Happy Anniversary!

So a couple of days ago, it was my 1 year natural hair anniversary. This year has been full of ups and downs and full of learning experiences. But all and all I wouldn’t change anything, I will never go back to have relaxed hair, not saying anything bad for those that choose to remain relaxed….but for myself I can never see myself going back to that. I have seen so much progress in my hair, so much growth and so much more strength. Being natural has allowed me so much more freedom, I go to the gym more than I ever have in my life because I don’t have to worry about sweating out my hair. There is so much versatility with having natural hair, one day it can be straight, the next curly, or pretty much any hairstyle that I can imagine. I’m very happy to have made it one year strong and I look forward to many more years to come!

xoxo

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Product review Friday: OGX

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This weekend I purchased the OGX Kukui oil conditioner and Frizz Defying Curl Cream. Normally this product is usually $7-$8 depending on your area. Most of the time you can find this in any local drug store in your area (I didn’t buy the shampoo because I don’t usually shampoo my hair that often so I didn’t want to waste my money). Here’s what I thought about it…

PROS– BOGO sale most of the time! Besides smelling extremely good, this conditioner gives my hair lots of slip making it easier for me to detangle in the shower. I like how thick the product is and how moisturizing it feels when it’s applied. After washing it out my hair felt super soft and had a nice sheen to it as well. I used the Frizz Defying Curl Cream, to style my hair (a little bit goes along way). This cream is BOMB y’all, when I took out my twists the next morning, they were bouncy, shiny and super defined. I also felt that this combination allowed me to have 3 and 4 day hair without any frizz or disturbance in my curls (unless it was done on purpose).

CONS– Honestly the only con that I could really say about this product would be the amount of product in the actual bottle. I felt that a lot of it was unused space and they could have filled that baby to the top so I could have more!

I love the OGX line and have tried other products but this Kukui oil made me fall in love with my hair all over again. I would definitely recommended this product and if you’ve tried it already tell me what you liked or didn’t like about it.

xoxo

Tips for new Naturalistas

So this March, it will be one year since I have been completely natural! It really is an exciting journey. When I finally made the decision to do my “big chop,” although scared, I was really excited to start something new. When I saw my hair fall onto the floor piece by piece I think I had a mini panic attack inside. Once it was over I ran to the mirror to be surprised by a shorter dry afro. I don’t know if I was expecting the luscious curls that I see so much all over YouTube and other media sites; but my feelings were mixed about what I was seeing in the mirror. I wasn’t too sure what to do next; what products do I use? What style should I try? The first thing that popped in my head was moisture! So I decided to go ahead and wash and deep condition to tame my newly chopped hair. After almost a year of being natural I’m not a pro but I have a lot more experience, and have a few tips to share with my newly big chopped naturalistas…

1. Embrace your unique curl pattern and texture. Don’t compare yourself to others because that will only lead to disappointment, and that would make you forget the real reason you decided to take the journey in the first place.

2. Find a routine that works for you. Find a regimen that you know you can stick to that will benefit your hair. Find products that work for your hair. Trust me, you will have to try a few different things and combinations. I myself have a full basket of hair products (I’m a product junkie lol). Make sure you have a good wide tooth comb as well as a satin bonnet or satin pillow case (cotton anything is a NO NO!)

3. Remember that everyone’s hair is different, and that length is not what is the most important, you want healthy & happy hair. Remember to try to limit your heat use and you will really see your hair thrive. Everyone’s hair will grow differently. When you look at someone’s before and after photo after they typically have been natural for maybe a year or two, please remember that.

4. Try to find a good support group and maybe some other naturals. I know this was extremely helpful for me during my beginning stages. Finding other people that may be going through the same feelings as you will keep you strong so that you don’t go back to the creamy crack lol. I also found it helpful because other naturalistas was able to give me tips and tricks that I couldn’t think of.

Those are a few tips that I could think of that have helped me get to one year and has helped keep pushing forward. Becoming natural is something more than just your curl pattern and textures, for me it was something bigger than that and I think everyone’s journey will be different. I hope I helped at least one person whether you are in your transitioning stage right now or still considering whether or not to take that plunge. If you have tips of your own, I would love to hear, leave them in the comments!

L.O.C Method

So this one is for my natural sisters. It will be one year since I have been natural, and I’m still working on how to master the L.O.C method. For those who don’t know what the LOC method is, it is a technique that is used to moisturize your hair and help with retaining that moisture a little bit longer throughout your week. The L stands for leave-in or liquid the O stands for oil, and the C stands for cream. Now there isn’t any set way on how to do this, I’ve heard of people and their different ways to master this method and they all seem interesting. Here are a couple of products that I use…

L- if I’m not using water I use ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructrizer or Aloe Vera Juice (diluted). You can use any leave in conditioner that works best for your hair.

O- If I don’t use my beloved coconut oil I usually use whatever I  have on hand.You can use Jojoba, almond, argan, olive, grapeseed, tea tree and amla oil, all the way down to shea butter. Or you can even make your own little concoction.

C- For creams there are so many options. I personally love As I Am products, so I use the leave in conditioner. I also use Karen’s Body Beautiful Leave in Conditioner. I sometimes use styling creams as well if I’m not doing this as my nightly routine.

So there is not set products to use, you kind of have to find the right combinations that work best for you. Yes it has taken me a few different tries but this method really helps. I know my ladies that may have recently big chopped have experienced some more dryness than they are usually use to. This LOC method will definitely help with that and it allows you to retain that moisture for a little bit longer throughout the week. If you have any products that you use, please share!