So three months ago, as you may or may not know, I cut off all the hair on my head that was chemically relaxed. That left me with a short, tapered, and curly fro. I was unsure about the look at first, however, I knew it was a step in the direction of being able to enjoy my natural curls.
Since the chop, I’ve been keeping a very low maintenance hair routine (depending on what you call low maintenance). I shampoo and condition my tresses for 45-60 minutes every 7-10 days and keep it in braids underneath my wig.
The wig that I’m currently wearing I made with two 18-inch bundles, a 16-inch bundle, and a 14-inch closure.
I wear it on a regular basis because it has the texture of what natural hair would feel like if it was blow dried and maybe flat ironed, which is why people always stop and ask “Wow! Your hair is so long! Is it all yours?”. That’s when I have to let dreadfully let them down and tell them the truth. Why not just tell them it is my hair? Because why lie? That way, I can also promote myself as a wig maker :]
Here are some updated pics:
This was after I took my cornrows out. AKA a braid out
I’ve noticed some length between when I cut my hair and now. It’s literally not even an inch but it’s growth !
You know I had to throw a little filter on there.
I could always use some hair inspo, so if you have encouraging words drop them in the comments below !
This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Beautifully Bold, an event presented by CORE Magazine. Geared towards young girls, this event covered the do’s and do not’s of skin care, health, makeup, nails, and hair with a full panel of experts. I took over their Instagram account for the day to cover the event via live video and spoke to some of the panelists and influencers one on one about my own beauty needs.
There were sooooo many amazing things I learned from all of the experts, so I’ve complied a list below of the top ten things we covered that day. Some of these tips we already knew but needed to be emphasized again.
- Your eyebrows are NOT twins, they are sisters.
- There is no such thing as conditioning too much.
- If you are worried about the amount of acne building up on your face, cut out dairy for a week.
- Contrary to popular belief, EVERYONE should use sunscreen no matter how old you are or how much melanin you have. It is the best anti-aging cream!
- Putting gel on your nails can be a healthy way for them to grow, however, if not properly cared for, it can have a negative effect.
- The best time of the year to straighten your hair is in the winter. No humidity, no frizz.
- Never, EVER fill in your eyebrows with black.
- You have to properly prep your skin before putting on your makeup everyday.
- Co-washing is like rinsing with water and conditioning. It isn’t totally necessary to buy one, but doesn’t hurt either.
- Everyone has a different beauty routine that works for them. Don’t knock your own routine because someone is doing something different than you.
The Beautifully Bold event ended with a quick makeup tutorial showing how to do a fresh face for an everyday look and some giveaways. We also received a goodie bag full of hair products which I will post about soon!
Peep some pics below …
Unarthodox | Chelsea, NY
(From Left to Right)
Nail Artist: Melissa (works at The Nail Suite where Yoncé gets her nails done)
Skincare Expert: Seven Brown (owner of Harlem Skin and Laser)
Hair Care Experts: Monique & Yessenia (creators of the hair care line Curls)
Makeup Artist: Shani
Nutritionist: Michelle Maldonado
The lovely ladies that attended the event 🙂
A little fresh face tutorial
…aaaaaand a quick flick of the founders of CORE Magazine ❤
Peace & Love
Lord give me strength….
I’m so proud of myself right now. I have been so successful in my transition to natural hair so far. The only thing that has been bothering me is the fact that I haven’t been able to notice my natural curl pattern yet. Luckily, I am coming close to the point where I am ready to chop off the relaxed ends of my hair! Im so nervous!!
During this transition, I have been wearing wigs, as you know, and they have really been seeing me through. I have four in total but I only really wear three of them on the regular. I think I’ll do a blog post about them in the near future showing each wig and how I make them.
I also just bought some edge control because I really miss having my edges laid. When I got relaxers, I didn’t really need edge control. Now, I need it more than ever and this stuff right here!!!!……Boy this stuff is good.
$5 | Walmart
I took a tooth brush and had them laying like a winding road. #Slayed
I am 22 weeks relaxer free and I think I am officially transitioning (I say “I think” because I truly miss my edges being laid). I notice my hair grows a lot faster and it is extremely thick (obviously). I can see the barrier where my new growth and relaxed hair meet. I’ve been doing my research trying to learn how to keep my new growth healthy and slowly say goodbye to my relaxed ends. My most watched list on YouTube consists of transition videos and protective hairstyles.
I’m still wearing my kinky straight wig which makes the transition easier for me. It’s wash day that takes a toll on my life ! I’ll do a post about the products I am using in this transition to becoming a Naturalista soon!
As always Peace, Love , & Coconut Oil