Today, my hair is in better quality than last month. It’s softer with a natural shine; my new growth is tamed with defined curls. So far, my current styles have trained both textures to love one another—-and I hope it stays that way.
As a visual person, I created a natural hair inspiration file with photos of styles to help me cope with transitioning, since 88% of my hair is still in relaxed form. Things I discovered:
- I noticed from my photo collection, I am huge "hair fan" of Yaya Dacosta from America’s Next Top Model!
- I’m also happy to add Esperanza Spalding to my photo collection, who won the Best New Artist Grammy, and showed her kinky curls to the world.
- The Youtube ladies have restored my hope: Chime, Kim Love, Nina Pruitt, KayKay10001, NikkiMae2003, MSMIKKO100 and more!
In January, I purchased a lot of products (natural, oils, & essential oils), and noticed:
- I paid more, but used less products with the natural ingredients.
- I began to create a variety oil mixes, venturing outside of coconut and olive oil.
Speaking of oil mixes, I recently created two mixes: Castor/Peppermint and Jojoba/Almond. Jojoba is my recent favorite oil, and I’ve always loved sweet almond for fragrance (De La Cruz brand). I learned about sweet almond for fragrance eight years ago, when I read an Ayurvedic beauty book targeted towards westerners. (We like to smell good!)
How did I finance my product junkie-ism?
In February, I started a hair barter service with family and friends to pay for ”trial-and-error” products. So far, my Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in and Come Clean shampoo got paid for with these funds! I also embraced my inner frugalista by walking away from unnecessary product purchases (Giovanni!). If the urge comes, I’ll use barter services for products or buy samples or travel sizes. I’ve always been a “sample” buyer.
Other things I did in February:
- I tried the Hair One cleansing conditioner (Olive Oil for Dry and Damage Hair), and it left my hair soft, clean, and moisturized—-a must purchase!
- I tried my first co-wash ever with Yes To Carrots Pampering Mud Conditioner. I purchased this in February and loved the results.
- I tested the Two Oil Method for five days in response to a Youtuber’s video (3:48) on maintaining a simple regimen. She mentioned we only need two oils—-castor and coconut oil: castor for roots and coconut for hair & ends. I’ll say its an economical way to seal moisture and stimulate growth.
I learned something new:
- I always used thick paper towels to remove the water weight after washing. According to Deva Curl, this is a better method, since towels create frizz.
- My mind was blown when I learned how to make natural gel with flaxseeds. I will definitely try this with oils and aloe when my hair is 50% natural.
- Ann Noire