How long have you been natural/transitioning?
This week will make 1 year and 3 weeks.
If transitioning, what is your process? (short term, long term, trimming as you go, planning to BC, etc.)
I plan to transition for as long as I can, I am a sucker for length so I knew going in that I would do a long transition. I rarely trim my ends, in fact I've switched over to the search and destroy method since I rarely use heat on my hair. So far soo good.
What is your regimen?
During the week I oil my scalp with castor oil/sublimed sulfur/and rosemary oil. Then I moisturize every 3 days with raw shea butter hand mixed with castor oil.
On "wash" day I put seperate my hair in four sections and I mix raw apple cidar vinegar and warm water with a few drops of rosemary oil to pour over my hair scalp.
I let it sit for about two minutes and then I rinse it out. I follow with a deep conditioner, Aubrey Organics Swimmers Normalizing Conditioner, and leave it in my hair with a plastic cap for however long I feel like. It is always no less than an hour, unless I use a heat cap (then its 40 minutes).
Rinse and detangle my hair, either band my hair to stretch the new growth and prevent knots or set my hair in curlformers to blend the textures. When my hair is full dry I moisturize with hand mixed raw shea butter and castor oil and then oil my scalp.
Why did you decide to go natural?
I could not see myself at 60+ going in for touch-ups plus relaxers completely contradicted my vegan healthy lifestyle. It made no sense that I would be so anal about my food, clothes, and etc but then go get a chemical straightner on my hair every 3 months.
What is the hardest part?
TANGLES! During months 5-9 my hair would tangle up really bad! It would take me days to get the knots out and I would lose SO much hair. Luckily my hair is really thick so you can't really tell how much hair I've lost.
What is the easiest part?
The longer my new growth gets the easier it becomes to to deal with the two textures. Once you find your staple products it becomes fun to do your hair again
What products/techniques do you utilize?
I am a VERY simple person. I was never a product junkie and do not plan on becoming one. It took me about a year to find my staple products and now that I have them I don't think I need to try anything else.
My hair arsenal:
Raw apple cidar vinegar
essential rosemary oil
raw shea butter
raw castor oil
aubrey organics swimmers normalizing conditioner (moisture and protein)
What would you say to someone who wants to go natural? (motivations, tips, rules, regrets, praises, etc.)
I have no regrets when it comes to my hair. I am glad I waited until my relaxed hair was semi long so I could do a long transition. The only and most important tip I have is if your hair texture is 3c and up you HAVE to wear your hair in protective styles for the first 10 months. Otherwise your hair will be tangle city after every wash and tangles in 3c+ hair takes FOREVER to comb out.
great protective styles for transitioners:
flexi rod sets