Protective Style Challenge…Accepted!

The protective style challenge has been showing up all over social media for a while now. However, I haven’t really taken a real interest in it, until now. I love the fact that naturals are taking the time out to appreciate their hair, and themselves, and give it a break. Recently, I have been on a mission to treat my hair with as much love as possible. But, sometimes I get sidetracked by my own laziness. I have been lectured by my hairstylist about this laziness that I can’t seem to shake when it comes to maintaining the healthiness and happiness of my curls. So, to protect myself from anymore lectures, and to keep my hair healthy in this cold weather, I have decided to take on the protective style challenge!

Making the decision to accept this challenge was the easy part. Deciding what style to start with is a little harder. There is so much that I can choose from. I mean there is braids, twists, weave, pin-up styles, and so much more. Lately, I have been leaning towards diving into the world of curly/kinky weaves. The only problem with this is, I’m afraid I will get tired and frustrated with not being able to scratch my scalp. I have had weaves only two times in my life, and each time I took them out within a few weeks. Nonetheless, I am tempted to try again and see if I can actually hang with a weave for more than a couple weeks.

Because I am so indecisive, I would love some help deciding on which protective style I should start with. What style do you think I should try first? Drop your choice in the comments below!

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I’m Back!

It has been two months since I wrote my last post. I hate that I had to take such a long break from writing, but sometimes you get so busy and caught up in other things that you forget to spend some time doing what you love the most. Recently, I obtained a new job at my alma mater, Clemson University. I currently work in the Office of Sponsored Programs as the Training and Communications Coordinator. Since getting this new job, I have been spending so much time trying to settle in, not only to a new position, but also in a new state and home. Now that I am almost completely settled in, I am making time to share some more of my natural hair experiences and knowledge with all my fellow naturalista’s! So, be on the look out for some new and exciting material!

It feels good to be back!

As I Am Twist Defining Cream: Product Review

Since becoming natural, I have accumulated so many different hair products that I have become a glorified product junkie. Instead of throwing things away, I hoard products in the hope of one day, being able to use them again. As naturals, when our hair grows and gets longer, the texture can change. Because of this, I move from product, to product, to product.

Recently, I decided to try As I Am Twist Defining Cream. I absolutely love this product. It gave me an amazing twist-out with beautiful definition. I was a little skeptical about this product because I have tried it before when I first went natural. However, because my hair is constantly changing, it worked wonders. This product not only gave me a bomb twist-out, it also hydrated my curls and kept them hydrated throughout the day. I am all for a product that keeps my hair smooth, soft, and well hydrated.

If you haven’t tried this product yet, check it out! You won’t be disappointed.

Also, as promised, photos of my growth!my growth

Hair LOVE

Today I made a visit to Huetiful Salon to get my hair straightened and trimmed. When I walked in, I was excited to hear that my hair looked great and that it had grown tremendously. Unfortunately, I only got to hear one of those things. Thanks to the Mane Choice vitamins, my hair has grown considerably. However, that is the only reason it has grown.

I am sure we all get lazy sometimes when it comes to catering to our curls; and, that is exactly what has been happening to me lately. Because my hair shrinks so much, I can’t wear wash-n-go’s, and definitely can’t go a day without twisting my hair at night. Due to my recent laziness, my hairstylist had to give me a little lecture. It is hard to hear that you aren’t doing what you need to be doing when YOU think you’re doing everything right. I have been moisturizing hair daily and washing it on a regular basis; however, I haven’t been showing it the love that it so desperately needs.

I was not only neglecting my curls, but I was also using products that have done nothing for my hair. Today, in the midst of the lecture, my stylist recommended two products that would moisturize my curls and help them retain that moisture. Those two products that my stylist recommended were Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and As I Am Double Butter Cream. Because I haven’t really been seeing much result with the products I am currently using now, I am definitely going try these products out and put an end to the laziness!

 

So, the moral of the story here is: ALWAYS show your curls love. If you do, they will show you love in return and GROW!

One of THOSE Weeks…

I have come upon “one of those weeks.” It is one of those weeks where my hair doesn’t want to act right, and I in turn, am getting tired of it. In the last few days, I have had my hair in a bun, a twist out, a puff, and a wash-n-go. I never manipulate my hair this much, but it is just one of those weeks where nothing is working! This, my natural sista’s, is definitely a #naturalgirlproblem!

