DEFINING NATURAL HAIR
Updated: Feb 12, 2019
Going natural during my freshman year in college was one of the biggest decisions I've ever made. Yeah, it's just hair; it grows back. But to me, my hair was and still is so important. Before I did the big chop, I was transitioning (if you don't know what that means, it's the phase of growing out your natural hair while your chemically processed hair has not yet been cut off). During that time, my hair stylist recommended I try out the Chi Enviro Smoothing Treatment to help me through the tangly process, and I must say it did make my hair easier to manage. However, I was still having a hard time...especially being a college student without all the time to deal with transitioning hair. So on December 19, 2015 (of course I remember the date haha), I decided to chop it off.
I debated with myself in my head for the longest before I allowed my mom to bring the scissors near my hair. I was thinking "What the heck am I doing?!?" And quite frankly, I didn't know. But I did know my hair was too tangled, and I was tired of dealing with it. So with that, my mom proceeded to snip it away. I must admit, it was actually pretty cute when I first did a twist out with the nearly 2 inches I had. Now when I look back on pictures of my hair during the second semester of freshman year, I cringe lol. It really wasn't a good look (for me).
Thankfully my hair glowed enough for me to finally feel comfortable with it. It's been about a year and a half since my big chop-a-versary, and I absolutely LOVE my natural hair. It took tons of trial and error and a few tears to figure out what products and methods were going to work for my hair, but finally, Chi Enviro Shampoo & Conditioner, Redken and Shea Moisture hair products, and finger coiling came to the rescue.
Going natural can be quite challenging, but once you get the hang of dealing with your hair, you will appreciate it. No matter what your hair type is, all hair is beautiful, so feel blessed about yours! What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa, but I thought I'd give you all an inside peak to my weekly hair routine. For my hair type and thickness, this process (excluding washing and detangling with conditioner and a comb/pick) should take about an hour and a half at most. So if you're ready to join the natural hair movement or try out a curl defining method, check out the video below!
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SHEA MOISTURE RAW SHEA BUTTER EXTRA-MOISTURE DETANGLER (this stuff is a miracle)
stay amazing, Jade