My Two Year Natural Hair Journey


Can you believe that two years ago today, I started my journey to natural hair? Whooza! How time flies? I did spend most of that time transitioning but I'm all natural now, so It's all good.

I had to share the image below because its a true reflection of my hair journey. And i'm sure you can all relate.

In April this year I finally did a mini chop (cutting the relaxed ends off) after transitioning for a total of 18 months. God only knows how I went for so long, because dealing with two textures wasn't easy. It became even more frustrating as time went on, so I knew it was time to let go and fully embrace my natural hair.

Like many long term transitioners, I was apprehensive about cutting the relaxed ends off. How was I going to deal with losing length? Will I be able to create my favourite styles? Will I even like my own texture?

I'll keep it real with you, it was a bit of a struggle working with shorter hair after the mini chop. My twist outs didn't sit as nicely as they used to, my up-do's didn't look as fabulous, my hair lacked shine and my curls weren't as defined as i'd hoped them to be. BUT I was all natural and this is what god had blessed me with.

I spent the follow months getting used to my texture, experimenting with different products, adjusting my daily regime and learning to except my hair for what it was...Beautiful.

I've put together a gallery of hair photos taken over the two years. Hopefully this will encourage, inspire and help someone on their journey to natural hair.

 

 

How did you find your journey to natural hair? If you're transitioning, how is your journey going? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Need Help With Transitioning to Natural?


My natural hair journey hasn't been easy but I have no regrets. Now that I've chopped the relaxed ends off my hair (blog post coming soon), it feels great to have made it through to the other end.

I thank god for my family, friends and the Internet, because my transition from relaxed hair to natural hair would have been a complete and utter nightmare. Don’t get me wrong, I still have moments where I want to just wrap my hair and jump into bed. But having the freedom of working with my own hair and getting to a place where my hair is healthy and wasn't dependant on the white, creamy, addictive stuff. Was waaaaay more important to me. 

I often get asked the following questions...

  • What did I do with my hair whilst I was transitioning?
  • How did I deal with two textures?
  • How did I combat breakage/shredding?
  • What styles did I use?
  • What products work best for transitioning hair?

So I thought I’d create this post for all those lovely ladies who are losing hope and need to be reminded that getting back to your "natural" beauty is a beautiful thing and an interesting road to self discovery.

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KEEPING YOUR HAIR HEALTHY

Keep your hair hydrated

The biggest struggle with transitioning your hair is preventing breakage due to damage and dryness. Do what you can to keep your hair hydrated by drinking lots of water. It's also important that you keep your hair moisturised by using a moisturiser/leave-in conditioner on a daily basis. Apply some to your hair before you style it, paying careful attention to the demarcation line (the point where your new growth (natural hair) and relaxed hair meet). 

Before washing your hair, try a pre-poo this will help to keep moisture locked into your hair. 

Mo's leave conditioner: Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner Weightless Moisture Conditioner and Teresa Angelina Leave-In Protector

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Use a deep conditioner regularly

Deep conditioning treatments take adding moisture to a new level. Although they are typically only used once a month or so, transitioning hair needs extra conditioning and can handle the treatments more frequently. Purchase a deep-conditioning treatment from your local beauty supply store, and apply it to your hair once a week. Alternately, you can also choose to visit a salon and get deep-conditioning treatments regularly.

A great alternative to a deep conditioner is mayonnaise. Although this may sound a bit crazy and unappealing, it can work wonders on adding moisture to your hair. Apply it to your hair once a week for 30 minutes to an hour.
 

Mo's deep conditioner:

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Stay away from heat

In general, hot tools should be avoided if you’re trying to protect your hair. Using curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers can stress your hair and cause breakage, specifically at the demarcation line. 

If you absolutely must use hot tools, limit there use to only one day a week at most. It's also important that you use a heat protector before applying any form heat in order to avoid heat damage. Please remember that healthy hair should always be your ultimate goal.

