So if you've read my intro, you know I'm been transitioning for almost 5 months. I did this using braid extensions and as of late curly hairstyles.
I want to start this first blog off by explaining why I choose to name the blog "Something Old and Something New." It comes from the fact that transitioning into natural hair is a new experience for me but I have seen many women in my family transition and become natural. All three of my sisters were long into their transitions before I even decided and one of them has been natural since late 2007 after big chopping. Hair has become something of an obsession amongst us and something we enjoy talking about.
In the past I never really paid attention to my hair and started researching everything about hair care around the same time I began transitioning. Ive been using braids since I was two and relaxers since I was five so I've never had a chance to see my hair in its natural state (I just turned 19 in March). In all honesty, I didn't officially decide to go natural and transition until late April 2013 when I took out my braids and got a chance to inspect my natural hair and realize I liked my curls and how springy and coily they are. Until then, I was gonna do a major stretch on my relaxer but I got a chance to really appreciate the curls, I decided I wanted to keep them.
However, until I get the courage to big chop (BC), I just going to use braid extensions as my long term transition style as a way to prevent breakage and twist outs when my hair needs a break for the braids.
I guess I'll just talk about products I like to use at this point of my transition... Right now I really love coconut oil. It's my go-to oil and I love how it moisturizes my hair. The next one is castor oil. I enjoy the thickness of it and that coupled with the coconut oil really moisturizes my scalp especially when my hair in braids. I also love Cantu's Shea Butter leave-in conditioner. It makes my hair feel so soft and my ends feel nourished and healthy.
Another product I enjoy is Dr. Bronner's Castille soap with peppermint oil. I use it as a clarifying shampoo and it leaves my hair feeling clean, my scalp with a tingling sensation I enjoy and I love the smell of the peppermint oil. Another is Suave's Shea Butter and Almond conditioner because it's really thick, cheap, and has no mineral oil or petroleum. I use it when I pre-poo and usually when I deep condition. My new favorite is water since I just realized water=moisture lol.
I'm really new at this so any advice on topics and what to talk about is appreciated :)
Thank you for reading and God Bless.
Something Old But Something New
Hello everyone. My name is Alana Smith and I'm an undergraduate at Florida A&M University. Last Relaxer:12/17/13
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