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Friday, February 22

THE BIG CHOP, MY NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY






I had the big chop 7 months ago shortly after the honeymoon. I was tired of my relaxed hair looking thin and using combs in my wig for a month beforehand had ruined my edges so I wanted a new start. I was also curious about how my hair will be in its natural state. I was a big I'm not going natural person, my friends were even surprised when I first decided I was going natural. I originally planned to go through the transition method but after a few days of dealing with dry scalp, I decided I wanted everything shaved off!

Best decision I had ever made! Now at 7 months, my hair is in a little afro (these pictures were taken two months ago) at an average of 3 inches.  I can braid it to the middle and also do tiny little twists.

My current problem is still dryness, my hair gets dry pretty easily and dry, itchy scalp which I didn't really have when I was relaxed. Shrinkage and single strand knots are also a few of my problems, hence the reason I started twisting it and I noticed its easier to moisturize my scalp in twists.

PRODUCTS I AM CURRENTLY USING
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture and Shine Shampoo + TTree oil OR Suave Essentials Conditioner, Tropical Coconut. I use this as a conditioner or a co-wash because it is sulfate free, it also leaves my hair soft and shiny. 

+ Rice water I use this as a rinse to rinse the shampoo or conditioner out of my hair and to prep my hair for deep conditioning

+ Hask Placenta Henna N Placenta Conditioning Treatment Super + My Ayurvedic powder mix (Aloe, Amla, Hibiscus, Brahmi) + amla oil This is my current deep conditioning mix

+ Shea Moisture Strengthen and Restore Leave-In Conditioner 
TAMA cosmetics scented unrefined shea butter + Castor oil, Peppermint oil, flaxseed oil. For moisture, I do the LCO method (liquid, conditioner, and oil ) which I used the shea moisture leave-in to condition and shea butter mixed with these three oils to seal.

+Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food. I use this for my edges, It helps hair grow and could've been a great shea butter mix for my sealing all over my hair but it is so expensive and so small so to preserve it, I only use it on my edges and I have seen so much improvement over the past few months!


WISHLIST
A few products I have been eyeing on Amazon that I would love to get my hands on and give it a try. To be honest, there are so many brands and lines. I just want to start with brands I'm familiar with and brands my friends use or recommend
+Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Intensive Repair Masque
+Cantu Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque
+ Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque
+African Pride Moisture Miracle Coconut Oil & Baobab Oil Hydrate & Strengthen Leave-In Cream
+Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
+Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream
+ Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo
+Jamaican Black Castor Oil Rinse Out Conditioner


As you can see, I really love anything with castor oil!

Going natural has been one of the best, and quite a liberating decision I've ever made. I love my curls, every time I see myself in the mirror I smile. And I love how my edges are finally coming back. with all the ups and downs I still don't regret it, and I am hoping I never would.



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