Mo's heat protector: ORS Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum

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Give yourself a hot oil massage

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Waiting for your hair to grow out is often the most frustrating part of the growing-process. Rather than waiting idly by, you can promote new hair growth by giving yourself frequent scalp massages. Use a bit of oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, etc.) warmed slightly to massage your scalp. This will stimulate the hair follicles and help the strands to grow a bit faster. Hot oil massages can be done as frequently as you would like, but should be done at least once a week for the best results.

Mo's hot oil treatment: How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair

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Promote hair growth with supplements

Maintaining your vitamins and minerals is important to general health (in addition to hair health), but taking certain supplements can speed up hair growth and strengthen your hair extra fast. Some doctors recommend taking biotin or viviscal - supplements specifically used for hair and nail growth - to increase the speed at which your hair is growing. Additionally, making sure you have enough vitamin D, B and A will help your hair out as well.

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Purchase new hair products. 

As it turns out, not all hair products are created equally. With a huge variety on the market, it can be difficult to find products that will work with your hair and your wallet. When transitioning your hair, it is vital to get transition-friendly hair supplies. Look for sulphate-free conditioning shampoos, as well as other hair treatments advertised specifically for use in transitioning or dry and damaged hair. Although these won’t necessarily change the appearance of your hair, they will work hard to prevent further damage and reverse current damage in your hair.

Mo's favourite products: 

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Avoid adding chemicals to your hair.

Try and stay away from hair dyes and bleach, as these cause significant damage to your hair, causing it to break and become frizzy. Look for all natural alternatives to chemicals you typically use, as these will be much safer on your scalp and strands than harsh chemicals are.

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How to keep relaxed ends moisturised

Cleanse your hair at least once a week. If your hair tends to be dry, co-wash (wash with conditioner or co-wash product alone) instead of using a shampoo. When you shampoo, use a sulfate-free product.

Weekly washes help to prevent relaxed hair from becoming too dry. Daily or as needed, apply a water-based moisturiser to your ends then seal the moisture in with a natural oil. Do NOT use hair oil/grease products made with petrolatum/petroleum or mineral oil. These will actually cause or worsen hair dryness and breakage.

Mo's cowash: As I Am Coconut Cowash

Mo's shampoo: Creme of Natural Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo 

 

CHANGING YOUR STYLE

Consider the ‘big chop’

It is common for people transitioning their hair to go ahead and do the big chop - that is, cutting off all the relaxed hair, leaving a short amount of new growth near the scalp. This is certainly the best option for creating healthy growth, but not everyone wants to start their journey with short hair. If you’re bold enough to try a new look, the big chop is an excellent choice for immediately getting rid of all your relaxed hair and creating an immediate full transition to natural hair.

Check out these beautiful TWA's (teeny weeny afro) for inspiration...

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Try using braids or twists

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Braids/Twists outs are a great way to add interest to your hair without damaging it. Mastering each style can be tricky, so spend some time finding which works best with your hair and personal stylistic preferences. Try not to do them too tight as to avoid stressing the strands of hair. Your hair is most fragile at the demarcation line, so be particularly gentle when styling it around this point.

Check out these transitioning styles for inspiration: 

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Trim your hair regularly.

Relaxer's are permanent, so whatever parts of your hair that has been in contact with a relaxer will never grow back naturally. Therefore, at some point in time your hair must be cut off to above the demarcation line. If you’re not willing to go for the big chop, the next step is to do regular trims of your hair. Over time you’ll have removed all of the damaged, relaxed hair to above the demarcation line, allowing your natural hair to grow more strongly.

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Avoid dealing with your hair too much.

Although it can be tricky not to, the more you touch and style your hair, the more likely it is to break and become frizzy. Try not to brush your hair too often, and avoid styles that put strain on your scalp. 

I hope this helps ladies. 

xx

 

How are you finding transitioning to natural hair? What advice would you give to some transitioning? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair


If your hair is breaking, shredding or feels really dry, you can show it some love by giving it a hot oil treatment.

What’s great about these treatments, is you can use almost any kind of natural oil — it’s really about what you prefer and what works best for your hair.

