Enough was enough! Seriously, it was time for me to regroup and get my fro under control lol. Weeks of trying new products which in some cases caused out of control frizz, poof, crunch, and dryness, had to come to an end! So what did I do? Yesterday, I decided to deep condition my hair FOR REAL! I threw what seem like everything but the kitchen sink, in my fro lol! First, I did a hot oil treatment, which I believe would be my second one since being natural. I warmed in the microwave for a few seconds, olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil (which I don't use on my hair lol but it's really good for the hair and skin so I was like why not.) I skipped the peppermint oil and castor oil this time because my scalp was fine but it was my hair that needed the attention. I lightly spritzed my hair with water to plump it up a little and applied the warm oil all over my fro and sat under a plastic cap for about 25 minutes.
I rinsed it out and quickly co-washed my hair with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner.
( I seriously needed moisture as the gels I have been messing with and the hot air made my hair feel dry.) After that, I decided to do an ACV rinse! (Yup I was goin' in ya'll!) I was playing NO games! For the rinse, I used 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. I applied the rinse to my wet hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes. I then rinsed my hair again and did a final cowash with Giovanni. (I'm always a little cautious when it comes to vinegar lol.)
To end my Fro Recovery Session, I decided to do a true wash and go with no shingling or gel and let my hair do what it has been trying to do for weeks...SHRINK! I used olive oil, avocado butter, and Giovanni Smooth As Silk conditioner.
I am soo shocked at how soft my full shrinkage is! My tiny coils were visible and everything! There is even some shine from the oil/ butter I'm guessing :) I'm in disbelief because usually I have trouble wearing my hair fully shrunken... but not this time! I love it and I enjoyed rocking my super tight fro today. My hair shrank to about 1 1/2 inches from my head lol!!! But it felt and looked amazing. You know what? I'm gonna be embracing my tight fro more often because there are definitely times where I don't feel like twisting my hair...especially since my twistouts have been failing lol.
( BTW, after all this, I'm totally thinking about doing more oil rinses in my regimen (especially if I'm going to be adding true wash and go's in the mix) I'm also going to look into more ACV vinegar rinses because it literally helped get my fro back in line. )
After posting my 16 1/2 month post relaxer/ 101/2 month natural length check, I have gotten lots of questions concerning whether or not I'm going to be using direct heat on my hair to see exactly how long it is. I love seeing how much progress my hair has made over the past almost year and a half but i don't plan on using direct heat just yet :) Here's why:
1. My hair is REALLY fine! I've always had fine strands growing up, and I need to take care not to cause any unesesary damage. My hair is a lot stronger now that it is no longer relaxed, but it's still pretty fragile. (Especially in the back nape area! I have a really sensitive area there that is much finer than the rest of my head lol. I once had a gap in the back when I was relaxed and I'm not sure if it would still be there if I fully straighten it :(
2. Another reason why I'm staying away from direct heat right now is the fact that my hair tends to revert a lot! This was one of my biggest issues growing up and trying to wear my hair straight. It would never stay straight for long and almost immediately started shrinking after being styled. So right now, I don't want to go through the steps to blowout my hair and straighten it only for it not to last. :)
3. Last, I had a TON of heat damage for over 15 years! I'm am not trying to go through that again for a moment with straight hair lol. I'm not really concerned about heat damage from blow dryers on lower settings as much as I am the flat iron... but I prefer to air dry my hair.
My plan right now, is to play around with styling my hair dry and wearing some stretched styles more often. I'm curious to see if this will help me control some of the single strands knots that I tend to have. Also, since I've never been big on the defined" look on my fro, and prefer more of an as is fluff lol, I tend to enjoy the way my drier styles come out. My Day 1 wet twistout is one of my least favorite ways to wear my hair because its usually really tight and defined. I tend to prefer Day 2 and Day 3 if I'm wearing a wet twistout.
