OMG! I got pretty pretty hair!

Hi Everyone

Just wanted to share my hair happiness with you, that understand my joy lol

Ive been without relaxer for about 4 months or so now, maybe slightly more
I have a couple of inches regrowth and still some relaxer on top.
I never took notice of my regrowth before, ive always just relaxed again as soon as that "thick up" feel came around.

Ive stumbled onto a great routine (for me) and now looking at my regrowth, it looks BE-AU-TI-FULLLL, lovely springy curls & shiny, my grandad was cuban (his wife jamaican) and his "cooly" hair influence is now being seen.

I can see my relaxed sisters looking at it wondering what ive done
I cant wait to cut of the limp relaxed ends now but id like a bit more length of natural first.

So heres my routine for anyone that may want to give it a go
...to be done at night.

Wash
Taliah Waajid Black Earth Shampoo - Really nice, lathers well
Taliah Waajid Enhancing Herbal Conditioner - leaves the hair wonderfully soft.

I then towel dry and apply:
Giovanni Direct Leave in Moisture Conditioner - not too much, little goes a long way

Leave the hair to dry off a bit till its only partly dry.

Styling

I cainrow my hair, rather than twists because I find it creates more curl, twists tend to fall out and look straight not long after you've untwisted them.

I part my hair on the side and brush the hair down all the way round my head. You should have a shorter side and a longer side at the front.

Products
Taliah Waajid Curly Cream - Thick and creamy, nice smell, this just makes my curls hold all day long
Sta-Sof-Fro Oil Sheen Comb out conditioner spray for extra dry hair - This is something im finding very hard to let go of mainly because it just makes the hair so SHINY! its not greasy when you touch it, I just love it. The thing missing from all the other products ive tried is that they make the hair look dull once its dry.

I part down on the shorter side first, enough for first plait, apply curly cream to scalp and to the hairline, then some to the hair itself and work through, then I spray some of the oil sheen on it and work through, brush it and cainrow it down.
I do this all the way round (roughly 11-12 cainrows in all)
I tend to do the cainrow slighly smaller on the longside at the front.

Put my scarf on and im done.
Next morning I gently pull the cainrow out with my fingers, my curls are defined, shiney, bouncy, lovely!! ((so happy)) my natural hair regrowth is pretty! nice soft springy curls... I always hated it, now I love it.
I work my hair with my fingers, sometimes I add a thin headband, sometimes not.

Edges

Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel

I add a little to the front all the way across and brush slightly with a toothbrush (jus dont tell my boyfriend lol only joking hunny)

And that is that, I just re-cainrow before bed the next evening (no need for more curly cream) give it a spritz with the oil sheen once cainrowed and scarf on.

Co wash once between washes, wash once a week.

I hope this is help full to someone.

Im thinking of trying Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing smoothie next.
What do you guys think of using Sta-Sof-Fro? is it a definate no no, should I be using something else? Anybody know of something that would give me the same result?

After my BIG CHOP i'll probably do something simular to this
TWA: DEFINING MY CURLS (Requested) - YouTube

Although I would add either the curly cream or shea moisture smoothie as well to the mix. Check out her makeup tips - v.cool.


Soz for the long post, im at home and bored
Yeah!! It's always exciting to find products and routine that bring out the best! Celebrate!
3B, fine, normal to low porosity
Modified CG since June 2010
HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
congrats on your journey! it's a good feeling, right, to look in the mirror and realize that's your natural hair. i don't know when you took you avatar, but i love your hair in that.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
thanks guys, im only at the start but its been positive so far, i thought id have a birds nest to deal with every day lol i grew up hating it and wishing it was like half caste hair, now i look at it and i just love it, wish id done this years ago.

rbb the avtar is of the singer lauryn hill (she embraces her natural hair) i keep meaning to take a pic of my hair for this site.
Lauryn Hill I Get Out (Lauryn Hill exposes the Industry) - YouTube

any other transitioning advice is welcome, is there anything i could be doing or using that im not at the moment? i.e hair steaming, clarifying.. are these important?
Such a great feeling!
Gretchen
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
3A

You are beautiful!
What does cooly mean? Is that a UK term?
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What does cooly mean? Is that a UK term?
Originally Posted by adthomas
Its more a jamaican term to describe those with dark skin but with very soft silky hair, its a term of enderment
Congrats on your progress and finding a good routine. I will admit that I love that Taliah Waajid Curly Cream too..it's great for hold .
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