A couple of months ago, I made a personal decision that would affect my lifestyle. I decided to stop the use of commercial products[ which I’m not so much of a fan of ] for my skin, hair and overall wellbeing and replaced them with naturals. I began to look for alternatives and started with my hair.
I made up my mind to go natural hairwise first of all not because it is fast becoming a fad or I didn’t have money to go to the salon[you’ll be surprised with the things people come up with] but because I was tired of my unhealthy damaged chemically-treated hair that seemed to be stagnant. Everytime I visited the salon for a relaxer touch-up, I would expect to come out with some length but I didn’t and it became a cycle I became tired of. My BSL(Bra Strap Length) dream was slowly dwindling. I suffered badly from breakage, split ends, uneven length[ I had no idea what trimming was then thanks to my
very efficient hair stylists] and whatnot . I didn’t even explore the possibility of returning to my roots as I was always in the mercy of weaves(which I gradually began to detest) and braids.
So far it’s been an amazing journey, I decided to go through the longer route of transitioning because I couldn’t accept the fact that I would become unattractive again if I had opted for the shorter, quicker and easier way of big chopping[ thanks to the 6 years of compulsory big chop in high school]. Nonetheless, it’s given me an opportunity to study and take proper care of my hair. It’s sort of a pre-natural phrase you know. I’m going to be transitioning for about a year or so, just before my next birthday in June. By then, my hair would have gone past a TWA(Teeny Wenny Afro) to a mini ‘fro I can rock effortlessly.
As for my hair products, I started out with the basics;
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar
As a girl on a budget, I don’t have so much money to lavish on hair products so the issue of product junkism is totally out of the question. Notwithstanding, I would like to try out new and affordable products from time to time which is why I’m currently using African Naturalistas range of products[One of the perks of working with a team of amazing natural ladies] LOL.
I have a simple regimen which I’ve tried to follow religiously up until now.
Pre-poo with honey [when I feel like]
Co-wash twice a week
Deep condition weekly
Shampoo bi-weekly or when absolutely necessary
Moisturize with leave-in or hair spritz (combination of water,glycerine,EVOO, honey, aloe vera and leave-in)
Seal with Shea butter/moisturizing butter from AN/Oils(Glycerine,EVOO and Castor oil)
Cover hair with satin scarf @ night.
Protein DC ttreatment once/twice a month.
Palm oil DC Treatment or any other concortion for the remaining part of the month.
Deep condition biweekly
Moisturize daily with hair spritz
Seal with butter/oil
So that’s pretty much all that has been going on these past few months. I must admit it’s been quite challenging. Growth tends to go on a very slow pace so I try as much as possible to always hide my hair in protective styling most of the time so it’s not totally daunting.
Let the countdown to big chop begin!!!!