I like to make my own oil mixture and I tend to use a combination of coconut, JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), olive, jojoba, argan and grapeseed oil.  

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Follow these easy steps...

  1. Put your oil(s) in a heat proof plastic bottle/container or glass container.
  2. Heat up the oil by putting your bottle/container in a pot or tub of hot water for 2 minutes. DO NOT heat the oil in the microwave because it will lose the nutrients.
  3. Test the oil on your wrist before using so you don’t burn yourself.
  4. Section your hair into 4-6 sections to make distribution easier and less messy.
  5. Massage the oil into your scalp for 2-4 minutes.
  6. Cover your hair with a plastic cap to retain heat and moisture.
  7. Keep the oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Leave in overnight for better results.
  8. Rinse the oil out of your hair and then use your shampoo or cowash to cleanse.

For added moisture

Wet a towel with warm water and wring it out.  Wrap the warm towel around your head for 20-30 minutes. Alternatively I put a damp towel in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds to warm it up.  Don’t worry if the towel cools off, the process is still working.

For dry scalp and dandruff

Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to your mixture.

Results

Your hair should be noticeably softer, stronger and may even have a more prominent sheen.  If you do this regularly you should get far less breakage than you normally do when shampooing and detangling your hair.

 

Enjoy your healthier hair!

 

Have you tried a hot oil treatment before? What oils do you use for your hot oil treatment? Feel free to comment below...

Hair Talk / Rozanda Fadiora

Roz / Protective style

Roz / Protective style

Tell us your name and where you are from?

Hi my name is Rozanda… (aka RocStar according to Mighty Mo) from the sunny parts of South East London! Currently on maternity leave looking after our gorgeous bambino! 

How long have you been natural?

Difficult question to answer straight so bear with me… All will be revealed!
August 2008 was the last time I had relaxed my hair… Until I was convinced that I needed to texturize (relaxer really) my hairline ONLY for my wedding 2010. So technically  since 2010/11.

Rozanda / Before

Rozanda / Before

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

August 2008 went to my usual hairdresser for a relaxer only to be told she had left and therefore I'd been left in the hands of a stranger! (My sisters and I only ever went to hairdressers based on recommendation i.e. – “good looking hair”) so here I was faced with a predicament I had a major interview for a blue chip company the following morning and my hair was in need of a relaxer (3months old growth). The lady that was scheduled to do my hair said wow you have alot of growth! So she offered me some magazines to read and started. Bit by bit before I knew it she had pulled the relaxer to the ends of my hair! We all know what damage that could do... She basically over-processed and weakened the already relaxed hair. That was it I called my sisters crying my eyes out and said “I ain’t relaxing no more!” I was sick of having to find a good hairdresser that didn’t want to burn the life out of my hair! Sick of the ridiculous prices they wanted to charge etc. Anyway my hair took a bashing but thank God I was not left with bald patches. 

Rozanda / Natural

Rozanda / Natural

What is your hair type/texture?

Oh boy… Hard, thick and very nappy! I think its 4B very tight coils.

Rozanda / Transitioning

Rozanda / Transitioning

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

Hair styling is very basic! It’s usually styled in chunky twist which are either pinned up or let down for one week then the following week I will rock a twist out… which usually last the whole week. However if I have been lazy and slept without tying my hair down I’d have to use Eco Styler and pull it up into a high puff or bun with a pompadour.

Rozanda / Natural

Rozanda / Natural

Describe a typical wash day.

Fortnightly I start on a Thursday night by thoroughly wetting my hair, section, oil with Avocado, Olive and Almond, comb and brush (Denman) into loose large chunky plaits cover with shower cap until Friday night, wash and condition with Karen’s body beautiful. Detangle the sections oil and twist with Shea Moisture curling gel soufflé and use the smoothie on the ends for extra moisture.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle? 

Chunky Twist – So versatile.

