So it has been 19 months since I embarked on this natural hair journey, and a journey it has been! I got my last relaxer on October 7, 2015, and since then I have been growing out my natural curls and trying my best to give my hair the best care. But of course you will run into a few snags here and there, but that’s why it’s called a journey thus you will have a few learning experiences along the way. I big chopped on April 22, 2016 with only 3 inches of hair , and can I tell you it was a shock to my system to have practically no hair (I had bra-strap hair relaxed hair previous to the big chop). [Read more…]
Back when I hit my 1 year afro-versary in October 2016 I was excited to see how far my hair had come in that period of time because during the first year of my journey I wore protective styles 95% of the time. I stuck to protective styling mostly because my hair was very short and it took forever to get it in an acceptable style to wear to work. I retained 6 inches of hair in most parts of my head (the front grows slower than the rest), so I can say that protective styling worked very well for me. But while rocking my styles I ensured that my natural hair was cared for properly and consistently underneath the braids in order to prevent dryness and breakage. It is important to know how to prep your hair for protective styling, how to care for it while wearing a style, and how to properly remove your style to minimize damage. [Read more…]
Dryness is not a permanent condition of the hair but a temporary state of being. There are certain periods in my hair journey where my curls become super dry such as wearing a protective style entirely too long, not moisturizing my hair enough while wearing a protective style, or simply when I forget to mist my hair with water. But when I do get back on my moisturizing game my hair feels great again, so that goes to show that no individual’s hair is naturally permanently dry (unless it’s damaged by color treatments, a disease or other chemical damage). The key to moisture retention is to be consistent with moisturizing the hair properly, and to do it faithfully according to your hair’s need (daily, every 2 days etc). [Read more…]
Hair loss, especially thinning edges, is probably one of the most devastating things that a naturalista could experience on her hair journey! Can you imagine spending countless hours caring for your curls just to end up with a hair loss/thinning edges setback? The unfortunate thing is that many afro-textured hair women deal with this very common problem, but the good news is there are things that you can do to prevent hair loss and also a few things that can help to regrow the hair. But hey prevention is always better than cure. [Read more…]
Hey my loves, welcome to another episode in the Natural Hair Spotlight series! This week’s natural hair feature is my fun and passionate training partner (track and field) Brigetta Barret. She is the silver medalist in the high jump at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and she’s passionate about Christ and helping others around her. Here’s her natural hair story!
- Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Brigetta Barrett. I am a Track and Field athlete that specializes in the High Jump. I am originally from New York. I love Jesus and watching other people fall in love with Him. [Read more…]
I was on a natural hair forum the other day, and the question ‘what’s your biggest frustration regarding your natural hair’ was asked. There were many responses which included one or two that I could relate to, but surprisingly the top response was ‘shrinkage’. While I understand that shrinkage can lead to tangles and knots (if the hair is left to its own free will), I was surprise that many hated shrinkage simply because it made their hair appear shorter than it actually was. Actually some of the most viewed articles and videos are related to stretching the hair because many believe that their hair isn’t growing due to the high level of shrinkage that they experience. I totally get that you want to show off your length, but I’m going to share with you why you should love and embrace your shrinkage. [Read more…]
Utilizing a long-term protective style is great for length retention, but we all know that if our natural hair isn’t cared for underneath then there will be dryness and breakage. While focusing on moisturizing and caring for our hair beneath our styles is great, making sure that our hair is prepared to be placed in said style is of equal importance. When the hair is in a fixed style for a long period of time, it goes through a series of changes such as increased tension, dryness (from lack of frequent deep conditioning), shedding, etc. Therefore making sure that the hair is at its healthiest will prevent a myriad of damage when the style is removed. [Read more…]
- Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello, my name is Jaz, I’m a license Benefit Advisor (Medicare), and I’m from Dallas, Texas. I’m 36 years old, and my favorite color is purple.
2. How long have you been natural?
I’m currently transitioning and my last relaxer was October 2016. [Read more…]
Growing up in Jamaica has its perks, but the best one of all for me was being able to walk to my backyard and pick any fresh fruit (I had quite a bit of fruit trees) of my choosing. One of the things that I miss most about my homeland is being able to grow, cook, and use my very own produce. Among my various choices of fruits and veggies was the guava fruit, and can I tell you it is delicious. But I didn’t come here to tell you about how great my life was, so let’s get to it! [Read more…]
Healthy natural hair, like many things in life, comes at a price! You have to be mindful of what you put on your curls because things like heat, products with harmful ingredients, and chemicals can wreak havoc on your hair. One of the things that can be most frustrating is when you are doing all that you can to maintain your hair, but when it’s all said and done your hair just breaks off. This cycle of breakage convinces a lot of women that they are unable to grow long and healthy hair, and that only women with a certain hair type or texture can actually achieve waist length hair. This is of course not true, but it takes some type of ‘hair discipline’ to ensure that you’re providing everything that your curls require. [Read more…]