1 Year Natural Hair Journey

Happy New Year! It’s 2014 and I already feel the promise with this oncoming year and I am excited for it. Today marks my 1 year natural hair anniversary and I’m so happy about my growth and overall thickness.

I find myself suffering from Hand In Hair Syndrome and I need to stop, but I just can’t stop playing with it!!! I’ve never had my natural hair this healthy before (horrible hair practices) *hangs head in shame* but I’m determined to make up for all the neglect by treating my hair as a top priority.

I’ve been natural before in my life so my overall hair texture wasn’t too new to me except in the middle of my hair. That portion of my hair is some weird wavy/straight texture, but I’m learning to work with my hair instead of against it and trying to find ways to make the crazy textures blend #thestruggle

Along with all this greatness is I decided to make a Youtube channel to video document my journey so I can look back on what I’ve achieved and also learn from my many mistakes (in front of an audience)

I hope to make this year my great hair year.

Love,

Eureka

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Hair Regimen

My regimen is fairly simple. It may be that since I have a twa (teeny weeny afro) that I don’t have to struggle with my natural hair, but my journey so far has been pretty smooth sailing.

Weekly

Co-Wash 2x
Oil Rinse 2x
Detangle 2x (only in the shower)
Deep Condition 1x
Oil Scalp 2-3x
Moisturize and Seal 1-2x

Monthly

Shampoo 1x (sulfate free)
Hot Oil Treatment 1x (I don’t do this every month. Only when I need a moisture boost)
Protein Treatment 1-2x depending on amount of breakage

Daily

Spray hair with water
Sleep with satin bonnet

*I do pre-poo, but only when I feel my hair needs it.

Big Chop Shock

Relaxed HairBig Chop

So, I BIG CHOPPED!!!

Initially this wasn’t part of my hair journey at all. The reason I went natural was for my sisters and brothers. My brothers didn’t even know that black women had curly, kinky, coily hair. They thought that our hair grew straight! I want to say I was shocked, but I can’t. The majority of the time my younger brothers have either seen me and my other sisters with braids or straight hair.

I’d been back and forth with natural and relaxed hair throughout my childhood, but that was before I knew much of anything about my hair at all. In late 2011 I decided to take care of my hair. My hair was at ear length and was constantly breaking and I decided to grow my relaxed hair healthly to the bra-strap length. My journey was going pretty smoothly except for a little setback with protein overload, but I got over that quickly as well. Then one day my siblings and I were watching a video with a light skinned girl who was wearing a wig. My sister said “why would she need a wig?” I asked her what she meant by that and she replied “she’s half white so shouldn’t her hair be long?” This right here saddened me to the core because though I learned a lot about black people and our hair I hadn’t shared that knowledge with them. So, I told them black people can grow our hair long. They all looked skeptical and even more so when I told them it could be grown long natural too.

On January 5, 2013 I decided to transition, but I got bored that same day and asked my fiance to cut all my hair off.

This is where my journey begins.