Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Journey Continues-Two weeks all natural

Hello everyone and happy Saturday! Well, it's been two weeks (this coming Monday, July 18) since my natural hair journey began and I am very pleased so far.  At first, when I cut the perm out of my hair, it was still bone straight.  Needless to say, I began to panic, thinking that I'd lost my natural wavy hair pattern.  But, true to form, it only took two weeks before the natural curl pattern returned.  I can already tell the difference in my hair.  There's really not much to do with it. I co-wash it with my cholesterol conditioner and then I moisturize with Motions Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion, or Softsheen-Carson's OPTIMUM Oil Therapy.  These are the products I have at my disposal right now. 

I have done quite a bit of research since I decided to go natural and am pretty much running on product overload.  There are so many products out there for natural hair, I had no idea of the vastness of variety.  Many of the women I've seen on YouTube make their own mixtures and some have even turned their homemade concoctions into a business.  I say, good for them!  But I'm a little overwhelmed right now with the huge amount of choices in haircare products so, I've decided to narrow my initial purchases down to a few choice oils and unrefined Shea butter.  I'll probably go to Whole Foods Market to make my purchases to get more for my money.

My wish list is as follows:

Unrefined Shea Butter
Pure Coconut Oil
EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Caster Oil (Yaaay, I'd much rather put it on my hair than to ingest it like I did as a child--yuck!)
Sweet Almond Oil

 and some others that I can't recall at this very moment.

All in all, I'm pretty excited about my journey and where it's going to take me.  There are a few Natural hair vloggers that I've been keeping up with for advice: NikkiMae a/k/a Natural Chica, Naptural85, and Naturalista Cosmetics. Natural Chica and Naptural85 have me going through some serious hair envy right now! LOL! So I'm going to have to put my patience in overdrive and watch my hair grow out healthy and strong over time.

Well, you all, that's all for now.  Have a great day and keep writing!


Monday, July 4, 2011

My Natural Journey Begins

Hello everyone.  I know it's been ages since I've updated this blog.  It's been very distracting in my life for quite some time now, but things, I'm sure, are about to change.  Anyway, I thought this would be the perfect forum for me to document the reinvention of "myself."

I've been very inspired lately by the growing natural hair movement. As a result,  I've done quite a bit of research on methods and products to ensure a healthy transition from relaxed hair back to the God-given status. I've been wanting to go natural for quite some time, but I always seem to get stuck at the in-between stage which prompts me to give up and go with a relaxer yet again.  However, with the help of natural hair blogs and YouTube tutorials, I feel  that I can make the transition much easier and with a much higher level of self-confidence.

I've cut my hair down to the fresh growth and I am looking forward to documenting my transition with you all. My hair is not the only part of me that is undergoing a renovation.  As my hair starts to get bigger, I'm working to make my body grow more fit and healthy by losing the excess weight.  I've struggled with my weight since my pre-adolescence days and at 53, it has become increasingly more difficult to shed the unwanted pounds.  But I'm determined this year to do what I know needs to be done.  I've started eating much better, decreased my portions and I've also started an exercise regimen.

So today begins my natural hair journey and my self-improvement endeavor.  I hope you all will stick with me and that my progress will be an inspiration to those of you who want to reinvent themselves as well.

Stay strong and keep writing.
THE BEGINNING: Me in my TWA (teeny weeny afro)
Monday, July 4, 2011
Happy 4th of July all!