, touched my collarbone. (I didn’t really flat iron at this length)
How long is your hair now? When stretched my hair is currently around armpit length (APL)
How often to you straighten/flat iron your hair? I actually don’t flat iron it very much at all! I’ve only flat iron it once and blow-dried it (as straight as possible) once. These were two separate occasions and I used heat protectant both times (always use head protectant!!). I plan on picking up the straightener a little more in the near future, maybe once every 6-8wks, since versatility is one of the main reasons I went natural. I want it to be straight sometimes! lol
What is your regimen?
Co-wash once a week using cheapie condtioners (like Suave & VO5, etc) *I hardly ever use shampoo unless I just took out extensions or some long lasting style, or I got my hair wet with pool water*
Deep Condition (for about 3 hours, previous to each co-wash) with mixes *mixes generally consist of cheapie conditioner, glycerin, shea butter, and coconut oil when I need more moisture, and cheapie conditioner, coconut oil, plain yogurt, and one egg when I need more protien*
Use Cantu-Shea Leave-in after every wash (style with this product)
…and generally whatever style I do lasts me for that entire week.
I mainly do low manipulation or protective styles.
What are some of your favorite/go-to hairstyles? I mainly do braid-outs, twist-outs, and updos. Most of my styles with my natural hair have this as a basis.
*If I don’t want to deal with it for a while, a full sew-in weave is usually my go-to for temporary freedom*
Do you think you will ever go back to relaxers? Nah. Highly doubt it.
What do you think about girls with relaxers (or any chemical process)? I don’t think anything is wrong with it at all! I truly believe that you can have healthy relaxed, colored, or otherwise chemically processed hair and look beautiful with it! However, i will say that since your hair is not in its natural state and has been chemically altered, it starts off in a weaker state than natural hair and a little more has to be done to rebuild the strength of chemically processed hair to that natural level of strength (i.e. more conditioning, or protien treatments, necessity of more frequent trims, etc.). It is a personal choice though, and neither is wrong or right!
*style in photograph is a bushy-braid out*
Hopefully I’ve answered many of the questions people have about my hair and maybe informed you a bit on natural hair in general! If you have any more questions or comments, leave ’em below!
Until Next Time!