Rozanda / Chunky twist

Rozanda / Chunky twist

List your top 5 products

My top 5 favourite products that I use to make up the basis of my own mixtures are: 

  • Karen’s body beautiful Naturally Chic shampoo & Conditioner
  • Shea moisture Curling Souffle
  • Shea moisture Smoothie
  • Almond, Olive & Avocado oil mix
  • Water/Rose Water
Rozanda / Favourite products

Rozanda / Favourite products

Can you recommend any websites/blogs that are great for providing hair advice, styles and inspirations?

TBH don’t have time these days , just google natural hair… actually I did get some hairstyle inspiration from SimplYounique on YouTube.

If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?

Go for it…. Don’t be fooled it is a very difficult journey especially if like me all you know is straight hair. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing! There were a few times I wanted to go back but the support I got from my husband really helped! You don’t have to go for the BC although it would help because as a good friend said new year! new hair! – You are reeducating yourself and getting to know your new natural hair. TBH I kinda took the easy option, I kept getting my hair pressed so I still had straight hair until I realised this was just as bad as relaxing, the heat damage your hair sustains cannot be rectified unless it’s chopped off.  Whichever way you decide to go there’s heaps of videos available online from people that have already walked this path.

 

Would you like to share you natural hair story? Contact me here.

 

 

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4 Great Twist Out Tutorials


The twist out helps to maintain healthy hair and it's great for preventing heat damage as no heat is involved. There is no tension on the scalp, which means no damage to the hair follicles. 

I tend to do 2/3 twistouts a week as it helps to blend in my two textures and it gives my frohawk and up-do’s its great effect. This is great for those transitioning and can be used on any hair length.

Check out the videos below for tips on creating a great twist out….

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Twist Out on Thin/Fine Natural Hair

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Two Strand Twist Secured With a Bantu Knot

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The Ultimate Transition Style | Flat Twist & Curl Tutorial

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Flat Twist Out Tutorial for TWA & Tapered Cuts

 

What are your tips for a great curl definition?


Hair Talk / Rebekah McCollin


Rebekah / Natural

Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is  Rebekah McCollin and i currently live in London, working part-time and studying full-time. 

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for 2 years and 4months.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

Many things made me look at being natural. Constant rejection of my own hair began to feel like self hatred and I was not raised to hate myself therefore I was behaving contrary to who I actually am but for who's benefit? Bad relaxers and damaged hair are the reasons that I put in braids; not realising I was 'Protective Styling'. While my hair was braided I looked around me at people I knew or was related to, some of them had virgin hair which was beautiful, healthy and alive. At that stage I acknowledged that it was laziness and miseducation that made me not care after my own hair in its natural state. 

Rebekah / Transitioning

Rebekah / Transitioning

What is your hair type/texture?

I have discovered that I am a 4 hair type. My texture ranges through a,b&c; I have all 3 textures of grade 4 type hair which has been a revelation due to thinking I was 4c only.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

I don't have a weekly styling regimen, I just do what I feel. Wash and condition when needed, but I do aim to protective style for the majority of the week.

Describe a typical wash day.

A typical wash day consists of an oil pre poo and finger detangle, diluted shampoo wash, followed by a conditioning treatment which is normally left overnight. Wash out conditioner with water only; then finally rinse with almond oil and water. I then t-shirt dry my hair; at this stage I will do the L.O.C method and twist up my hair to lock in the moisture.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle? 

My favourite go-to style would be my 'up puff'. Because I have 4a hair around my edges I am able to achieve a nice smooth finish therefore this look is quick and easy to achieve.

List your top 5 products

My top 5 favourite products that I use to make up the basis of my own mixtures are: 

  •                Shea Butter (Raw)
  •                Aloe Vera Gel
  •                Castor Oil
  •                Water
  •                100% Coconut Oil

Rebekah /  Top 5 products

Can you recommend any websites/blogs that are great for providing hair advice, styles and inspirations?

YouTube has been my friend for information or sources of research. I think that blogging and websites are great but there is nothing better than personal experience. Inspiration is needed for many of us and I have too been inspired; Kimmaytube, Beautiful Brown Baby Doll and the Greenchannel have been of upmost help during my natural progress.

