Length Checks, My Natural Hair

Surviving My First Year with Natural Hair

Do you guys realize it’s been over a year since I big chopped? I’m so proud of myself for surviving a year with short natural hair. And after a year (plus a couple of months now), my hair is still short and I still have bad hair days. But I’m narrowing down my favorite techniques, products, and styles. And best of all, my hair is growing — YES!!

Styling My Natural Hair.

As my hair continues to grow and evolve so does how I style it. I went from raking gel through my hair and wrapping the ends around my finger creating tiny coils to hating finger coils to making up my own technique to going with my afro to back to finger coils to hiding my hair in box braids to mini twists and then finally back to wash and gos.

At this point (15 months into my natural hair journey), I’m all about wash and gos and mini twists. Wash and Gos are my preferred style and Mini Twists help me to protectively style my hair for 2 weeks at a time. I still have some rough wash and go results sprinkled throughout, but generally, I’ve been able to improve my overall results. Day one of a wash and go still remains the golden day. And then depending upon factors that are unbeknownst to me, days 2-7 are sometimes be up in the air.

Working Towards My Healthy Hair Goals.

Even before I cut my hair, I was brainstorming and researching what I wanted my new hair journey to be about. And after spending a few weeks with my natural hair I decided on:

  • Keeping My Hair Hydrated/Moisturized;
  • Curl Definition; and
  • Hair Growth.

With these healthy hair goals, I decided on the following natural hair regimen, which I pretty much followed with the following modifications as time went on:

Cleanse: Wash day with a shampoo bar (or maybe clay mask) every 2-4 weeks. Or Cowash with each day I restyle my hair.

Condition: Deep Condition my hair every 2-3 days as often as possible (preferably with heat).

Moisturize: Refresh my hair each morning as needed with water and a moisture mist.

Daily: Daily Frequent scalp massages with my homemade Amla Brahmi oil (or at least 3 times a week).

Protein: As needed, but at least once a quarter.

Hairstyle: Wash and go. …and finger coils, mini twists, afros, and box braids.

Overall: No sulfates, silicones, petroleum, drying alcohols and parabens.  Opt for hair products with hair growth promoting ingredients in them.

Hair Products I Like.

In addition to these general hair regimen guidelines, I make sure to (1) use Whipped Shea Butter to seal my hair, (2) consistently incorporate the Ayurvedic Herbs (amla, brahmi and fenugreek) in my deep conditioners and (3) apply my Ayurvedic Oil Infusion on my scalp (hot oil treatments and scalp massages). I feel they enhance my curl definition, keep my hair moisturized, help with growth and maintaining my hair’s overall health. When it comes to store bought hair products, I love these and will likely continue to repurchase: Chagrin Valley Ayurvedic Shampoo Bar, As I Am Cowash, Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Conditioner, Texture ID Deep Treatment Masque, Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Leave in Conditioner, Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel, Eden Body Works Curl Defining Cream, Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream and Texture ID Triple Moisture Cream Conditioner.

Overall I’m happy with my decision to begin my natural hair journey and I look forward to where my hair journey is taking me. It took me a while to actually get this post out so it has now been 15 months since my big chop. But with weather cooling, I’ll be doing more mini twists and less wash and gos. Look out for future posts on my hair regimen when styling my hair with mini twists and why they’re a great protective style!

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