OMG! This day came up so fast!
Do you know what today is?! It’s my 1-year big chop anniversary *in my Tony Toni Tone voice* One year ago, today, I said hell with my relaxed ends and never looked back. Today, I’m so happy with the current state of my hair! I’ve learned a TON during this short year, so I’m happy to spread any wisdom, tips, tricks that I can.
So in honor of bomb results, here we go!
WILL MY HAIR GROW IF I CUT IT? (BE HONEST!)
I always get the “growth” hair question. Many girls want to cut off their relaxed ends, but are afraid that their hair won’t grow quickly. This is a MYTH, sis. If you feed your hair what it needs (i.e. keeping it moisturized AT ALL TIMES, washing/deep conditioning regularly, trimming off dead ends) TRUST ME, it’ll grow.
This is also coming from the girl whose cut her hair a thousand times, a thousand different ways. In 2014, I shaved the side of my head because my edges were suffering and then had the nerve to put in a box dye. Four years later, this is what my hair looks like. So believe me when I say, trust in the growth capabilities and most importantly, have patience.
Everyone close to me knows that I’m the queen of protective styles (I even have senegalese twists in as I type). Protective styles are also crucial to hair growth, because it simply allows you to keep your hands out of your head. Tons of day-to-day manipulation can also cause breakage, so I always highly suggest protective styles (this includes wigs, sis!)
I’M NEW TO THIS. WHAT THE HELL IS A “NATURAL HAIR REGIMEN?”
A natural hair regimen is simply a routine of how you manage your hair. After you cut off your relaxed hair, you’ll need to get to know your hair all over again – yep, how it naturally grows from your scalp. I don’t really have a defined regimen, but there are a few things I do that I’ll share:
- Washing (shampoo-ing/conditioning) your hair regularly is important. I just do it whenever I feel like my hair is dirty, I have a lot of product build-up, my scalp feels itchy, etc.
- Deep conditioning 1-2 times a month is a MUST! I made this mistake of never deep conditioning, and when I finally went to the hair dresser, she said “You definitely need a trim, you have a lot of split ends.” I was shook! I didn’t realize the importance, but it will help preserve your ends, maintain moisture and a host of other things!
- My stylist recommended that I do the L.O.C. method, which stands for Leave-In, Oil, Cream. This a good technique for keeping your hair moisturized. It consists of hydrating the hair with water, or a water-based product (your liquid), sealing in the moisture with oil, and then applying a cream product to close the hair cuticle to prevent hair loss.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS TO USE?
I’m not a product junkie by any means, and I’m very selective. I will read reviews on a product over and over again before I actually purchase anything. Listed below are a few of my favorites that work well on my hair (these all were also suggested by my wonderful hair stylist, Traci :))
Kinky-Curly Come Clean: A great clarifying shampoo that removes dirt, product build-up etc.
TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Deep Conditioner: LOVE this stuff! It leaves my hair incredibly soft and the smell is amazing (also black-owned!)
Kinky-Curly Knot Today: I apply this leave-in after I wash and condition. I use it so much that I’m almost out. 😦
My favorite oils to use are tea tree oil and olive oil. I usually dump them all into a spray bottle and work it through my hair strands accordingly.
Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter: HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT! I absolutely love using this for twist/braid-outs. The smell is amazing, doesn’t leave my hair flaky or crunchy and it leaves my hair ultra soft (also black-owned!)
I’m not really a gel girl, but I do use the clear eco-styler gel to lay down my edges. Another holy grail product.
Well there you have it my fellow naturalistas! If you have any specific questions on my hair journey, products, how-to’s, etc don’t hesitate to ask. We’re all learning together. 🙂