I will be looking into ways to get my hair to dry faster on my wash days so I can dry twist or dry braid my hair for extra stretch. Some options I'm thinking about include : letting it air dry naturally and shrink down for a couple hours, put it in chunky twists, braids, clips, or bands and let it dry for a couple hours, sitting under the dryer for a little bit, using a blow dryer on a low setting to dry my hair some... We'll see!
(BTW, since me and Ty will be working out more often I may have to cowash my hair A LOT! Like daily??? I dunno! That may mean more stretched wash and go's because I really don't want to do that much twisting lol. It's going to be getting interesting with my fro :D)
Being on a hair journey usually means you are interested in trying to grow a head full of long healthy hair. So it's very easy to get caught up on how fast or how slow your hair is growing, instead of how healthy it is. I have been there sooo many times! My hair would be lengthy but in horrible shape ugh... However, this time, I'm going to really try focusing on what my hair needs and what I want from my hair! (Sometimes, Ms. Fro and I are going to have to compromise! lol) I am now 16 1/2 months post relaxer (10 1/2 months natural) and I have been very pleased with the growth of my hair. I know that it's growing... I just have to keep it from breaking off of my head lol. Length will come in time..but having patience is what I'm going to need to be successful during my hair journey.
Height and body frame
When you look at other people, and use them as guides as to how fast you hair should be growing, it can be confusing. I used to find myself asking, "How can she have bra strap length hair already and we started our journey around the same time???" I was unaware that some of the people I used as guides were way shorter than me with shorter necks and torsos etc than me :) (I'm 5'7 1/2 with a long neck, and short torso btw lol) 12 inches of hair will not hit the same body points on everyone. Once I realized this, I felt a lot better LOL.
Remember that hair grows on average about a 1/2 inch, more or less, a month :) This varies from person to person. Also, things like genetics, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor regimen, and over all health can affect hair growth. It's soo important to take care of our bodies from the inside out. Just try to enjoy each stage your hair is in.
Check out, Length Check -10 1/2 Months Natural (16 1/2 months post relaxer) - NaturalMe4C on YouTube!
My summer plans are basically unknown lol! I have no idea what I'm going to do with my hair this summer since it will be my first full summer rockin' my natural fro :D So far, my hair has been reverting like crazy! No matter what I've tried....the humidity just turn my fro into a poof. So I'm froin' an goin more often than not lol. And its all good! As long as my fro is moisturized, it should still be able to thrive and reap the benefits of the humidity.
Since I've been playing around with Shea Moisture and still love the Coconut and Hibiscus line, I'm going to be trying different combos of the products I own along with them....even some of the ones I really don't like lol, to see if I can get a a little hold. I want to try using what I have before venturing out. (I'll be busting out the hug jar of Eco styler once again! Who knows, it may combat some of the humidity since it's soo strong!)
This summer, I'm just going to enjoy my hair. I'm pretty close to being 1 year natural and I've loved this journey! Even though my recent hard work of twisting and braiding have gone up in "poofs" and puffs, I'm going to try not to get frustrated and keep moving forward until I achieve the results I'm looking for :)
What are you'r
It's normal to shed 50-100 hairs a day. More or less depending on the amount of hair you have and what is normal for your body :) You can tell if a hair is shed rather than broken if there is a white bulb on the end of it. Usually, shed hairs are about the length of your hair. Although shedding is healthy and normal for everyone, excessive shedding is something that can turn into a pretty big problem if it goes untreated. Thinning hair, bald patches, and large clumps of hair fall are signs that action needs to take place.
Possible causes of Excess Shedding
* Poor Diet (not eating enough fruits and veggies)
* Not drinking enough water
* High Stress (Count to 5 lol!)
