If you’re anything like me, you prefer wearing protective styles 365 and in a leap year, 366 days a year (with the exception of the day or two that you were your natural hair out because you couldn’t set an appointment the day of or day after you took your previous protective style down). Recently, I took my weave out and instead of instantly getting another protective style, I have decided to let my scalp breathe for a couple of weeks, maybe a month or two and honey… let me tell you.
After I shampooed, deep-conditioned, trimmed, dyed, moisturized, and two-strand twisted my hair, I was seriously thinking about either cutting it all off, because my theory is the shorter the natural hair, the easier to maintain, the longer the natural hair, the harder, or going to the beauty supply store and buying some braiding hair and slapping some braids right into my head.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my natural hair and kudos to those who wear there natural hair out all the time, but however, I love my protective styles. They are so easy to maintain and most of the times all I have to do is put a bonnet on, sleep, wake-up, take the bonnet off, and go. But chile, let me try that with this natural hair and I’ll be looking like boo-foo the fool. Lol.
I will say though, for me the natural process has been an up and down battle. I first decided to go natural and do the “big chop” in August of 2012. My hair was so damaged and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I walked into the beauty salon and straight up told my beautician to just chop all this shit off, with no hesitation.
It was honestly, a battle with myself. I lost a lot of self-esteem because I did not embrace my short hair like I wish I would have. I was used to being the pretty chick with long hair and I felt like the ugly chick with short hair that looks like a man (I kid you not, I’d gotten mistake for a man several times, which is why I now wear make-up and big earrings now when I’m wearing my natural hair). And once my hair grew long enough for me to slap some weave in, you better believe I slapped some weave in and I didn’t stop slapping weave in until I damaged my hair yet again and had to cut it all off again.
This time around, I took better care of my hair by researching and researching how to actively take care of my natural hair when I wore it out and when I work protective styles. I still haven’t learned my lesson when it comes to heat on my hair because I consistently use that flat iron when I have leave out on a sew-in.
My hair is now longer than what it was been since I’ve gone natural back in 2012, hence the picture. I can finally put this bad boy in a ponytail honey and I swear y’all can’t tell me shit because I can lol.
Any how, below I have listed some of the natural hair products that I use on a daily basis:
Lotta Body Moisturize Me
Lotta Body Shape Me
Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner
Organix Bioin & Collagen Conditioner
Organix Argan Oil & Morocco Conditioner
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo & Conditioner
I honestly don’t have a favorite brand of conditioner and/or shampoo, I just choose which ever one, I want to use that day that I wash my hair.