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!

 

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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.

Growth and the Mane Choice Vitamin

 

The one thing every natural wants…. GROWTH. I went natural because I wanted curly hair. But, while going through my natural journey, and cutting off ALL of my hair, I realized that there was one thing I wanted much more than curly hair, and that was long, curly hair. When I cut off all my relaxed ends and went natural, my hair grew back within a year. Now that am three years natural, my hair is longer than what it was before I cut it. I use to wonder what was making my hair grow so fast. I realized that doing all the right things that my hair loves allows my hair to grow and to grow healthy. I know sometimes, like other naturals, I go through a phase where I think my hair is not growing. However, I’ve come to realize that is not true. Our hair is always growing; however, some people’s average speed of hair growth is quicker than others. So, when you look on YouTube or other social media sites, and you see other naturals with extremely long hair, don’t think that your hair cannot reach that same length. One day it will, but it may not reach it as fast as others.

There are several people out there who have secrets and routines that they believe grow their hair very fast. However, the fact of the matter is, our hair is going to grow at the rate it chooses. I have to admit, I sometimes get a little bummed out when I still don’t get the length I want. But, I know it will come. One of the things I decided to do to give my hair a little help with growth, besides the usual maintenance techniques, is try out the Mane Choice vitamin pills. Per my hair dresser Brandy at Huetiful Salon, I was told that this vitamin contains all natural ingredients and will not only treat the hair, but also the body.

I just ordered a month’s supply of the vitamins two days ago, so they should be here by next week; hopefully. I am excited to start taking them and see if they will give my curls a little help with growth! Stay on the lookout for a review, coming to you soon, right here on The Natural Hair Diary. 

#Naturalgirlproblems

Have you ever had to twist or braid your hair every night, and if you didn’t, you would wake up in the morning with your fro stuck to your head and more frizz than curls? This has happened to all naturals at some point, I’m sure. I mean sometimes, we are just too tired to twist or braid our hair up at night. But, if we don’t and it is messed up in the morning, we can always trust the puff to make our hair look halfway decent!

I’ve shared one of my #naturalgirlproblems with you, now you share yours with me! Comment below with #naturalgirlproblems and your  comment just might be featured on The Natural Hair Diary! 

The SECRET Behind Avoiding Breakage

When I was relaxed, I dealt with a ton of breakage; which is one of the reasons why I’m natural today. So, when I became natural I did tons of research on ways to avoid breakage. One of the many things that were stressed in my research was moisturizing the hair on a regular basis. Now, moisturizing the hair can mean a lot of things. It can mean deep conditioning every time you wash. It can mean, doing hot oil treatments once a week, it can mean applying a moisturizer to your hair daily, or it can mean giving it a much needed dose of H2O on a daily basis. It doesn’t necessarily matter what your moisturizing routine is, as long as you have one. If your curls are moisturized, they will be stronger and will be able to keep the breakage at bay. Unfortunately, I have had to recently deal with breakage. A while back, I decided to color my hair. I did everything I thought I should to avoid breakage due to the color. However, the one thing I didn’t do right was allow a professional to color my hair. I know we all want to save money; but, it is definitely worth spending the money to get a professional to color your hair. It saves time on the maintenance you will have to do if your tresses begin to break due to the color. So, if you do decide to color your curls, make sure you let a professional do it.

In addition to moisturizing and allowing an expert to color your hair, decreasing the manipulation of the hair will also minimize chances of breakage. Many naturals, like myself, like to play in our curls. We like do several styles that call for the usage of headbands, ponytails, and other cute hair accessories. To compliment these accessories, we like to do twist-outs, updo’s, braid-outs, and other cute styles. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do several different things with your tresses; after all, that is the fun in having natural hair. However, playing in your hair too much may cause breakage. When I first became natural, my hair was so short that I tended to wear a lot of headbands. Well, in doing research, I found that wearing headbands too much can cause the front edges of your hair to break off, producing bald spots. Once I found this out, I limited my use of headbands. One way to avoid manipulating your hair so much is doing protective styles. Protective styles allow the hair to rest; thus allowing it to grow.

The secret is out! Now, you know how to avoid breakage. But, what if this has already happened to you? Well, I have a secret for that too! Stay tuned! 

#Naturalgirlproblems Spotlight

This week’s #Naturalgirlproblems spotlight is on Chaniece! Here is her #Naturalgirlproblem comment:

“When your cute bantu knot out or twist out, puffs up due to humidity.”
#naturalgirlproblems

Chaniece,

I can totally relate to your natural girl problem. I HATE when I have a bangin’ twist out then, when I walk outside, my curls turn into a matted, poofed up mess. I love big hair, but not extremely noticeable poofy hair. Unfortunately, there is no way to combat this natural girl problem. The only thing we can do is embrace it!

Naturalista’s! We all have those pesky natural girl problems. So, why not share them! Post a comment underneath the natural girl problems logo, and don’t forget to include #Naturalgirlproblems. Your comment might just be featured right here on The Natural Hair Diary! Thanks for the comment Chaniece!

Be sure to check out Chaniece’s website here: http://hypnotic-glamour.net/