Natural Hair Advice | What to Expect with Longer Natural Hair

One wash day, almost a month ago now, I looked into the mirror and I didn't recognize myself. My hair was different. I didn't know why, but I did know nothing was wrong with it. I was taking my hair vitamins and giving it the ultimate TLC, so I was sure I wasn't doing anything to cause drastic damage to my hair. It was actually the opposite. I was having a hair epiphany. My hair had entered a new phase of natural hair. It’s almost like my hair had evolved.

6 Reasons My Hair is Growing SUPER FAST!!

n the past couple of months, my hair has really seen some MAJOR growth! Lately, it has been taking forever to dry my hair, and I just couldn't figure out why. My regimen hadn't really changed much, so I knew that wasn't the cause. It’s still hot out here in Louisiana, so it has nothing to do with the weather. Then, I finally realized that because my hair had grown so much, and become so thick, it required extra drying time (almost twice as much as it used to!). Today, my hair is a comfortable APL (arm pit length; I say comfortable because I dont have to pull it till my head hurts or the hair is completely taught to reach it. I just gently pull and it stretches there with little effort). It feels like just yesterday I was an inch or two away from reaching this goal. I took some time to reflect on the things that I was doing differently to possibly cause this and I came up with this hopefully helpful list.

Natural-Looking Curls with Curlformers!

   Yesterday was my second time rocking a Curlformer set. The results were very similar to my first use. To shorten drying time, I used lighter products, but I also added a light gel on top of my styler for better hold results. When you first take off the rollers, the curls are very uniform, and, in my opinion and depending on how large your sections are, they can be worn without/ with minimal separation. However, I am obsessed with...

Natural Hair DIY | My Year-Round, Multi-Purpose Hair Oil

There are so many oils and oil blends out there, how do you choose? Each oil has its own advantages and ways of helping your hair. In my opinion, the best way to get the benefits of them all is to mix oils with different benefits together and use it accordingly. All the oils in my oil mixture cover the basics - moisture retention, promotion of growth, strengthen hair, prevention of split ends - and don’t overlap too much, which basically means that I tried to make sure that the benefits of one oil are different from another.

How to Use Shea Moisture Hair Masques

Shea Moisture is one of my favorite natural hair brands, and a lot of their products have been staples in my regimen since my transitioning days. I believe I have tried almost every single one of their products. Their collection of hair masks are in constant rotation in my regimen. I have bought each one at least twice and some countless amounts of times. I almost feel like a SM mask connoisseur… No? Well, maybe just an enthusiast… Each mask has a special purpose for my hair, and I wanted to share my methods with others. If you’re looking to try a new mask for a specific reason, I may be able to help you out.

Doin too Much? | Caring and Styling Natural Hair for Growth

These past few months I have been feeding my creative mind with new and innovative hairstyles. So much so that I have been styling my hair off, literally. Dyeing my hair in late December didn't help, either. I also have swayed in my declaration to stick to only natural products and have been using products containing ingredients I try to stay away from, like silicones. This unholy hair trinity has been a recipe for disaster. My healthy hair journey has not been completely ruined but definitely put at a stand still. When I straightened my hair last week it seemed thinner than the last time it was straightened. The ends felt straggly, which is unusual because it’s been 3 months since my last trim and my ends don’t start to feel like this until month 4-5, which is when I usually trim. I haven’t retained much length since December. My goal for the next few months is to give my hair the utmost TLC so that I can finally retain some of the length I crave. I feel that I need to stop experimenting for a while and go back to the basics and focus on moisture retention and protein balance, which will result in longer, healthier hair. These are some of the steps I will take to get my to bounce back.