Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Creating Curls | The Mindset

When I first went natural, I was convinced that I had 4c, Afro hair with no curl pattern. As a result, I expected my newly natural hair to fall into a perfect wash and wear Afro. I was welcomed to reality when my wash and wear hair came out dull and unintentional looking. Not getting what I wanted, I gave up on wearing my natural Afro quickly and turned to stretched styles, namely twists.

While I was wearing the twists and the eventual twist outs, I began to shift my perspective on presentability of natural hair. Twists became what I thought acceptable hair was and I needed the fresh twists or twist out before I could come outside of my home. When my hair became longer, the process of doing twists also lengthened so I reintroduced and mastered the braid out and Bantu knot out.

It didn't take long before I felt the same about these styles as I had felt about the twists. My hair had
to be set "just so" before I could go out in public. I worried about my hair being fully dry before unraveling the set. I worried about the weather holding for the week so that my braid out could stay beautiful. I was worrying too much for my liking--period.

It was at this point of fussing over my hair that I found the Maximum Hydration Method. The method meant washing my hair and wearing whatever pattern I was left with. The method made me feel like I could try wash and wear hair again. Over a year later, I no longer follow the method but I primarily wear wash and gos.

I no longer fuss over creating a curl pattern. I embrace frizz in my styles because they look natural to begin with making frizz less of an issue. It just looks like part of the style. My hair is also weather proof. Even in humid central Florida, I am able to have hair that lasts through the week.

Finally wearing my natural curl pattern had changed my attitude toward my natural hair. The manipulated styles had me in almost a relaxed hair mindset. If I could go back to the beginning of my natural journey, I'd tell myself to press on. Keep trying out different product combos, application techniques, and amounts of product. Wearing your natural hair as it is naturally is much less stressful.







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Monday, January 16, 2017

Natural Hair Wash Routine | 2017

The last time I put up a regimen video was 2015. I was following a modified version of the Maximum Hydration Method that was even further modified after the posting of the video. It almost goes without saying that it is about time that I put up an updated regimen video.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/_PKJHnGEnqQ

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Dusting | January 2017

At the beginning of 2017 I twisted my hair up in preparation for my first "dusting" since my hair cut back in November of 2016. It's only been two months but I wanted to get my hair on a rememberable dusting schedule. I can easily remember Jan-Apr-Jul-Oct.


What is dusting?

Dusting is a trim in which so little hair is taken off that it looks like dust on the floor. In my case it looks like dust on the sheet of notebook paper. Dusting is a great way to maintain between official trims. It is also helpful for people who want to maintain healthy ends without actually trimming at all.

Dusting has not hindered my hair progress at all. I made this side by side comparison pic. On the left, my hair had just been cut. On the right, I had just finished dusting. I recoreded my hair's measurements for both of these months (because numbers don't lie!) and there is some good growth!









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