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Sunday, July 28

MY NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY, ONE YEAR POST CHOP

 One fine morning, on July 13th, 2018 I woke my husband I told him to use his clippers to shave my entire hair off. It was the best decision I had ever made. I was tired of my hair being damaged at its medium length up to my clavicle, my hair was thin and broke easily. I never was able to wear it down it always had to be in a bun, it was frizzy thick when natural but thin after I had relaxed it.


Now it has been a year and I am so happy with the results. I don't really have a goal for the length, I just wanted my hair to be healthy and full as before. And for now, if it goes to my clavicle I will be happy. I have still not been able to wear it out at this length mostly because of my schedule and the time it takes to style it (my hair is thick!). But I do keep it in twists and maintain it under wigs. One day, I will wear it out. 
After a year of being natural, there are a few things I've learned about my hair: I just realized I have high porosity hair, I really learned this after changing out and trying new products. I just noticed it kept getting dry and my scalp was itchy and not having it with this product. So a few things have changed in my routine, like adding an ACV- apple cider vinegar rinse after conditioning and it seems to be working out so far: However, I still want to try out new products!



PRODUCTS I'M CURRENTLY USING
Generally, it's not really different from my last post about my hair.
+ Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture and Shine Shampoo

+ Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Complete Conditioning Co-Wash. This co-wash is amazing!! It left my hair and scalp moisturized. My hair was so soft after using it. I really wasn't expecting much because I was a bit disappointed in Cantu after using the leave-in. But this restored my faith.

+ Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream. This leave-in is definitely not for my hair type. It left it dry and my scalp itchy, even with sealing my hair was dry before the end of the day. I regret buying it and will never repurchase again.

+ Creme of Nature Acai Berry Keratin Strengthening Hair Masque. This mask was OK, I didn't notice anything special about it and it didn't do anything special to my hair. However, the color is pretty and it smells amazing!

+ Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Intensive Repair Masque. I used this as a protein treatment with my other masks. It is also OK but I will repurchase just to use occasionally as a protein treatment.

+ Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food
+ Rice water
+ Apple Cider Vinegar
+ My Ayurvedic powder mix (Aloe, Amla, Hibiscus, Brahmi)
+ TAMA cosmetics scented unrefined shea butter
+ Sunny Isle Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil
+ Now Essentials Peppermint Oil
+ BMB Black Castor Oil Gel Edges

+ Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Hair Gel. I prefer this for my edges more than the BMB. I just purchased it and I love how it leaves gives my edges hold yet moisturized.
+ Got 2B Ultra Glued Gel






PRODUCTS ON MY WISHLIST THAT I HAVE TRIED
+ Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Intensive Repair Masque

+ Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Treatment Masque. This Mask is AMAZING!! My Holy grail mask especially for those with high porosity hair!! It leaves my hair soft and moisturized and detangles it!! I was able to twist my hair without adding leave-in after using it I was so surprised! Even though I wanted to try out other brands I will always have one as a backup in my collection.

+ African Pride Moisture Miracle Coconut Oil and Baobab Oil Hydrate and Strengthen Leave-In Cream. I was so surprised by this leave-in cream, it stands up with my favorite leave-in by shea moisture, It smells amazing and leaves my hair moisturized for a very long time! I can go for a week without reapplying because it seals in the moisture, and it calms down my scalp.

+ Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream




NEW PRODUCTS THAT I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY
Although I have tried two of these products already as I am writing this post, I am waiting to try out the remaining two.
+ Cantu Sulfate-Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo
+ Aunt Jackie's in control "Anti-Poof" Moisturizing and Softening Conditioner

FUTURE PRODUCTS WISHLIST
I feel like for the new products I plan to try I am just going to try them brand by brand till I find favorites and create a rotation of my faves.
+ SHEA MOISTURE
  - Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Shampoo
  - Shea Moisture Mongongo and Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture Seal Shampoo
  - Shea Moisture Mongongo and Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture Seal Co-Wash
  - Shea Moisture Mongongo and Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture Seal Masque
  - Shea Moisture Sacha Inchi Oil Omega-3-6-9 Rescue + Repair Hair Masque
  - Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser
  - Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Leave-In Milk
  - Shea Moisture Red Palm Oil and Cocoa Butter Hi Slip Detangling Shampoo
  - Shea Moisture Cannabis and Ginseng Lush Length Shampoo
  - Shea Moisture Cannabis and Ginseng Lush Length Conditioner

+ AFRICAN PRIDE MOISTURE MIRACLE
  - African Pride Moisture Miracle Aloe and Coconut Water Detangle & Condition Pre-Shampoo
  - African Pride Moisture Miracle Honey and Coconut Oil Nourish and Shine Shampoo
  - African Pride Moisture Miracle Moroccan Clay and Shea Butter Detox and Soften Heat Activated Masque

+ CREME OF NATURE
  - Creme of Nature Argan for Natural Hair Moisture-Rich Hair Butter
  - Creme of Nature Argan for Natural Hair Strengthening Hair Masque
  - Creme of Nature Argan for Natural Hair Creamy Hydration Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

+ AUNT JACKIE'S CURLS and COILS
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Oh So Clean – Moisturizing and Softening Shampoo
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Quench – Moisture Intensive Leave-In Conditioner
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Seal It Up – Hydrating Sealing Butter
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Fix My Hair – Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Purify Me – Moisturizing Co-Wash Cleanser
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Butter Crème – Intensive Moisture Sealant
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Coco Repair – Deep Conditioner
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Coco Wash – Coconut Milk Conditioning Cleanser
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Power Wash Intense Moisture Clarifying Shampoo
  - Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils Rescued! Thirst-Quenching Recovery Conditioner

+ALIKAY NATURALS
  -Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo
  -Alikay Naturals Honey & Sage Deep Conditioner
  -Alikay Naturals Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo
  -Alikay Naturals Cowash Me Cleansing Conditioner
  -Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer
  -Alikay Naturals Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask
  -Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Hair Parfait

well, that's it for my hair update,
Thanks for reading!!


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