For all of you natural ladies out there: why did you go natural?
For me, I wanted healthy and strong hair. Relaxing my hair and applying heat to it every day was not working for me. My hair was brittle, burnt, and never grew past a certain length no matter what I did. It was bad to say the least. Ever since I decided to go natural, I have grown to love my hair. It's stronger, thicker, and longer than I have ever seen it. I've said it before and I will say it again:
Going natural was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Now, as much as I love my natural hair, sometimes I need to give it a bit of a boost. I have a hair regimen that I follow based on the seasons (which I will describe in a future post). I also use certain hair products, including a hair creme that I make (another post for another time). But occasionally, even my hair gets a bit...bored.
Yes, I think that's the best way to describe it. Bored.
You see, I have to treat my hair as if we are in a relationship. Yes,a relationship. I have to love my hair and treat it well and take care of it. But sometimes, I have to spice things up in order to keep my hair happy.
Just like how my fiance has to....you know what, never mind.
In case he is reading this, love you Kevin! :)
Anyways, I figured now would be a great time to switch things up a bit with my hair. I'm going to begin a hair growth challenge for the next few months. Along with doing my usual hair routine, I will be using a couple of new products, such as Dawn Ali's Super Growth Hair Oil and Dawn Ali's Super Hair, Skin Nails Veggie Capsules. I was introduced to Dawn's products by a friend of mine and heard nothing but great things. I also love supporting black businesses! She has other products too so if you are interested, check out her online store here! (As of 1/25/2017: If you buy one bottle of hair oil, you get the second one for free! No code necessary! Just check out the link above! Sale ends 1/27/2017).
This hair growth challenge works out perfectly because of two other reasons. One, my wedding is in April (yikes!) so I want my hair stronger and healthier than ever. And two, I accidentally chopped off a piece of my hair while removing crochet braids and I want to see if it will grow back in time for the wedding.
I still don't know how I chopped out that piece of hair. Maybe I had too much wine that night....hmm...
I will be posting updates on this challenge about once a month. Even though my wedding is in April, I'm going to continue the challenge until June. Gotta get my hair right for the summer! The photos in the slideshow above are my hair as of today. Let's see what it looks like come June!
Who else would be interested in doing a hair growth challenge with me? Comment below!
As much as I love my natural hair, there are a few things I totally hate.
Night time routines is one of them.
Last night, I spent over two hours just twisting my hair into the style that you see above.
OVER. TWO. HOURS.
Do you know what I could've been doing in those two hours? I could've been working on one of my freelance projects. I could've been finishing up an assignment for my actual job that I was supposed to finish up a day ago but shhhhh... Shoot. Two hours is a full sitting of WWE Smackdown Live (which BTW, the Nikki/Natalya fight from this past week's episode was pretty good if I do say so myself).
So why does it take so long to twist my hair at night?
1.) Arms start hurting.
You would think my arms would be slim with the workout it takes just to do my hair. The pain makes me take constant breaks.
2.) Baby girl decides she wants to help with my hair.
She then proceeds to hit me with my comb and run off with it. I proceed with twisting after I have retrieved my comb.
3.) Smackdown Live is getting too good.
I completely stop twisting my hair during matches and only get a few twists in during Hulu's commercial breaks.
4.) Fiance brings me a plate of food because he loves me!
Or he thinks that the only way to keep me happy is by feeding me, but whatever. I munch on the food in between twists.
5.) Where is my phone? KIM, GIVE ME BACK MY PHONE!!
Another chase ensues.
Now that I read this, it's amazing that my hair didn't take longer.
How do you get through your night time hair routine without distractions? Leave a comment below!
Going natural was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I've been natural since May 2009. I did my big chop (BC) in October of the same year. That's going on 8 years since I've had the creamy crack anywhere near my head! It's been a long journey and I've had my ups and downs, but I can say I do not regret my choice.
I ended up doing a second BC shortly after I gave birth in 2015 out of personal preference. Since my latest BC, my hair has become stronger, thicker, and longer than ever. I don't have plans on cutting it again (except for the occasional trim), especially now that I have more knowledge on what works best for my hair.
Now if you don't know by now, I hate the cold (you can see my post about being stuck in a snowstorm here). My hair also hates the cold. Then again, find me a sista whose hair doesn't mind the cold.
And when you do find her, let me know. I gotta couple of questions for her.
During the winter, I wear as many protective styles as possible. I don't even like exposing my 'fro in the winter. Obviously, I have to let my hair breathe at times. In the future, I will post detailing my fall and winter hair regime. For now, I just want to give a quick overview of how I protect my hair from the winter cold.
Probably my number one way to protect my hair from the cold when I have to let it breathe. Beanies are fashionable, lightweight, and can be worn almost anywhere. I usually twist my hair underneath, but there have been occasions where I am in a rush and have to slap it on over the 'fro. If you plan on wearing a beanie, try to line the inside with satin so your hair stays moisturized.
2.) Crochet Braids
I started wearing crochet braids in 2016. OMG, they have changed my life. Crochet braids are so natural-looking, it has been mistaken for my actual hair. I actually just removed my crochet braids, but I'll add pictures above of the times I've worn the braids so far this season.
Wigs are perfect because I can protect my hair from the cold when I go out and let my hair breathe as soon as I walk in the door. I tend to wear mostly curly wigs, but sometimes I switch it up and wear a straight wig. I don't spend much on my wigs either. I think the most I have ever spent is $60 and it didn't even last that long. I will also wear half-wigs, depending on how I'm feeling that day.
Bonus - Satin Bonnet
Y'all, don't judge me. If I have no plans on walking out the house, best believe I will moisturize my hair, twist it up, and put it right back into the satin bonnet I slept with. I have no shame. Hey, I'm a busy mom. Be glad I even do that much.
What are your favorite ways of protecting your hair during the winter? Leave a comment below!
And for real, find me the chick whose hair actually agrees with winter. I'm talking cold weather winter, not Florida winter.