Monday July 22, 2013
I’m three months into my journey of having natural hair and my excitement hasn’t died down in any shape or form. If anything I’m more motivated, confident, and anxious! As you can see from my picture my fro is growing! I’ve tried some new ideas such as Puhing (baking soda and water wash with apple cider vinegar and water rinse) and I’ve made some concoctions of my own with oils to moisturize my scalp and hair using organic coconut oil, olive oil, vitamin E, and other oils. After spending countless hours on YouTube watching video after video on what everyone feels is best to use on your natural hair, I became very overwhelmed. If there was one thing I learned about YouTube, it’s that everyone has different reasons, recipes, techniques, and hair types and you have to sift through all of that info and decide what is best for you and your hair. This is not to say that there aren’t any good videos on YouTube with excellent tips and ideas, because there are many. But, you’ll drive yourself crazy if you watch too many of them.
I’ve read a lot about protective hair styles and how it’s a must that you use them to protect your hair. I had to stop and think about this one because when my mom was taking care of me and my 2 older sister’s hair when we were growing up, there’s nothing she did back then that’s any different than what’s being suggested as “natural hair gospel” now. She always made sure our hair was tied up at night, and for the most part our hair was always braided or plaited up in some kind of way. She straightened or pressed (there is a difference between the two) with a straightening comb for special occasions only. Heat was not used in our hair on a regular basis. I had been doing twist out braids and two strand twists on both of my daughters since they were 1 or 2 years old using Blue Magic hair grease and water. Y
It makes me chuckle reading and listening to people make this simple (to me) task of twist out styles harder than it has to be. Like with many things in life it simply takes a lot of trial and error and a ton of practice. I know there are natural products that are better to use on my girl’s hair other than Blue Magic hair grease, and I have purchased and currently use them. But honey I have yet to find something that works on their hair that is comparable to Blue Magic that gives the same results – awesome curls! I also know that Blue Magic isn’t the healthiest hair product, but it does have its benefits when it comes to styling and taming your hair, especially if your hair is on the super kinky end of the spectrum. I think that would be 4c hair for my 9 year old daughter and 4b/4c for my oldest daughter. Needless to say, my daughter’s hair grew just fine when I used Blue Magic, but I still endeavor to use healthier, natural products on all of our hair.
My point in saying all of this is I firmly believe that less is more. The less you fuss with and manipulate your hair, the better off your hair will be. The other lesson learned is you have to listen to your own hair. Not everyone’s hair will be able to do the same thing or have the same results, so you have to figure out what works for you and stick to that and make tweaks along the way. My journey is far from over. I’m still in the beginning stages, but from lots of personal research and trial and error, the more I learn the more I love my natural hair. There is no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision to leave the chemicals, aka creamy crack, alone once and for all.
Next up on my products to try is 100% Aloe Vera Gel to help with dandruff and promote hair growth. My oldest daughter and I have always struggled with dandruff so I look forward to seeing how this works for us, and of course I like the idea of it promoting hair growth. Till next time!