Hey guys! I went to the salon this week and got my hair blow dried and flat ironed and was shocked to see that I finally made it past tailbone length. Whoot Whoot! My last length check was done back in June of this year and I was at waist length then. I will see ya'll at the next length check in 2018! Happy growing;)
It's been 1 yr and three months since I had last applied heat to my hair...and I haven't had a trim since 2012! (She trimmed it today) Remember when I said I was on a journey to waist length hair? Well, today I'm officially there *does a happy dance* It's been a long journey with a lot of trial and error but I'm happy that I stayed committed to low manipulation hair styles and no heat for a whole year. I'm going to try to grow my hair to tailbone length for my next journey.
I cannot express the importance of getting a hair stylist that specializes in natural hair care and one that strives to always maintain the integrity of your hair! Shout out to Ja'Niece at Courtyard Salons here in Round Rock, TX for always taking care of my hair. If you are in the Austin area be sure to look her up.
My mom has been natural since 2014. She transitioned on accident and initially had no intention of doing so, but after her beautician of 20 plus years fell ill and could no longer do hair, my mom grew out her perm by wearing her hair in protective styles primarily in cornrows until she was able to find another hairstylist that she trusted with her mane. Once she started noticing the difference in her texture doing the transition process, she made a commitment to say goodbye forever to the creamy crack! Her hair has been long all of her life; however, she did cut her hair several times over the years in a bob, the famous Toni Braxton, and Halle Berry pixie cut hairstyles. She also had a Jheri curl at one point. Haha!
When did you completely go natural?
Aside from today, when was the last time you used heat on your hair?
At the end of 2013.
How often do you put color on your hair?
Every six to eight months at the salon. and let the stylist put a demi color on my hair. Or I'll use a coloring pen by Clairol to color my gray roots that I purchased at Sally's.
How often do you get a trim?
I haven't had a trim since 2012.
When you went to your most recent hair appointment did the beautician tell you that you needed one?
Nope, she said that one wasn't necessary.
Even though you hadn't had one in years?
Yep, I found out a long time ago that it is a myth to get your hair trimmed every six weeks. Some stylists are scissor happy. You ultimately have to know your own hair.
How often do you wash your hair? And what products do you use?
Once a month and I use Suave shampoo and conditioner.
What hair care products are you using? I use B&B to grease my scalp and depending on how dry it is I may add extra virgin olive oil to it. I use Parnevu Leave-In Conditioner in the Spring and Summer, and in the Fall and Winter, I use Liv hair grease.
Do you have a night time routine?
Not really. I just wear a satin bonnet and go to bed.
Any tips for women that are in the process of transitioning?
Be patient! I will admit that it is hard to manage the new growth and the two different textures at once but try not to get frustrated and just wear your hair in a braid out to blend the two textures. Or in a protective style such as braids, but do not neglect your real hair if you are going to go the weave route. Your hair is your crown and glory and should be treated with care.
If you are in the Austin area and need a beautician. Contact Ja'Niece at www.schedulicity.com
Hello, everyone! Sunday's are usually reserved for wash day. I do not wash my hair every week I usually wash it maybe twice a month depending on how dirty my scalp is from my workouts I use a dry shampoo in between washes. The reason why I don't wash my hair every single week is because my hair does not respond well to a lot of manipulation and tends to get really dry and will turn into a knotted up mess.
I detangle my hair while I'm in the shower. My go to products on wash day are Tresemme Flawless Curls Shampoo and Conditioner and then I use Cantu Deep Moisturizing Mask. Next, I dry my hair with a cotton t-shirt. The reason why I use a t-shirt instead of a towel is to help prevent unnecessary breakage and frizz. Once my hair is semi-dry, I use Cantu leave in conditioner and then I braid my hair into two pigtails and let my hair air dry.
In the morning I unbraid my hair, and just shake and go. To maintain my hair at night throughout the week, I put my hair in a high ponytail aka the "pineapple method" or in a low bun. If my curls need to be refreshed I spritz my hair with water.
On average it takes about thirty to forty minutes to wash and style my hair. That is all I do guys! Nothing fancy or extravagant.
What is your wash day regimen?
Hello, everyone! I am currently at waist length when my hair is straight, but my goal is to get to tailbone length or hip length by the end of this year. *crosses fingers* wish me luck, guys. Lol!
Here are some of the tips that have helped me to retain my hair length over the last few years.
- I only flat iron my hair every six months to a year. (This April will make a year since I last flat ironed my hair.)
- I protect my ends by wearing my hair in a bun four days out of the week. The reason why I wear my hair in a bun is to protect my hair from the elements. Having your hair constantly rub on the back of your t-shirt can cause too much friction and can dry your hair out, thus causing breakage.
- I do not comb my hair every single day. My hair responds better to less manipulation. I only take my hair down and comb it once a week.
- I only wash my hair two times out of the month. I do not wash my hair every single week because my hair gets really dry and matted if I do that. In between washes depending on how sweaty my scalp gets I use a dry shampoo on my roots but that's it.
- I stick to the same products. I have learned over the years that using too many different products all at once can cause my hair to become dry and brittle (I will post the products I used to use and how my hair responded to them.)
- I do not let everyone style my hair. I stay away from "kitchen hair do's" My current stylist that I use to flat iron my hair is very knowledgeable on my texture and specializes in natural hair care. You have got to do your research before you go to a salon. Another great rule of thumb is to look at your potential stylist hair while you're there for a consultation. If she can't take of her own hair what makes you think she can take care of yours? I stay away from beauticians that are scissor happy too and are rough with my hair. You have got to protect your edges at all cost, ladies.
- I won't lie and say that I sleep in a satin bonnet every night, but I do try my hardest to remember to put it on before bed. I usually put my hair up in a high ponytail (the pineapple method) or in a braided bun before bed.
What are some of the ways you retain length? Please leave a comment below and share with our subscribers.
Hi, guys! So the questions I get often are “how long have I been natural?” and “have I ever had a perm before?” Well, I have never ever had a perm (shout out to my mom for telling me no as a teenager) and I have had long hair all my life. However, I have cut it, dyed it, and abused my hair by using too much heat. Ooh, chile… my Chi Iron and I used to be the best of friends. But now she’s like that flakey friend that I see maybe every six months to a year. Haha!
Anyway, I ultimately had to start all over again by cutting my hair to chin length. And yes, yes I did cry about it. I eventually transitioned from thin, brittle, over processed hair to long healthy hair by wearing my hair in protective styles. I wore my hair in two strand twist, havana twist, and cornrows braided into an updo style. I also made sure that the person doing my hair did not braid my hair too tight and I made sure to keep my hair moisturized by oiling my scalp with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil once every two weeks depending on how dry my scalp was at the time. I also wrapped my hair at night in a scarf to keep the braids neat. That’s pretty much it.
With the new natural hair feature added to the site. I will post product reviews, my hair care tips that I have learned over the years, my current hair regime, and my favorite YouTube hair gurus, etc.
Also, if you would like to share your natural hair journey then please submit your pics and your story to my email firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured. I would like to have a variety of textures represented on my blog, so please share your story with us! We would love to hear from you.