As you could read before, I've stopped with relaxing my hair and started my natural hair journey. I've been reading up on the topic and ofcourse experiencing a lot of new things. In my last natural hair journey update, I told you guys that my hair was feeling dry and that I would switch products. I'm sorry guys, the video only comes in Dutch! But you can keep on reading how my natural hair journey has gone in the last 2 months.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T14gkA667U
I'm happy with the products that were in there, especially the ones by Curls. I've been using these for over a month now, and I'm really satisfied. I've also started the Curly Girls method, which shortly means I only use products without silicons and sulfates. The products of Curls are all clean, so next to the Blueberry Bliss Leave In conditioner,Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste, Godess Curls Botanical Gelle, Champagne & Caviar Curl Elixer which I all received in the Black Beauty Box, I also added more to my collection. I bought the Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hairwash, Creamy Curl Cleanser and the Coconut Curlada Conditioner. I loved all of these, except for the Coconut Curlada Conditioner.
Hair Porosity I expected transitioning to be much harder than it is right now. I'm not saying I never was tempted to Big Chop already but that's another story. I read stories of women who were dealing with breakage, especially at the demarcation line( where the new growth meets the relaxed hair). Moisture is key to prevent breakage. It's also important to know your hair porosity. And your hair elasticity. So you know what kind of products your hair needs and to keep the balance between moisture and protein perfect.
The upcoming month I'll be making more texture shots. I'm not sure what curl type I have. It's hard to say with the relaxed ends weighing the curls down. But my focus is healthy hair. My new growth feels healthy and soft, and that's all that counts!
Hair growth tips It's very important that you have a hair regimen that works for you and your hair. I wash my hair once a week and I co-wash it once a week. I use a lot of products in my hair and I still massage my scalp with warm oil, so it's important to keep that clean. Your hair and scalp need a breather too! The scalp massages really help to stimulate growth I think. I do these upside down, so that blood runs to my head and to stimulate the hair follicles.Left: 5 months post relaxer. Right: 3 months post relaxer. I've marked the length 2 times, because the shrinkage is real!
Cut dead ends I also cut my dead ends on the regular. Not all of my relaxed ends are damaged, so I only have to cut little bits at a time. This way I prevent the dead ends from splitting up and damaging my healthy hair. This is really addictive by the way.🙈Shrinkage As you can see on the pictures, I do have shrinkage. My hair is already too short for me, I'm not ready for a TWA.
LOC method I use the Leave in, oil en cream/gel method ( LOC/LCO/LOG). I use the leave in conditioner first. After that I seal it in with an oil. After that I use a curl cream or gel. I do this every time I wash my hair. This makes sure the moisture stay locked in my tresses.
The upcoming month I'll be testing new products and listening to what my hair has tom say. So see you next month, at my 6 months update!