|Taken during my first year wearing my hair naturally|
I been wearing my hair naturally for 3 years and 2 months (at this point), but I transitioned for 2 years. I always mention the transition time so you'll know that this is basically 5 years worth of natural hair, but I have only been working with my natural texture for 3 years.
|Protective style with large twists|
|Protective style with small twists|
Do you wear protective styles or do you wear your hair out a lot? Do you change styles often?
I only wear my hair in protective styles when I see the need. For me, that's mostly during the brutal Chicago winters. I'll wear my hair in twists, which allows me to keep my hair moisturized and wear my wool caps . . . after covering my twists with a satin scarf of course.
I'll also wear twists when my schedule gets really busy and I know I won't have time to deal with my hair or when I get really frustrated and tired of the daily maintenance. During those times, I guess I'm protecting my hair from me!
Other than that, I wear it out most of the time because I like the big hair look. I wear the same basic styles (twists, twistouts, puffs) and my favorite is a big twistout. I change the look by adding fun accessories, alternating the size of the twists and alternating between the regular styles and updos. The environment does its part in helping me change the look by adding elements like wind, humidity and rain :-)
Every once in a while, I get creative and try something fun to get rid of the boredom and add a little excitement. I don't have a lot of creative ideas nor the stying skills to do a lot with the front, so the front looks the same, but I altered the back.
|This is the style I wear when I get bored and want |
something a little different
|Here, the back is just a big twistout with part of it |
|Same look with an afro puff at the top|
|Same look with a pulled up twistout at the top. I made this|
twistout from smaller twists for a more defined look.
What are your tips for handling breakage?
I believe some breakage is normal. From what I understand, every twist and curve is a potential breaking point (I've actually noticed some splits in the middle of a curve, so I believe this is true). Since our hair is full of twists and curves, then I believe it's not possible to avoid breakage entirely, but of course you want to minimize it to retain as much length as possible and keep your hair healthy.
Inspect your hair and figure out why it's breaking. Are those strands damaged? If so, you need to trim. Is your hair dry? Maybe you need to change your moisturizing product or your moisturizing technique. Unless my hair is in twists, I moisturize every day. With the twists, I try to remember to apply oil to my ends at least every other day. If none of those things are the reason for your breakage, then maybe you're handling your hair too roughly. I read somewhere that you should treat your hair like fine silk. The tighter the curl pattern, the truer the statement.
I also suggest avoiding (or minimizing) styles that are "tangle monsters" - any fro style and wash and gos - especially if your hair is long and you have 4a/b/c/ texture.
|Of all my pics, this one has gotten the most love,|
but you can easily see that this is a true "tangle monster"
|Wear sparingly to avoid tangling|
and unnecessary damage
Detangle as gently as possible and only when you have time to tackle the job so you don't rip through your hair in haste. Always dry your hair in a stretched position (twists, braids, plaits, etc) to minimize tangles.
|Not bad for length especially since my longest hair is at the top|
|Focus on width, not length|
Do you go to a hairstylist or natural hairstylist?
I've never been to a natural hairstylist and I haven't been to a hairstylist in 3 years for a few reasons:
- From my experience, hairstylist do not handle my hair gently. Since I know my hair is fragile, I rather handle it myself with the ultimate TLC.
- The only hairstyle I know of that will last any period of time is twists and I can do that myself.
- I need to learn how to care for my hair and I think the best way of doing that is dealing with my own hair.
What do you do with your hair when you're working out?
Tie it up in a scarf so that none of my hair is touching the back of my neck or my forehead. I don't sweat a lot and even during my most intense workout sessions, it's not my head that's sweating, but that may be too much information (lol), but my point is I don't see the need to wash my hair after every work out and the reality of it, is I don't have that kind of time. Since I'm not noticing any damaging effects from my current routine, I'm sticking with it for a while.
2 tablespoons of Jojoba Oil
1 teaspoon of Castor Oil
1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil
6 - 8 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
6 - 8 drops of Basil Essential Oil
I can't say this mixture is responsible for anything since I just started using it a couple of months ago, but I like it and this is what I'm using right now.
I also mix my leave-in conditioner, but I use a recipe that was recommended to me by a fellow natural and it's also used by Kim Love. The ACV rinse is from Kim Love too.
- 2 tablespoons of Kinky Curly Knot Today (I use my Alba Leave-In)
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice
- 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
- 2 teaspoons of castor oil
|Twistout from large twists|
|Look at how loose the curl pattern is -|
Since I retwist each night, detangling
this will be easy when I wash.
Any other questions? Please post them. Thanks!
~Loving Me Naturally