THE TASK: No one ever really tells you what to be prepared for when you take that daring leap to transform your previously chemically induced mane into one with a more natural existence. Whether you’re in it to get healthier hair or you’re a trendy diva following the natural hair wave, the results are the same.
It’s been maybe 2 months and I will be honest and say I’m not SOLD on being natural. Some days my curls are fresh and I love them, other days they’re just not really feeling me and they decide to take a break I guess.
One of the biggest and hardest adjustments was how my overall appearance changed. Because my hair is now much shorter I feel the need to ALWAYS be glammed out with foundation, gloss, and mascara. I absolutely have to have on some type of dangling earrings or a sequin head piece. Without my crutching accessories I feel like a little boy. Regardless of your I LOVE YOUR HAIR comments I’m reminded daily of how much I miss my long tresses.
THE PRODUCT: In the beginning finding the right product to “enhance” my curls was becoming beyond annoying. But my fav bank teller at Wells Fargo has a similar hair texture to mine and swore by Shea Moisture products. After doing a poll and visiting the beauty supply stores, I realized that the trendy products like Miss Jessies or Kinky Curly were just not in my budget. And beyond that, my hair is thick and takes A LOT of product. It just doesn’t make sense to me to spend $32 for a 16 oz product that I will go through in a week.
So for $11 (sometimes $9) I purchased the Curl and Style Milk by Shea Moisture and I LOVE IT to pieces. I usually buy two bottles at a time so I am never without it, smh!
I also love Jane Carter shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo I brought is a tad bit tingly and I love it! I think that’s the “invigorating” part of it, LOL.
And here’s my hair all combed out (or up) with NO product. I had just gotten out of the shower so excuse the extra bare face & specs! IDK what SLS is but it’s free of it.
THE JOY: I will say that it’s NOT ALL BAD! I love playing in my little curls all day. Twisting them is such a mindless action that I do throughout the day. It also gives great 2nd and 3rd day hair volume. It’s amazing to me that I have about 20 extra minutes in the morning that I don’t spend on hair styling and nearly 2 hours is saved after washing it since I don’t have to blow dry my hair. My boyfriend plays in my hair now more than ever before now. Which is kinda odd but I still love it. He says he can mess it up and it goes right back to normal, (lies but ok!).
Among all these things, I’ve gained a new community to love. I’m noticed by every natural hair diva I pass and we always share our stories. I’ve got a new set of virtual sisters via #TeamNatural that are always here for support, they keep me abreast on the new products, and they scream what didn’t work. SO for now my decision for natural tresses will stay.