When I'm out and about, I always get questions on my hair:
- What products I use?
- What did I do to achieve my look?
- How do I maintain my style at night?
- How long have you been natural?
- How do I like being natural?
Natural Hair Journey
Now, I'm not one of those naturals who knows the exact date and time she went completely natural. I decided to grow my relaxer out in 2007. My hair stylist at time suggested that I should, since I was only getting relaxers twice a year and I wanted to grow my hair longer and fuller. When I decided to grow out my relaxer, I had no idea it was called going "natural". In the meantime of the growing out process I would wear cornrows or my stylist would style my hair in a twist out. I would still go to the salon every two weeks, but instead of getting my hair blown out and curled, my stylist would try styles that didn't require too much direct heat.
I'm not sure when I became fully natural, I think it was some time between 2008 and 2009. I had no clue what to do with my hair, so I learned about the natural community on YouTube and started to watch hair tutorials. To make a long story short, I failed miserable at trying to style my hair and buying product after product because it was what the girls on YouTube were using. I even went back to straightening my hair every two weeks because I didn't know how to do my hair. I have never been a person who had the gift of knowing how to do hair. As a young child, my mom would do my hair, but even at a young age I would go to the salon with my mother and we would get our hair done together every two weeks. It took a lot of patience and practice to get to the point I am now with my hair ( I still get frustrated with my hair to this day and I've even contemplated on getting a relaxer. )
Moral of the story is I love being natural. I love the fact I can wear my hair curly one day and the next I can blow it out and wear it straight. I also love the versatility, I also wear extensions, adding hair in for sew-ins , box braids, I love to brush my hair up in a bun and also style my hair in flexi rods and roller sets. FYI I do go to the salon and get my hair straightened. I don't have a routine for when I go, I just go when I want or feel I need a trim.
The many hair styles of Jasmine.
Braid Out on blow dried hair
Pinned up Flexi Rod curls
Curls using Perm Rods
My Go To Hair Style
Over the years of being natural, I have found that I get the best results when I braid my hair in individual braids and let it set over night, which is called a braid out. I have tried twisting my hair and for some reason, twist outs look horrible on me. My hair shrinks up and it's just a hot mess! Lol.
I wash my hair once a week and I normally just braid my hair once or twice during the week and pineapple at night ( gathering all my hair in a loose ponytail at the top of my head ). I normally braid my hair in 9-12 medium size braids. When I take down the braids, I separate each braid into 3 sections and when all braids are taken down I fluff my hair into my desired style and stretch my roots with a wide tooth comb.
Products I Use
Shampoo: My favorite is Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
I'm not too picky on what shampoo I use, just as long as it doesn't dry my hair out and doesn't have sulfates.
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Conditioner and Curl and Shine Conditioner. Both make it easy for me to detangle my hair and leave my hair soft.
Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque ( as you can see I love Shea Moisture products!)
As of recent, I have been loving the Dove Hair Therapy Daily Treatment Conditioner for Color Care. I don't have color in my hair. I received this product at an event over a year ago and I just started using it. It is beyond amazing, Thick in consistency and leaves my hair detangled and moisturized. I don't have to use a detangle brush to style my hair.
Leave In Conditioner: Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner This product smells amazing and is a great light weight liquid leave in.
Oils: I love sealing in my moisture and separating my hair with Coconut Oil.
Styling Products: Entwine Couture Crème Jelle Styler The best I've Found for definition, helps with frizz and moisturizing. A little goes a long way. Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly Great for hold and definition. Curls Blueberry Curl Control Paste This product is great for edge control and I love using this on the ends of my hair to smooth the ends and for definition. I also like using Eco Styler Gel either the Argan Oil or Olive Olive Oil one to use when I wear buns and I like putting Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on top of the gel for softer and a smoother hold.
These are my current favorite products. I love trying new products that get great reviews for my curl type. If you were wondering, I have type 3c curls.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my hair care routine. If you have any questions please leave a comment!