Showing posts with label My Transition journey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label My Transition journey. Show all posts

3 Years Length Photos

These were taken from September, but i was too busy to even get around posting them . I wanted to flat iron but it was too much for me so it was just blown out . I will need a professional to do it for me I December or so .

Transition Pics update

These were taken this month ( webcam)  , sometimes last week . I am almost at the 3 years mark , ill attempt to flat iron my hair sometime next month . 

Transition 35 month

You can check out my other transition posts  because I will soon be fully natural and the new journey will begins :) . 

Lots of compliments towards my hair

Everywhere I go these days my hair gets a lot of positive attention . Last week was just amazing since more than one ladies stop me and ask me what I do to my hair and how can they do it . This particular girl was saying she wants to go natural but she she is afraid to big chop , I told her to transition thats what I did and still doing util September . I was thrill to just sit with her and introduce her to some of my favorite products .

It is so nice to be getting all the positive reaction , it shows that we are really growing as a people .

OMG its almost 3 years already

I wish I had some photos to show you have my progress but my computer system was fried and I lost all my pictures :( . I made no back up and now I have no pictures to show throughout my absent . I am back now as I am more settle into things .

I will make it up to you by putting together some pictures and more tips for the summer . I will try to make the tips available this week .

It will be 3 years September since i started my transition , I have come so far and i am just at a wow right now .

If your thinking of transitioning you are in a good place to start , also it may seems long but time will just flew by like that .

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First flat iron failed

Since I started my transition I have never flat iron my hair .So my hair was ore unruly than I though lol.  This is what I did :

I wash my hair
I then let it air dry until it was aleast 70%
I used olive oil as my heat protectant

This ia a real bad quality webcam picture .

31 months post relaxer

Its been a while since I did a personal update well, I am now 2 years and 7 months post relaxer and still going strong. I mention in most of my hair update that I am going for the 3 year mark and I am so close now, hooray!! .

What I have found out about my hair is that is getting more and more define as it grew . I think it could do with the fact that it's hanging more and most my products are natural.

Ok, so what I have been using since my last update?

Well, I have been only been using conditioner the tresemme natural, Vo5 conditioner,  ecostyler gel and a mixture of natural oils.

I find that I don't really need anything else and my hair is always well moisturized. I am surprised I could only use the little product and my hair is reacting so well to the little products .

My current routine

I co-wash once a week
Used conditioner and then apply oil and that is it

I do this once or twice a week depending on my hairstyle

Transition update #4

I really wish I could update this with some pics but have no access to my camera with those right now . If its your first time reading my blog , I have been transitioning for 2 years and 2 months now . My natural hair is really taking over  now  and its always in a stretch  state so I can really see the length .

I mention in a previous post that I would like to start the curly girl method but I am really busy and have not got around to getting those new products yet . I am still hoping that I will get a chance to seek them out and receive them by this month end and be able to do some review December to early January .

I have over 12 inches of natural hair growth and about 7-8 inches of relax hair to go , except for my bangs which only have about 4 inches or less . I still have not flat iron my hair but I definitely will sometime this month . I want to go for 3 years but I may cut my hair in May instead .

How is your journey going ?

You can see my previous update here Transition to natural hair update #3

Adding some change to my hair regimen

I am planning to make some change to my product staple , I will be trying out new products for the next six months. I am thinking of trying out the curly girl method are at least partially .

There are lots of silicone , sulfate free shampoo  and those other ingredients , like mineral oil etc .  Ill have to make all my purchase online since I cant find them so far at my local store .I want to try this shampoo

Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo

My go 2 bun

I am not a fan of bun! especially neat bun, I like my hair bun to look messy or like its tucked under in a messy kind of way .

On these two pics below I used a clip to hold it in place , messy but still in place . The pic on the left I did give it more length to give it a pony tail impression and the other one I tuck it much more under to be sure none of my hair was touching my skin making it a more bun effect . Trying to find protective style that I like that match my personality . These two were old braid out .

Today I did another mini trim

Today I did another trim of about 2 inches . I am now 20 months post relax (hooray ) , my natural hair is crazy long and thick .  I was originally planning to go for two year transition time but since my relax hair is still pretty long (longer that my natural hair) I may go to three years without chopping just small trims until I am there .

My Blog one year anniversary + Introduction

This is my blog one year anniversary so I am giving you a proper introduction to my transition journey . 

