I have a major love-hate relationship with my hair. Sometimes it surprises me with a cute outcome and then other times I just don't want to walk out the door. I've been natural since around May or July last year so my one year natural anniversary is coming up. I've been looking on the internet trying to find others with my hair type and have been very unsuccessful. I can't wear hair puffs too much because my hair likes to stick up. I usually have to put it in twist outs and bantu knots to keep the thing down. Otherwise, I'll end up looking like "Bob" from The Simpsons.
. My self-esteem has been greatly affected by my natural hair. Perhaps, I'm not using the right products or something (the expensive products are out of my budget). I currently use palmers olive oil shampoo (great conditioning shampoo) and aussie conditioner.
After I wash my hair, I can usually pull off not putting leave-in conditioner in it because it is already conditioned and "tamed" with the washing conditioner. Usually after 3-4 days, I'll moisturize it with water, shea butter leave in conditioning repair cream, and seal it in with whatever oil I have hanging around. If I put it in twists outs and bantu knots, I currently style it with the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Lately, I've just been doing no-product flat twist outs.My favorite hairstyles, so far, have been twists, bantu knot outs and flat twist outs with product. I haven't used any heat in my hair so far, other than being under the hair dryer for 5 minutes with an attempted roller set. I also use tea tree oil and coconut oil for my dry scalp. If anyone shares a similar hair type to mine or can offer any advice, it would be greatly appreciated. Also, I'd love to know if anyone has any tips for a more smooth looking hair puff (because my hair likes to stick up as mentioned before) and any tips on how to keep my hair laying down.
The forum won't let me post any pictures or links so I'll try it this way. You can get any idea of how my hair looks at the following link.
Thanks in advance, everyone!