Natural Hair Regimen

Going natural was a very easy decision that took me awhile to implement.  For years I pondered how much work it would be to actually take care of my natural hair. I was wondering:
  • How will I style my hair while I'm transiting?
  • What will my curl pattern look like, or will I even have a curl pattern?
  • What kind of products will I use?
  • Where will I purchase such products?
  • Will my hair grow thicker being natural?
  • How will I look with natural hair, and will my husband like it?
As time continued, I started to wait longer and longer to put in straighteners. At that point I was using children strength straighteners, as the adult strength would ALWAYS leave me with huge scalp burns.
One morning I awoke and decided I needed a new hair style for my weight lose, and I ended up getting a mohawk with my sides shaved.

The "Big Chop"!
My Choppiversary is March 16, 2010

After my "Big Chop" I started to shop for natural hair products that were good for my hair type 3c.  The products that I use on a daily basis are:
  • Tresemme Naturals Avocado and Aloe Conditioner (for co-washing)
  • Curl Junkie's Beauticurls Argan and Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner (for co-washing)
  • Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner (for co-washing)
  • Oyin Handmade Hair Dew (leave-in conditioner)
  • Ingredients to Die for Deep Conditioner (leave-in conditioner)
  • Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion (styling lotion)
  • Kinky-Curly Styling Pudding (styling gel)
  • Curl Junkie Curls in a bottle (styling gel)
  • Komaza Califia Styling Pudding (styling lotion)
If you would like to know your hair type, there is an application on the naturally curly website that guides you through a sequence of questions to identify your hair type.  I'm not sure how much knowing your hair type or curl pattern really means to purchasing hair products, but you can purchase products by hair type or curl pattern.  I find it very useful to read over the product reviews from previous purchasers before I purchase products.

As far as styling, after I co-wash I put in my leave-in, topped with a styling gel or styling lotion and go on with my day while my hair air dries.  And "yes" I do wash and goes in the winter, but I'm usually in my house until my hair dries :) I usually co-wash twice a week, or after each workout (which can be everyday). It's important to wash your hair after you sweat a lot because your sweat dries out your scalp and hair. In the morning, I damp my hair with a water, jojoba oil, curl junkie curls in a bottle mix or a just add additional Oyin Hair Dew (works great when added to dry hair) to remove my bed head. Most of these products are not that great when added to dry hair, but the Oyin Hair Dew is wonderful for dry hair.  It instantly moisturizes it and defines my curls.  My hairs upkeep consists of having it straightened once every two months to have my ends clipped, and I cut out knots on a daily basis when I see or feel them.  At night I sleep with a satin cap, or on a silk/satin pillow case.

This is all I can think of for right now, but if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them :)  Also, check out a few of these websites.