If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?

I would say, have fun and do research. Understand your own texture and to not spend to much energy on wishing for the hair texture or type of others. In general I would advise them ALL to not define their beauty by other races standards.

 

Would you like to share you natural hair story? Contact me here.

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Product Review / Arosci Intensive Restructuring System


About 

The Arosci Intensive Restructuring System (IRS) is a revolutionary system of products featuring next generation protein therapies designed to tame frizz, smooth and straighten curly textures, and strengthen hair from the inside out. With the proven AROSCI Strand-by-Strand Strength™ Complex, AROSCI IRS delivers three levels of protection and strength for silky smooth length with superior shine for up to 12 weeks. Works on all hair types. Designed especially for Straight Seekers, Manageability Seekers, Natural Hair Wearers and Transitioning clients.

Why did I decide to use it?

After wearing my box braids for 6 months, I decided that needed something that was going to make transitioning to natural hair, as easy as possible and to help strengthen my hair. I considered the ‘Big Chop’ (cutting the relaxed ends off) and working with a TWA (Tweeny Weeny Afro), but I wasn’t ready to lose my length just yet. So after crawling the Internet for the best options, I discovered a keratin treatment called Arosci’s Intensive Restructuring System. This treatment promises to smooth and straighten my curly texture for up to 12 weeks and is aimed at those transitioning like myself. Unlike a relaxer, which permanently straightens your natural hair texture, the treatment is temporary and doesn’t use harsh chemicals. Great news!

The Result

  • I was curious about the ‘relaxer like’ results achieved by the treatment. I mean how good were the ‘relaxer like’ results really going to be. BUT I can confirm that I had silky, straight hair, which had body and bounce. So I was extremely pleased with the results.
  • My hair wasn’t bone straight like a relaxer but to be honest I preferred it, as the treatment made my hair look fuller and gave it so much movement. This is great for those with fine hair. 
  • The first wash after the treatment was absolutely fantastic. Detangling was a breeze, blow-drying took half the time and there was drastically less hair in the drain. Yey!
  • It was so easy to go from curly to straight as I simply activated the treatment with heat, using my blow dryer (after I washed my hair) and straighteners. 
  • One of the negative sides to the treatment was that I had to use quite a bit of heat in order to get my hair straight. And even though I didn’t need to use my straightener’s everyday, I was still worried about the condition of my hair and causing heat damage. So to avoid this, I reduced the amount of heat and kept my hair in protective styles (up do’s and twist outs) as often as I could to be on the safe side.
  • Managing my hair was really easy as I found that my hair was always soft, smooth and styling was straightforward. 
  • I also enjoyed the versatility of wearing my hair straight or curly, which is great for someone who’s transitioning. But you have to remember that this is not a relaxer, so your hair can revert back to its natural state through heavy sweating, lots of moisture and humidity. 
  • The treatment has a slight odour, which becomes a slightly stronger during the blow drying and flat iron process. But I wasn’t bothered by it.

 

After Care

I was advised by my hairdresser to use sulfate-free products, which will prevent stripping the treatment from my hair. She recommended two after care options…

  • Arosci after care products are designed to work synergistically to keep all hair textures in a harmonious state by cleansing, moisturising, strengthening, protecting and nourishing the hair. 
  • Crème of Nature Argan Oil range is a high performance line which is infused with Argan Oil, rich fatty acids, vitamin e and antioxidants giving hair exotic shine, nourishment and protection.

I decided to go with the Arosci after care range strictly for consistency reasons. I was slightly hesitant as their products are quite expensive, but I was willing to make the investment for the benefit of my hair. 
Overall I was happy with their after care products, apart from the Intensive Moisturising Treatment, which I found to be quite harsh on my hair. So after a while I stopped using it and replaced it with As I Am Hydration Elation, which does a great job.

I did purchase a few products from the Crème of Nature Argan Oil range to see if there were any differences. I didn’t really see any major differences, so I would definitely recommend the Crème of Nature Argan Oil range for those on a lower budget. 