* Hormone fluctuations ( low iron, postpartum shedding, thyroid, blood pressure)
* Medications (Some medicines have hair loss as side effects :( )
* Chemical damage (Relaxers and hair color can cause excessive shedding)
Things that can help minimize Excess Shedding
* Low Stress
* Healthier eating choices
* Staying hydrated
* Black tea rinse
* Garlic treatments (Supplements, shampoos and conditioners)
*Scalp massages help stimulate blood flow to promote growth (Castor oil is a great oils for scalp massages :D )
* Low tension styles/ Less combing and brushing (This way you won't remove hair that isn't ready to be shed yet lol)
*Take your vitamins :)
Check out, Shedding & Breakage (Hair Talk)- NaturalMe4C
It has almost been 9 months since I did my big chop and I have learned soo much about my fro thus far! There has been lots of trial and error during my journey, but I have honestly enjoyed learning my hair. I'm still learning lol! Here are some things that have helped me get though my journey so far...
1. My hair is going to shrink :)
I have learned that there is nothing wrong with having hair that shrinks . It's easier for me to learn how to style my hair in it's semi shrunken state rather than try to keep it fully stretched at all times lol. That is a battle I will lose because I don't have the patience to constantly re-braid or re-twist my hair all the time lol. The nature of my hair is to shrink lol. It is what it is!
2. My hair does not have a high shine to it naturally.
This was something I quickly realized early on during my journey. I can spray, mist ,oil, lotion up, and mist some more and my fro will not have a high shine to it lol. (More so when my hair is in an afro state or shrunken state.) I've learned that my hair is healthy because it holds it moisture and requires little product to retain it's moisture. It's not shedding or breaking excessively. It also has been retaining it's shape from the styles I do alot better than before :)
( I now understand that my hair is the shiniest with a day 1 twistout or braidout....once my hair starts to shrink up and change back into its afro form, it doesn't 'appear as shiny :) )
3. My hair needs to be moisturized or else!!!
If my hair is not properly moisturized, bad things happen lol. It won't act right, it won't look right, and it would break off hands down! Both the Curly Girl method and the LOC method help keep my fro super moisturized.
4. My fro doesn't like to be over manipulated.
I have been trying to make sure that I keep the tension very low on my hair. I rarely use combs to style and detangle my hair lol. My fingers do all the work 99% of the time :) (I even find that when I use combs during styling, my coils don't stay in tact...I then have to work harder to recreate the coils I had before using the comb lol! )
5. My hair is going to cause some kind of attention not matter what lol.
There have been frequent stares upward when I'm out shopping or talking to people out and about lol. I don't mind because I know that it can be a rare sight at times to see my hair type :) So when this happens, I tend to smile at the person and keep it movin' with my held held up :) I love my fro and I feel confident rockin' it!
6. My hair grows :)
I used to think that it would take forever for me to reach certain lengths with my tresses, but it turns out that my hair grows at a pretty decent rate! The fact that my hair is up and off my shoulders(because of its shrinkage allows my hair to avoid getting snagged on my purse straps and clothes. Along with that, when my hair is semi shrunken, it doesn't move very much lol, so things like wind is unable to cause extra tangles and knots.
7. My hair is not hard to manage.
I used to think that if i had 4C hair, I was sure to have TONS of problems with everything! That is definitely not the case for me :) As long as my hair is moisturized, we have a great relationship lol. My wash days (not including me air drying over night lol) have been taking about an hour and a half. This includes, detangling, cowashing and setting. (If I'm froin' and going it takes less time.) As far as daily styling...it's a breeze because I refresh with shower steam. This lifts and plumps my hair back up from the smushed bedhead that I get every night. After that, all I do is fluff and position my hair which usually takes under 10 minutes.
8. My hair is unique to me :)
I love the fact that my hair looks different every single day! It forces me not to get stuck in a rut lol. I try not to get frustrated when my hair is doing its own thing or doesn't come out quite the way I want it to :) No two twistouts, braidouts, wash & go's, or wash & fro's are the same lol! God has blessed us all with unique textures and characteristics that match who we are. It's soo awesome.
9 months natural is around the corner! Have a blessed day!!!