Are you currently relax ?

I am transitioning , I plan on being a long term transition because I understand how to take care of my hair , and patient is key . In the beginning I would get  impatient and want to relax , and be back in my comfort zone .  To keep going I look at my natural hair and how beautiful it is and that's all I need and maybe watch some more YouTube videos  .

Why are you Transitioning 

I have thick  long hair all my life but I did not get to experiment with my natural hair as much. I have been relax and one part of me feel I have mastered it  !! I want to go back to the beginning LOL ..

How did you start your transition ?

Started of with me being impulsive , so after watching some videos on youtube videos by mistake I was inspired to try some thing new I wanted to play around with my natural hair because it look so much fun and I wanted to try out new products .  After seeing my new growth I was like " where have you been "  .

How Far is Your Transition now

I am 16 to 17 months post relaxer and I am not going to do the big chop. I will just do mini trims every 3 months. Short Hair would not work for me at all .

Do you wear protective styling ? 

No , Moisturizing my hair is enough . I love showing off my hair so I wont grow it just to hide it .

What are your Transition Styles :

I do Pony tail , braid out , Bantu knot outs are my favorites and pretty much all I do :)

What is the length of your hair and Type ?

I am  MBL , type 4 hair , soft , frizzy and curly (images )

What is your current Regimen ?

My regiment is currently for Relax and transition Regimen

What is your night time Routine ?

I want to think I have one but I dont really stick to things like those religiously.   I do my hair in one/two big braid and go to sleep . I sleep on silk pillow case because I am too tired to do anything else to my hair , so unless I have a style I want to keep for couple days that's all I do . I know curly style need more work so ill redo them at nigh in larger size .

I dont sleep with wet hair  .

Relax Hair Vs Natural Texture 

My natural hair is a lot thicker than my relax hair because it is curly so I cant just simple brush it back and be done , I have to used water are creamy moisturizer each time I want it to pull it back in place . My relax hair was so much easier to wash on wash days it was tangle free , my natural hair on the other hand I have to be patient to avoid snapping tangles made . These days I have little problem with tangles but it was not so when I just started .

How do you maintain your hair length? 

I keep my hair from being dehydrated , by using my creamy moisturizer/water, and then seal with one of my favorite oil . I try not to let my hair get dry and brittle . I don't used excess heat since I started to transition, only my hooded dryer whenever I deep condition my hair .

I do Low manipulation hairstyles , Proper nutrition .

I moisturize and seal my hair according to its need , so maybe once are twice a week all depend on certain elements . I do this only on wash and co-wash days . I have no strict ways of doing things never have, never will .  Just always do whatever works for you .

What is Your Hair Goal

Be fully natural !! I want to just enjoy my natural hair

Do you use Grease ?

I normally do , I have no problem with it but since my hair is less frizzy now I have no need for it .  It weight down my hair and prevent fly away and also act as a sealer but natural oils are a healthier choice . For 2013 I will not be using it , but its not a bad product to use every once in a while .

Next month will be another update of my  transition update where I will show a lot of before the transition pictures .

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My 2013 Protein treatment Attempt

Its been a year ( maybe almost) since my last failed protein treatment , my hair was left feeling hard and tangled . I felt I may have left it on my hair for way too long so I make a few changes to match my hair type .

I used my homemade protein mix , this time I let it sit for no longer than 20 minutes , with shower cap without heat .

Wash my hairt with the V05 Moisture Milks twice

Valentine's Day Inspired Bantu Knot Out Curly Hairstyle

This Bantu Knot Out is done on my transition hair . Great Valentine hairstyles , soft bouncy curls .
I did not used any form of heat
Bantu Knot Out 

Step One
I wash my hair , I like doing styles on freshly wash hair

Step Two
Apply my leave in conditioner on all my hair at once

Then start parting my hair according to the size of knot I am going to make , apply moisturizer then add my essential oil .

Step Three
Begin to Make my Bantu Knots , I twist and then rap it around , repeat the process until your finish.

Step Four
Leave  hair and let it air dry , If done early and you get a lot of sun may be fully dry by bedtime or slightly damp . At this stage its your preference to used a hooded dryer are just sleep  I would rather just sleep on it .

Step Five
Next day  , take down the knots and style according

Note : I rather to make large Knots except for the two at the font of my head . Over all I may have 12 knots 6 on both sides . This last me up to 5 days without redoing at night  but as the day progress it hang more if you  like more length . 