How long did it last?

Arosci state that the treatment should last up to 12 weeks. I'm pleased to say that it lasted at least 16 weeks on my hair. I'm assuming this is dependant on an individual’s hair type, washing routine, manipulation and just general hair maintenance.

 

Curly and straight styles

Curly and straight styles

Have you re-applied the treatment?

I’ve replied the treatment twice and last application was in September 2013. I got to a point where I was getting more curious about my natural hair and starting to fall in love with the texture. Plus I generally spend most of my time in twist/braid outs, up-do’s and protective styles, so there was no need for the treatment.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how my hair will look once I do the ‘Big-Chop’ (cut off the relaxed ends). I’m hoping to do this within the next year or so, so watch this space.

 

 Have you tried this treatment? If so what did you think?


Natural Hairstyle / Frohawk


Frohawks are one of my favourite go to styles. They're so easy make after a twist out, as all you need is some hair grips and your time (not much required). 

For those transitioning, frohawks are a great way to blend in the two hair textures. 

My Frohawk

My Frohawk

You Tube has some really good videos on how to achieve a frohawk. One of my favourite vloggers is Iknowlee and she has a great video on how you can achieve this fantastic look.

Check it out. 

What's your favourite go to style?

 


Looking For Natural Hair Inspiration?


My hair journey from relaxed to natural hair has been a bit of a roller coaster. I'm having to deal with two textures, learning what works for my hair, fighting with dryness, coping with products addiction (my name is Monique Thomas and I'm a product junkie), de-tangling and so much more. BUT the one thing that keeps me focused, are the many women out there rocking great natural hair styles. Check it out...

Hairstyle / High Puff

Hairstyle / High Puff

Hairstyle / Twist out

Hairstyle / Twist out

Hairstyle / Pompadour  

Hairstyle / Pompadour  

Hairstyle / Frohawk

Hairstyle / Frohawk

Hairstyle /  Fro

Hairstyle /  Fro

Hairstyle /  Updo

Hairstyle /  Updo

What natural hairstyle inspires you the most?


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Hair Talk / Mo


Mo 

Mo 

Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Monique Thomas (the creator of moniquethomas.co.uk) and I'm a graphic designer living in London.

How long have you been natural?

I’m not 100% natural as yet, but I’ve been transitioning from September 2012 (18 months).

Mo / Before going natural

Mo / Before going natural

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

In 2005 I coloured my relaxed hair just in time for summer. A few weeks later I got my friend to re-touch the roots, but I made the mistake of not moisturising the coloured part of my hair beforehand. This ended in a complete and utter disaster. Whilst rinsing out the relaxer, my hair started to fall out from the roots. This was one of the worse days of my life.

The saving grace was that my hair fell out just in front of my crown and just before my hairline, so I was able to cover the bald patch with other parts of my hair. Phew! But I had a major problem…what do I do now? I didn’t want to relax my hair again, as I feared the worse (as you would) for my hair. I wasn’t a fan of weaves, extensions and wigs, so I was unsure what my options were as I’ve been relaxing my hair since I was 16 years old. It did cross my mind to go natural but my memories of natural hair consisted of dry, nappy, tough, difficult hair that was too much deal with. So I took the risk and I went with what I knew…the creamy crack.

Over the years I often ask myself what I plan to do with my hair. Because God only knows that I couldn't take another fall out. Having seen my cousin go from having relaxed hair to beautiful locs, going on holiday to the Caribbean and seeing all those women with stunning, healthy, long natural hair. I was inspired and I knew this was what I wanted. BUT how can I transition from relaxer to natural hair without the fear of how I was going to look? I didn’t have an answer, so I chickened out and continued relaxing. 

In 2009 I saw a movie called ‘Good Hair’ by Chris Rock, it was an eye opener for me. The movie not only highlights the issues of how black women perceive their hair, but also how the hair industry and 'clever' marketing pushes what they believe is acceptable and desirable for black women's hair. It goes into depth about the effects a relaxer has on our hair and scalp. It was at that point I knew I had to start my transition from relaxer to natural hair sooner rather than later.

