Ja, so time flies & all that. Apparently. If you ask me, when it comes to my hair, not nearly fast enough!
I’m 9 months post the big chop & the journey continues. As does the learning. Other than wishing my hair was loooong already, I’m really happy with my decision to go natural so far. It’s easier (note, not easy!), less stress, time & money & well, just more natural.
Right after my big chop in Feb 2012. At this point I was still transitioning & went back to the salon two more times to have the straight, relaxed ends chopped off before I was fully natural. It didn’t last long, but I really liked the asymmetrical side-swept fringe.
9 month old curls – they’re coming along…
Perhaps the biggest highlight of my natural journey to date has been finding some shea butter that I’d jealously been seeing all over American blogs, right here in Mzansi!
Curly Sue 🙂
My current regime (super simple I think):
- Co wash (daily or every second day) as needed using TRESemme Naturals conditioner
- Pre poo before every shampoo with coconut oil or whipped shea butter (my own recipe) ideally overnight or at least for an hour (with a shower cap)
- Shampoo (weekly) with one of the shampoo’s from my stash or
- Shampoo (every second week) with a clarifying shampoo from my stash
- Deep condition (weekly) with a treatment from my stash (kept on for 15-30 mins, without heat)
- Moisturize daily (I aim for twice a day but I sometimes slack. I always do once a day at least) with whipped shea butter.
PS Fellow naturals hold onto your curls while I ‘fess up that my stash is from my pre natural days, so they may not be sulphate free etc. I
was am a bit of a hoarder, so I’m running it down but it’s going to take a quite a while. I did originally plan to, but I can’t get myself the throw the stuff out. I’m frugal like that. I try to take “precautions” e.g. pre pooing ahead of shampooing to keep moisture in my hair as much as possible.
My day-to-day look takes me about 10 mins: co wash (with a cold final rinse which I do over the basin instead of in the shower – less painful) & moisturising my hair with a small amount of my whipped shea butter. That’s it. Curls galore!
So my current dilemma is whether I should go for some shaping/styling or if I should postpone it & keep growing as is till the 1 year anniversary of my big chop (Feb 2013) when I plan to do a length check and then do some shaping/styling. First world problems indeed! I was so sure I wanted to do it a week ago, now I’m undecided – any thoughts to lift me from this utter confusion are welcome!
Hope you’re having fun & growing strong, healthy hair whatever your own hair journey.
Be kind to your hair!