My natural hair journey started quite incidentally. I was just fed up with paying $65.00 every two weeks to get my hair washed and set; most of the time by the end of the first week you could not even tell I’ve been to the hair salon. Then it was a average of $100.00 every six weeks for a touch up, so add that up it was roughly $1280+annually just for hair maintenance. Then you had to be concerned about the rain amongst other things which entailed the words “Humphf, I just got my hair done”, if you know what I mean LOL.
With this being said, I have not had a perm in my hair since January and I am loving every minute of it. At first my family was a bit reluctant to accept the new natural me, and so was I. Many days I got up and had no idea of what I wanted to do with my hair, I was absolutely clueless.
Initially, I tried flat ironing my hair myself, but being left handed turned out to be quite a handicap for me, I would get one side of my hair nice and straight and the other side kinky; what a hot mess. So, I started plaiting my hair at night, I would take it loose in the morning which created a sorta of curly fro. I did this for quite a while until my assistant and another coworker decided to join me on my natural hair journey. It at this point, some times during the summer months I got really serious about this natural hair thing. The two of them did all the research on different products and styles, they are quite good at it too :). One of the most comical moments was they were trying to teach me to co-wash, and for months, I thought they were saying cold wash, I was like what the heck is cold wash until the really broke it down and told me it was cowash, in other words a conditioning wash.
Right now my regiment is cowash twice a week, wear twist one day and twist out the next. Some days I just rock a fro. I am not able pull my hair back at this point, plus my edges are still a bit thin, but I am getting there.
There a several book and websites I use a my resources, one book in particular is Curly Like Me by Terri LaFlesh, she also has a website, TightlyCurly.
a few websites I like:
There are a lot more which I will share as I go along.
One of my contributor went to a natural hair show in Cleveland a couple weeks ago. And she brought back a product by Zuresh which is a smoothing and hair detangler. She started twisted my hair using just a bit of this product and I must say my hair absolutely love it. My twist were so long and shining. I took my twist down the next day and they were fantastic. My twist last two days with me only refreshing them with my hand. Up to this point was I have been using Shea Moisture after my cowash. I don’t think my hair like the Shea Moisture, it always seemed dry and my twist were frizzy. So I will see how the Zuresh works and I will give you a updated review on it. I am finding as I take this journey with my natural hair it’s a bit of trial and error in finding the products your hair likes. We will see if Zuresh is the product that my hair likes….Tootles