Hey loves! I took a small break from blogging to get a few things in order with my businesses, as well as a little shopping trip in Miami, but now I'm finally back! Expect a few posts as I have quite a number of products to review!
Today I'm going to speak with you a little about my natural hair journey and some products I have been using. I know many persons have no clue, but I have not had a relaxer since July 2013. My road to natural hair was never planned. I never actually got up one day and said, "hey, I am never getting a relaxer ever again". Truth is, I had to make this decision after I suffered from a major bleaching disaster in January 2013 when I decided to dye my entire hair red, and then getting a relaxer just a month after. Let's just say clumps of my hair fell out and it continued to fall out as the days went by.
I tried everything. I paid thousands of dollars for some of the best treatments on the planet, I clipped my ends regularly, I used so much coconut oil that it would be dripping all over the place, and nothing worked. Eventually I had another relaxer in July but that was it. It was then that I realised that all that relaxed hair I had on my head would NEVER actually recover, and so I ended up turning to protective styles such as senegalese twists so that I could grow my hair out. I would also remove my protective styles all the time to monitor my new growth and give it a good deep conditioning treatment.
Eventually I got fed up working with the two different textures, and after transitioning for 8 months, I finally did the big chop in March 2014. At the time I thought I was super crazy to have done that. I could not believe that I had cut so many inches off my hair. Sad to say, I didn't have the courage to walk around with my new look, and just a day or two after, I was back in braids again. However, I promised myself that as soon as I completed second year of university and was on summer break, I would give it a try. And so I did.
The struggle was real the first few days, and I'm sure that every naturalista can attest to this. I had no idea what to do, how to comb it, or what to put in it. My best friend Shelly-Ann has been natural for some time now and she has always been my go-to person for natural hair advice. I also follow up on natural hair videos by Stephanie from Beauty by Lee because I adore her cuts and curls. With some valuable advice from Shelly-Ann and Stephanie's videos, I realised that the key to managing your natural hair is getting some good ass products. I decided to make a small investment and get myself a few to start out with. I've heard so many good reviews about Cantu products and so I purchased the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Complete Conditioning Co-wash, as well as their Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream. Like Cantu, I know many persons who swear by products from Shea Moisture, which led me to purchase their Coconut & Hibiscus Smoothie. As for a regular gel, I had no idea which one to purchase, so I just picked up a random one called Ampro Pro Styl Protein Styling Gel. I'm hoping to add a few more products to my collection, but for now, these products make my hair easy peasy to manage.
I follow some really simple steps when caring for my natural hair. I start off by using the Cantu Conditioning Co-wash, and it really helps with moisturizing my curls, leaving them very soft and manageable. I decided to co-wash and ditch the shampoo because it leaves my hair feeling very dry. After that, I add just a teeny bit of coconut oil, and then the leave in conditioning repair cream (I also use this this during the week if I need to moisturize). I could brag about the repair cream all day because of how amazing it really is. Not to mention the wonderful smell! I then rub in some of the curl enhancing smoothie for some luscious curls and go about my business. Whenever I'm not so lazy, I'll put in some two strand twists. That's where the gel comes in handy, as it provides that extra hold and makes my curls last longer. What I love about this gel is that it doesn't make my hair hard and crunchy, and it doesn't flake either. That's pretty much how I do my thing for now, but I'm always open to suggestions from you guys!
Here's my very first picture I posted on my Instagram page (@AshleighEmBlog) sporting my natural hair. Follow me for updates!