It has been at least three months since I have had a trim and my hair is feeling it! I have been taking the Mane Choice Vitamins for about three months and my hair has grown TREMENDOUSLY! I know that this rapid growth is contributing to my hair needing a major trim! However, I am LOVING the Mane Choice Vitamins and how they are promoting growth! So, I guess you could say this makes my #naturalgirlproblem alright.

Have any natural girl problem moments? Share them with me! Maybe your problem may help another fellow natural! Be on the look out for photos of my growth!

 

Natural at ANY Age

oldernaturalcollage-300x99Contrary to what people may think, natural hair is not specific to younger aged women. Any woman, at any age, can wear her natural curls and rock them. My love for the older, but stunning, natural woman stems from my mother. When my sisters and I decided to go natural, my mother, who is over 50, took the plunge as well. I was so inspired by her boldness and her willingness to do something as frightening as reverting back to her natural curls, after decades of having permed hair, that when she suggested I write this post, I knew I had to.

I have been following my mother’s natural hair journey ever since she made the “big” decision, and I have seen how hard it is for a woman her age to maintain her tresses. It has been so hard in fact, that she has decided to go back to a relaxer. I was originally upset about her decision to revert back to the “creamy crack,” but after much thought, I realized that it was something she had to do for her. Going natural is hard for any woman no matter how old, but going natural for an older woman may be just a little harder. Because women over the age of 50 are experiencing different changes in their body due to menopause and other things, their hair may not grow as fast as a younger woman’s would, or it may be thinner than what it was several years ago. However, these complications do not stop older women from being natural and happy. Even though I have heard my mother is no longer natural, I am extremely proud of her for sticking it out for 2 years.

Since my mother has went back to a relaxer, I have realized that there are no special tricks that will work for the maintenance of an older woman’s curls that wouldn’t work for a younger woman’s. It all comes down to taking the time and having the patience to find what works best for your hair. Once you do, being natural at any age becomes a lot easier.

So ladies, be on the lookout for those spicy salt and pepper fros, and remember, natural is made for everybody, no matter the age!

The SECRET to Embracing the Natural You

In the midst of the transitioning, the big chop, and all the other natural hair craziness, we can get lost and forget the most important thing about being natural… the enjoyment and fulfillment it brings. When we, as black women, make the decision to get out of our comfort zones, step away from what the world deems “beautiful,” and go natural, we are embracing a part of ourselves that has been hidden, and has finally been found and reestablished; we are taking back what has been lost and ultimately finding ourselves, once again; we are embracing the naturalness within. To me, being natural is not just about letting go of a relaxer. It is about stepping out of the box and doing something that truly represents your inner beauty. Being natural is about having an inner confidence that resonates on the outside. It is about taking that natural beauty and making it your own. It is about doing something that ultimately defines you

When going natural, we can oftentimes forget that we did it not for the world, not for our friends or family, but for US. We can easily let the world persuade us that naturalness is unattractive or abnormal, and as a result, we forget about us and focus on what the world is saying; thus, abandoning our naturalness. I can admit that becoming natural isn’t an easy decision to make. However, when one makes the decision to become natural, they have to make it with assurance in knowing that being natural is the way they want to go. Once that decision is made, embracing the natural YOU should be an everyday occurrence and not a once in a while thing.

For me, being natural is empowering. I love knowing that I was strong enough to make a change despite what society may deem beautiful. Since becoming natural, I have never felt the need to return to being relaxed. I may have my natural hair bad days where my curls don’t do what I want them to, but I deal with it and remember why I decided to become natural in the first place. Every day I wake up in the morning, undo my twist-out or braid-out, and look in the mirror at my fro, and I smile. Being natural for me has been an amazing experience and I will never look back. I love my natural beauty and I love the statement it makes. So, whether you have boisterous curls, kinky coils, long dreads, a TWA, or a huge fro, EMBRACE IT and love you, for you. Natural is beautiful; never forget that.

 

And that, my natural gals, is the  SECRET to embracing the natural YOU.