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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. 

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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.

Plus I would feel like a quitter if I gave up now. I at least have to grow a ponytail! 

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. September 26, 2011 / 1:26 am

    IN-TER-ESTING…(yet again)

    See…when I went from natural to relaxed mo-hawk…I immediately lost my membership to the “getting stopped every other block by another natural head” with a nod/compliment and/or smile.

    “Relaxers HAVE no love (among themselves) and get NO love from the naturals…LOL I missed it IMMEDIATELY!!! <Didn't think I was THAT girl….but when you get compliments on a fuchsia-fro everyday…you're like WHAT-the-WHAT??!!

    But it's all good…I walk wit' my Mo-hawk ;o}

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      September 26, 2011 / 1:28 am

      You know I am IN LOVE with your mohawk & it totally fits you!

  2. September 27, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    GIRL!! I have told you over and over again how much I love your hair.. Now that it’s natural and the grey is all through it, I love it more..
    I did a hair show in June and the stylist said, “your hair is so fine.. you know… you don’t really NEED a perm..” and that was it.. I haven’t had a perm since.. Last week, I cut my hair.. Natural in the back, but because the top has some length, there’s still some perm in it.. It’s so crazy how many times a day I catch my hands in my hair, rubbing waves and wondering why they won’t grow faster..
    Finding the products ARE a pain.. I find that I have to wash my hair every few days to get the “fresh curl” look.. Not only that, but a majority of products have petroleum jelly and/or mineral oil.. Just because my hair needs moisture doesn’t mean I want to drag it down with heavy product.. so the search continues.. I WILL say, I have the Shea Moisture Reconstructing Elixir and that’s worked WONDERS~!! I’m not sure the curl milk will work for me as my hair is fine..
    Your hair looks WONDERFUL!! And I have similar sentiments to you, I at least need to grow a ponytail.. or have my length get to the point where there’s more than two curls.. I can’t wait to see your texture when your hair is longer!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      October 1, 2011 / 8:30 pm

      HEY Tweetheart! You know from following me on twitter that it’s NO easy task. I had a big issue with cutting my hair off. But I knew that if I didn’t cut it off I would be more tempted to perm my long hair sooooooo chopped it got! XOXO

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      October 1, 2011 / 8:28 pm

      XOXO, thanks!

  3. September 29, 2011 / 6:29 pm

    I’ve been struggling with going natural for about two years. I’ve promised myself that after I have a kid, I will do the big chop because I will have less time on my hands. Thanks for keeping it real!

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      October 1, 2011 / 8:27 pm

      Any time! Going natural isn’t for everyone. And it should be ok to try and not feel the backlash from the natural community if you should so happen to change your mind!

  4. October 1, 2011 / 8:18 pm

    I love this post! Your gorgeous curls have this relaxer-haired girl jealous. I’m super curious about the transition and what my natural hair looks like… reading posts from you and Christina over at Love Brown Sugar are so comforting as I continue to figure out next steps. Also, makes me feel like if I finally decide to go natural, I’ll be in great company.

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      October 1, 2011 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks sooooo much! I will just say that taking that jump to go natural is NOT for the WEAK! lol

  5. Evelyn
    January 3, 2012 / 10:54 pm

    Just found your site! I chopped all my hair off and now dont know what to do with it. Thank God I know how to braid. I put some micro braids in that bad boy and called it a day. Maybe three months from now I can face my hair again. one inch hair is NOT for me lol….

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      January 4, 2012 / 1:17 am

      Yea! I am still figuring it out. Luckily I have you guys to vent to or I would have permed it by now, le sigh!

  6. Juliette
    February 18, 2012 / 9:27 pm

    Your hair really highlights your face and the shape of your head. Have you tried any of the short styles Curly Nikki featured a few months back? It’s always nice to have options, no matter the length of your hair. Good luck!

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      February 18, 2012 / 9:31 pm

      I have a Mohawk now. If you follow me on Twitter (@ohmyty) you can see it!

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