My Natural Hair Journey: 2 Months After My Haircut Nearly Ruined My Life

Hello Lovely,

This month makes two years since I big chopped making me officially a naturalista! I was hoping my hair would have been longer by now, but after bleaching it twice, really not understanding much about natural hair (I seriously just found out what TWA stands for about a month ago) and after undergoing to worst, most unexpected haircut back in April, I basically spent two years just to have about 4 inches of hair.

I would like to think that I was strong enough to rock my hair regardless but I was really embarrassed. I about about to meet my future mother-in-law in St. Croix who has really long hair and I didn't want her to think ill of me. Yeah, I was that self-conscious. Also I was going to be on vacation in a foreign country with lots of visits to the beach and I did not want to have to fix my hair so I went with box braids.

It looked great but I really was ashamed the entire time. I ended up leaving the braids in for 6-7 weeks and experienced a lot of breakage when I finally took it out. Which added more feelings of shame so I had my mum flat row the front for me.

Since the haircut, this was honestly the first time I looked at my hair and actually liked it. The style looked great, everyone liked it and it also hid the length because everyone thought it was just shrinkage. But of course, it didn't take long for my hair to dry out and I was back to feeling like nothing would ever work for my hair.

After doing some research, I learned that I had low porosity hair. And being the hypochondriac that I am, I am grateful for every diagnosis I can get because it helps me to come up with a practical solution, rather than sitting in defeat. That's when I came across this amazing Honey & Aloe Hair Treatment that I shared last Friday on the blog. 

Yesterday was my second time trying it. I didn't feel like going outside to cut the aloe plant so I used my aloe vera juice and honey, which I'm sure works the same way. I combine about 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice (because my hair is still shoulder length it doesn't require much) with 1 tablespoon of honey and stir until the honey is completely dissolved. You'll want to pour it over dry hair and really make sure it's fully absorbed into the hair. Then I put on a plastic shower cap and left it on for an hour because I don't apply heat to my hair.

After that I rinsed it out with hot water, then did a final rinse in cold water. From here I allowed my hair to dry 80%, before starting my LCO. For the L, I used coconut milk. In the past my hair has responded really well to coconut milk. My supply is diluted with water and a little bit of aloe vera juice. Then I have to wait for my hair to dry 80% again.

After this, I'll section my hair into relatively small sections and apply my C, Aunt Jackies Seal it Up, Hydrating Sealing Butter and then apply my O, Olive Oil before detangling and styling. I used to use olive oil when I lived in Tampa, so going back to it felt like the right thing to do and I really can't remember why I ever stopped. The first time I did this LCO after the aloe and honey treatment, I was genuinely surprised by how much shine and bounce my hair had. It also lasted about four days before it started to feel dry again, so I think my new regimen will be to do this entire process every 4-5 days, shampooing twice per month.

I'll definitely keep you guys up to date with how this goes for me. I think I've noticed about two inches of growth since the haircut, which I think we can all agree is better than nothing! I can't tell you how many selfies I took yesterday because I was just so happy with my hair! For growth? Who knows. It may have been the tea tree oil, it may have been the lavender essential oil. Maybe even a combination of both. Either way, I'm satisfied!

What has your natural journey been like? Share any tips you may have for others who may be suffering or struggling with low porosity hair!

Friday Favourites: 5 Projects to Try This Weekend

Friday Favourites: 5 Projects to Try This Weekend

Weekends are a great time to catch up on all of those DIY projects you've been eyeing on Pinterest throughout the week. Check out the 5 projects I'm looking forward to trying the most, ranging from jewelry DIYs to beauty DIYs; and find out how you can get featured on the blog next week by simple using a hashtag!

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DIY: Homemade Avocado Deep Hair Conditioner

Yesterday was wash day. And let me admit, that I was so over it well into the first hour!
I never spend an entire day washing my hair. Even after being natural for a year, for some reason I’m still convinced that I can continue washing my hair the same way I did when my hair was permed. But one of my best friends from church, Catina, finally convinced me that I was doing it all wrong and agreed to show me the right way to do it.

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She started by parting my hair into four and detangling (after telling me that I was using the wrong comb). And then, section by section, she washed my hair with my Garnier Fructis Color Protection Shampoo, rinsed then put it back in the hair tie. After that, she went back around and used my Garnier Fructis Length & Strength Conditioner on each section. On the last section, she used my Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural Breakage Defence Conditioner. Catina found that she liked the pantene pro-v conditioner for my hair better so I’ll buy more of that.

Then it was finally time to try my homemade avocado deep conditioning treatment. My hair was brittle dry which was why I put so much emphasis on conditioning. I realised afterwards that I forgot to add the aloe vera juice, so next time, I’ll let you know if I notice a difference. After thirty minutes, we rinsed, section by section and then used my Simply Shea Curl Stretch Cream to braid each section. I loved my results! My hair was so soft! After sealing the moisture with coconut oil, I noticed extra silky smooth hair that I haven’t felt since going to a salon.

The best part? My curl stretch cream costs only $1 from The Dollar Tree!

And since I’ve been natural for a little over a year, it was time for a length check. When I big chopped, I was left with 4 inches of hair and not much stretch, now my hair is only 3 inches shy of the middle of my back! I’m so proud of my growth.

I definitely think it’s due to a mixture of using natural products and protective styling. Now, here’s how I made my homemade deep conditioner and why I chose each ingredient.

DIY: Homemade Avocado Deep Hair Conditioner

Avocados are known to rejuvenate and treat itchy and flaky scalp. They make your scalp smoother by putting in lots of hydration. Conditioning your hair with avocados is one of the best ways to treat and rejuvenate lifeless and lustreless hair and barren scalp. Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor, apply to hair and leave on for 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 fully ripened avocado
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp coconut milk
  • ¼ cup aloe vera juice

About the Ingredients

1. Avocado

It is one of the main ingredients in the recipe and its benefits have been discussed above.

2. Honey

Honey is a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial. Besides, it cleanses scalp and moisturizes it from within to make it soft, smooth, and supple.

3. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is an excellent hair moisturizer even when you don’t mix it with any other organic compound. The coconut milk acts as a natural hair conditioner to give you longer hair and greater volume. Coconut milk can also treat dry scalp. If you have some coconut milk left after the treatment, you can keep it in the refrigerator. The milk will stay fresh for about 2 days. It is, however, recommended that you simply make another bowl of fresh coconut milk for every treatment. If you cannot find fresh coconut fruits, you can use the canned milk as well.

4. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera is calming and soothing in nature for it efficaciously soothes and tones your scalp while making it less sensitive, smooth and less flaky.

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Share your natural hair journey experience in the comment section below or any tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way to maintain healthy natural hair!
XoX,
Olivia