Check out my YouTube video, Things I've Learned About My Fro (Hair Talk)- NaturalMe4C
Good Morning! I received lots of awesome questions from our Q & A Your Input video awhile back, so I was excited to share my answers on YouTube today :)
Check out the video,Kriss Answers Your Questions - (Transitioning, Big Chop, Diet, Exercise)- NaturalMe4C on YouTube :)
I hope you enjoy it!
Here are the questions I answered today:
Why did I go natural?
Why did I choose to big chop instead of transition?
What were my emotions during my transition and big chop?
Have I have been criticized for my hair type?
How do I handle criticism?
Do I have any length goals for my fro?
Will I ever straighten my hair?
Will I ever color my hair?
Do I trim my own hair?
How often do I cowash my hair?
What is my diet?
Do I exercise?
Have I ever worn braces?
I really enjoyed answering all of these questions :D Thank you all soo much for everything! Have a blessed day!!!
Alright, do not laugh! I have been sleeping with my skirt slip over my fro for the past week lol! Yes!!! Sounds crazy right? Okay, so let me explain what's be my bonnet is not real satin it is actually only satin like. In fact, most scarves and bonnets that are sold in stores like Walmart or beauty supply store are polyester, nylon,and rayon blends :) I don't mind using these materials as long as they don't dry out my fro. My bonnet and scarf hasn't cause any dryness so that's why I have been using them :) However, as my hair grows out, it is also growing up! LOL Unfortunately, my bonnet is now raising up on my head and rubbing against my edges which is a no go for me.
I've been thinking about ordering a new bonnet, one made of silk or a better satin, but honestly, I don't feel like spending money on one just yet lol. I needed an alternative to protect my fro at night. That's where the idea of trying my skirt slip came in lol! My slip feels almost identical to my bonnet and scarf. The one I've been trying out is made of nylon but its not dry and draggy like a stocking lol. It's actually very smooth :) I have several slips and they are all different materials (poly blends, nylon, rayon etc.)
I have to admit I was nervous at first trying the slip out, but I'm soo glad I did! My hair has been soo much more moisturized :) So much so, that I have been going days with out having to add really anything to my fro. My styles have been holding up awesome as well and I have been getting about 4-5 days out of my styles without re- twisting. There has been no breakage, snagging, or extra frizzing either! I'm lovin the slip! So, for now, I will be using my slip along with my satin pillow case (which is on its last leg), to protect my fro at night until I decide whether or not I want to order a new bonnet :) I'm not in a rush though! Have a great day!
I finger detangled my fro in sections and twisted my hair in preparation for co washing :) I collected the hairs that fell to the floor and sink :) (Sorry I know this is gross, but I hope it helps lol!)
After I applied all of my leave ins, I removed my messy twists, smoothed everything through, and retwisted my fro in medium sized twists in preparation for a twistout for tomorrow. This is the rest of the hairs I lost :)
2012 Hair Events
The beginning of my transition to natural
First major haircut towards going natural
Last time I wore my hair straight
August 5 , 2012-
My big chop day
2013 Hair Resolutions
1. Keep things simple
I want to continue having a simple and easy regimin. I don't want to make things complicated! LOL I also don't want to spend a lot of money on products. :)
2. There is no such thing as a bad hair day in 2013!
This year, I want to not stress about what my hair looks like. Even if styles don't come out right! LOL Having confidence is what matters. :)
3. "Health" over "Length"
I used to focus so much of my time on reaching length goals... but my hair health suffered. This year, I'm concentating on the health of my hair and not so much the length of it.
4.Enjoy trying new hairstyles
I want to start trying new things with my hair. This is the first time I've been natural in about 15 years so I have a lot to look forward to! I'm just going to have fun and start styling! LOL
5. Enjoy the journey!
This year, I really want to enjoy my hair journey. I don't want to stress out about things. I don't want to worry about things either. I'm really going to just take each day one step at a time :)
Crystal aka Kriss
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