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Loving My Natural Tresses

Loving My Natural Tresses

loving my natural hair
Cheeeezzzzz! It’s a Kodak moment!

It’s been four (4) whole years since I last applied relaxers to my hair. My journey has been one of many ups and downs but there is nothing that could make me go back to the creamy crack right now. I must admit that I have been tempted to along the way but when I really think about it, I always end up preferring to keep my natural hair. And here is why I love my natural hair so much.

  1. I love the way my natural hair feels – Yep, I ¬†absolutely love the way my natural hair feels in my hands. I love the thickness and the “life” that I feel whenever I touch my tresses. I get that feeling of good health and vitality and strength especially when I wash my hair. It just feels good to feel the thickness as I run my hands through while cleaning each section. I can’t really find the right words to explain the feeling but those of you who wash your own natural hair may be able to relate to what I’m saying. You have to experience this feeling for yourself to know exactly what I am talking about.
  2. I love the way my natural hair looks¬†– I hate seeing thin, limpless hair. I love to see hair with body and lots of life and bounce. That’s how my hair looks these days and I am so happy for this. I have naturally thick hair but when I used to relax it, there were times that I couldn’t even tell that my hair was thick. It had become thin and damaged and the ends were stringy and limp. I hated seeing my hair that way. Since I’ve embraced my natural hair once again, I have my thickness back. It’s funny how people used to make fun of thick hair when I was a child. It was the worst thing to have thick hair because it meant broken combs, painful detangling sessions, fear of wash days and teasing from schoolmates. Nowadays, having thick natural hair is something to be desired. Just like how thick lips used to be scorned and now everybody wants thicker lips. Thank God I have these naturally! And that I have learned to appreciate myself the way God made me.
  3. I love the natural hair compliments that I receive – Yesterday I received what I consider the best compliment that a natural sister can get. A sister who was wearing a blonde wig smiled and told me that she loved my hair. I was flattered. It felt truly good to hear those words coming from someone who wasn’t natural herself. And I now receive compliments about my hair on a regular basis. I really appreciate these compliments because God knows that I have put lots of effort into getting my hair in the shape that it is now in. For a very long time in my natural hair journey I struggled with dryness and breakage. I couldn’t figure out why my hair was breaking so badly and I spent several months trying to get my hair back. Because I had been creaming my hair for so long, I really didn’t know how to take care of my natural hair. Now I know so much more. Experience is the greatest teacher.
  4. I love the health of my natural hair – It is true. A woman’s hair is her glory. If her hair doesn’t look good, she doesn’t feel good. And for your hair to look good, it must be healthy. Once upon a time, I would trade health for length but not anymore. The most important thing for me is to have a healthy head of hair on my head regardless of the length. If it’s short, it can be healthy. If it’s long, it can be healthy. Although I have had to sacrifice length for health, I am still happy. Now that I know what it takes to keep my hair looking healthy, maybe I can now focus a little more on length. Then again, if it’s healthy, it’s likely to get longer without me even trying. So maybe I won’t worry about length too much.

Wearing my hair in its natural state makes me feel good. It makes me look good and I feel comfortable with what God blessed me with. I no longer have the urge to alter the chemical makeup of my hair. I like it just the way it is. Naturally :)!

 

My First Protein Treatment as a “New” Natural

Organics Hair Mayonnaise
Organics Hair Mayonnaise

Okay, I am far from being a new natural in terms of how long I’ve been wearing my hair naturally. But the whole experience still feels so new and there is sooo much that I am learning about my own hair!

So this weekend I did my very first protein treatment since I transitioned to natural. I still can’t believe that I have been natural for 2 full years and this is my very first protein treatment! Very first!

Why? As much as I hate to admit it, I didn’t know that I needed a protein treatment.

If you follow my blog you know that I have been having hair breakage issues and have been struggling to find a remedy for it.

Well, all along the journey, I did discover that my hair does not like any type of heat whatsoever. Whether it is from hair dryers or from the sun, my hair absolutely hates any type of heat.

I know now to stay away from heat if I want my natural hair to thrive and be healthy. And I also learned that my hair needs moisture.

When I realized that my hair was breaking, I went unto Youtube and found several videos that pointed to the possibility that excessive dryness was what was causing my hair breakage issues.

And so naturally, I started following the LOC method and trying to keep my hair moisturized. It worked for the most part but I still noticed that something very disturbing was happening to the front of my head as well as in my crown.

Now the front of my hair and the crown have a looser curl pattern than the back of my head. The back of my head has very thick hair with a much tighter curl pattern. I realized that the back of my head reacted best to my moisture treatments.

But the front and the crown got worse. I remember washing my hair and as the water hit my hair in the front, the ends of my hair literally just broke off in my hands as I washed it.

It was like my hair was “melting”. I don’t know how else to explain it. But, I was very worried. I began to wonder whether I had a medical condition that was causing my hair to break so badly despite my moisture treatments.

So I went right back to Youtube and I discovered that my hair breakage may not be caused by lack of moisture but it may actually be caused by too much moisture!

What? Too much moisture?

Yes, too much moisture. I learned that my hair needs to have a proper balance of moisture and protein for it to be healthy. Long story short, it turns out that I needed to have a protein treatment. And all along I didn’t know it or realize it.

I tell you that maintaining natural hair is not easy. There is so much to learn. And I thought I knew a lot but apparently I was fooling myself.

Anyway, I am happy to say that the protein treatment has really helped my hair and I can see and feel a big difference.

Jheri Redding natural protein conditioner
Jheri Redding Natural Protein Conditioner

I used Jheri Redding Natural Protein Conditioner and Organics Hair Mayonnaise with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Treatment for Weak, Damaged Hair. I remember my hairdresser using the Jheri Redding on my hair when it was processed but I never thought of using it on my natural hair.

I was always of the impression that the chemical processing was what lead to breaking down of protein in my hair so since my hair was natural, I assumed that protein would no longer be an issue.

Turns out I was wrong and that my hair was begging for a protein treatment. It was long overdue!

I hate the smell of the Jheri Redding but it got the job done. So I used the Organics Hair Mayonnaise to mask the smell of the Jheri Redding and to balance the amount of protein that my hair was getting.

I didn’t want to apply too much protein because I heard that too much can make the hair brittle and I didn’t want that. The combination turned out to be just what my hair needed.

There is one lesson that I learned that I need to share with you guys who may be struggling with hair breakage issues.

If your hair breakage is due to dryness, you will find that your hair breaks short at the ends when you handle it in its dry state.

On the other hand, if your hair breakage is caused by lack of protein, you will know based on how your hair reacts when it is wet. If your hair feels like it is about to snap when you stretch it while wet, then you need a protein treatment.

Also, if your hair just begins to fall off in your hands while wet, that is a sure sign that your hair needs protein.

protein treatment
Jheri Redding Natural Protein Treatment & Organics Hair Mayonnaise

I am just grateful that I finally figured out what was happening with my hair :).

Protein is necessary fellow naturals. Until next time, take care!