If you have a more frizzy texture are too much shrinkage, you could blow dry before starting the knot are you could used styling gel/styling mousse for better result .

If you want more hold you can also used gel or mousse . I live in the tropics so I dont need those for this style. 

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How I used Each Natural / Essential Oil

Coconut Oil - I like using this as a pre-poo treatment because it really penetrating the hair shaft, nourishing your hair fro inside out . Its light on your hair and has moisturizing properties . I do pre-poo treatment once a month are whenever necessary . I do sometimes used this oil as a sealant .

Olive Oil - Olive oil can be used as a natural relaxer ( Natural Hair Relaxer : Olive Oil ), I have done this  a few times and it really help my hair cuticle to lay down . It is moisturizing and its not too light on the hair , which is good when you want your hair to kinda lay down . This oil I really love it has so many great benefits, read more Benefits of Olive Oil in Hair . I also used this a sealant .

Castor Oil - I love using castor oil on my scalp , and I also use it to make a slick pony tail and help my edges stay slick and flat since it really moisturized them .  This may takes sometime to absorbed in hair like , fine to medium strands but once it absorbed your hair stays moisturized for days . It also help thicken hair so I really try to used this on my edges more because I have fine strands at that area  , I like slick styles and you want to keep your hairline healthy .

Carrot Oil - This oil I used mostly for  hot oil treatments , sometimes I used it alone are blend with my other oil . This is a light oil easily absorbed , great for scalp massages also  .

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Products I Have Used Throughout 2012

I dont used a lot of product all at once like some people do, I switch back and forth between products  it all depend on my hair needs . I like to  finish whatever product I start using before buying a new replacement product lol . I mention sometime ago about my disappointment with the Vo5 moisture milk shampoo but I  have not used it to wash my hair from that time but I used it to wash my brush and combs. I have  not used any shampoo from the beginning of December .

I have two  bottle of moisturizer but I still have not start using the S-curls , and that is from December. I dont need to used  a lot of product , my hair is pretty moist for most part . I love the Pantene  Relaxed and Natural and I will be buying it again .

My main oils are , Castor Oil , Vatika Oil , Pure Coconut Oil , Olive Oil and Carrot Oil . I buy a variety of oils because I used each for different purpose , Read my post  which explained the different way I used each Oils, How I used Each Natural / Essential Oil  .

How To do a Braid Out on Transition Hair

Braid outs are great transition styles as it help to blend both texture of your hair . Braid out not only blend your two texture but also keep your hair stretch that reduce single strands knots .

 This is How I do my Braids Out on my transition hair .

Braid Out Result and definition

Products I used are the same as the ones I have always used

What you will need :
Leave in conditioner
Natural Oil
Spray Bottle  (optional )

Whenever I am doing my Braid Out I rather do it on freshly wash hair , if not I would used my spray bottle with plain water to damp my hair by section . I dont recommend doing braid out on dry hair if you really want definition that can last for days .

I then apply my leave in conditioner  ( Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch)  sometimes I would used my rinse out moisturizing conditioner . I apply this per braid .

I then apply my moisturizer , it could be water based are oil based . In this photo I am using my Oil based moisturizer ( Patine Oil moisturizer , Relax and Natural )  have been using that for the pass couple months and I will continue to its a staple for me  . You can used a moisturizer of your choosing .  Apply per braid .

Now the oil will seal my hair , then I braid that section . I used whatever natural oil I have at the time , could be , Extra Virgin Olive Oil , Virgin/Pure Coconut Oil , Vatika Oil ,  Carrot Oil, whatever you have  .

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Hair Products I Have Bought for This Month

My hair product for the beginning of this month , mainly for the winter

Deep Conditioner 

Creme of Nature Moisture Extreme Conditioner

Leave in Conditioner

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch

My Transition To Natural hair Update #1

Its has been a whole year since transitioning to natural hair, I started my transition journey the 5th of September 2011 . I started with thick color treated mid back length hair . The entire year I wanted to just relax and have straight hair again , but I had some YouTube inspiration that keep me going .

I have been keeping up with my  regimen , I had trial product in between my journey that also works great . Here are some pic of my hair texture .

All Picture are taken freshly wash with no product .

Front texture lose, wet shot