In September 2012 I finally made the decision to grow out my relaxer and pursue my journey to natural hair. Yey! I started to do some research and came across a few photos of Solange Knowles (who is my fashion muse) with her natural hair and fell in love. Her confidence, style and vibe drew me in and I was sold.  When she rocked her box braids, it definitely pushed me in the right direction and I decided that box braids was the best way for me to start my journey. I love retro, funky styles and this 90’s style was right up my street.

I wore my box braids for over a period of 6 months and within that time I considered different options for when the time came for me to take out my braids. Prior to this I had never allowed my re-growth to be on show for longer than 8 weeks, so I needed something that was going to make transitioning as easy as possible.

I did some research and I discovered a keratin treatment by Arosci called Intensive Restructuring SystemI clearly wasn't ready or prepared to deal with two textures (as well as letting go of having bone straight hair) at this point, so i got some advice from my lovely hair dresser Carol to see if my hair was suitable for this treatment. Thankfully it was and i was so pleased with the results. [My review on the Arosci IRS treatment will be posted soon.]

Mo /  Transitioning / Keratin treatment

Mo /  Transitioning / Keratin treatment

September 2013 was the last time i re-applied the treatment, so i tend to style my hair with twists outs, updo’s and protective styles when necessary. I now enjoy seeing; touching and playing with my hair more than ever, so I can’t wait to see how it will look once I do the big chop (cut off the relaxed ends).

Mo / Protective Style - Box Braids

Mo / Protective Style - Box Braids

What is your hair type/texture?

I’m no hair expert but I’d say that my hair type is 4B with some 4C. 

Mo / Natural roots with relaxer on the ends

Mo / Natural roots with relaxer on the ends

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

My styling regimen over the course of a week usually consists of the following…

  • Moisturising my hair daily with my homemade water spritz (water, aloe vera and oils) and moisturizing cream 
  • Daily scalp massages 
  • Bantu knots/Flat twists out
  • Up do’s (after the curls become less defined)

Describe a typical washday.

Since the start of my natural hair journey, I really look forward to washdays, as my hair seems to respond better when it’s clean and freshly moisturised. My typical washday consists of the following…

  • Pre-poo (this refers to applying oils and/or a conditioner to the hair before shampooing) using coconut/jojoba/shea butter/castor/olive oil and/or my leave in conditioner.
  • Co-wash using As I Am Coconut Cowash (I only shampoo when I need to, which tends to be once a month if that).
  • Condition using As I Am Hydration Elation or Organic Hair Mayonnaise and I mix it with honey with coconut, olive and jojoba oil.
  • Moisturise using Giovanni Direct Leave in conditioner and/or Crème of Nature Argan Oil leave in conditioner, As I Am Moisturizing Milk and my homemade oil mixture (coconut/jojoboa/shea butter/castor/olive oil).

What is your favourite go to hairstyle?

My favourite go to style is a Frohawk (afro Mohawk) after a twist out. Or an up do (pompadour), which is a protective style that is easy to create and maintain, so I love it.

Mo /  FroHawk

Mo /  FroHawk

List your top 5 products.

  1. Virgin coconut oil
  2. As I Am Coconut Cowash 
  3. Ecostyler gel
  4. Homemade oils mix 
  5. Wide tooth comb
Mo / Products

Mo / Products

Can you recommend any websites/blogs that are great for providing hair advice, styles and inspirations?

I follow quite a few websites/blogs, so I’ll list four of my favourites below…

If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?

Don’t do it…only joking. Lol.

My advice to those transitioning or thinking of transitioning is research, research and more research. I can’t stress how important it is to educate yourself in order to achieve the best for your hair. There are so many different products, techniques and regimens that may work for some but not necessarily work for you. 

On a lighter note have fun with it, experiment and embrace your natural beauty. 

Now say it loud and say it proud…TEAM NATURAL BABY!

 

Are you currently transitioning or thinking about transitioning?

How are you finding it?