Someone should've warned me that being natural was a pain in the ass. It's been over 8 years since my hair has been natural. I can't believe that I thought this was a good idea. *fluffing puff on top of my head* ...but, yea...I'm trying not to quit mid-process.
The funny thing is, that I was chemical free for a year without even meaning to be...but, the moment I definitively decided that I was going to be natural...the road got rough...literally. LOL
I decided to try only washing and air-drying for a while...to take the heat off of my hair. I wanted to see the natural texture...I'm trying to "train" it. O_O My first attempt out the gate of no heat on the mane was a couple of months ago. My girl Joy dropped off some of Ms. Jessie's highly-touted and exorbitant "Curly Pudding". Looks like grape pudding...smells like grape pudding. Perhaps, because I didn't condition my hair (automatic fail in Hair Care 101) there was no real manageability to the hair and the curly pudding failed to curl. Actually, all it did was cause my hair to be stiff and dry. All I could do was brush it back into a ponytail or twist it on either side of my head. *Boooooo*
SO...this time around, I became proactive and preventive. I bought 2 packs of an olive oil deep conditioning treatment. I washed my hair with Motions Deep Conditioning Shampoo...and then used my conditioner for an hour under a cap (no heat). Once rinsed...I added a product my mother purchased, Organics Olive Oil, which is really a "twist and loc" cream, but it was lightweight and helped to soften my damp hair. I also used a oil-based spray called Jamaican Mango & Lime "shine-a-loc". That helped to bring spring to my individual curls.
This is the result:
I know I have a long way to go...that, I also have to cut of a significant amount of hair to jump start my natural journey. I'm getting the hang of it though...I'll keep you posted as promised.
Wish me locks...lol