I’m so happy to announce that today is my 1-year natural hair anniversary! I wish I could say that it has been a long, hard road but it hasn’t. I’ve had a lot of fun learning about my hair and watching it grow. I thought about doing a YouTube video, but I don’t have time to record, edit and upload a video, plus my Macbook is acting real funny with me.
Today, I’m rocking a twist-out that I did while my hair was wet. I hate the shrinkage from wet twist-outs, but I did not feel like straightening my hair or going through the blow drying process just so it could stretch. I can live with a little shrinkage today I guess. (Continue reading for photos!)
Growth: I did the big chop on April 6, 2011 and I cannot believe how fast my hair has grown. I didn’t do anything special and I haven’t taken any medicine or hair growth supplements. The only thing I can think of is that I kept my hair clean. It hit a growth spurt around the sixth or seventh month and from there I haven’t even paid much attention to how much it’s growing. Now that I look back, it has grown fast.
Products: My hair responds very well to Cantu and Africa’s Best products so thats what I’ve stuck with the entire first year. I’m not a product junkie so I don’t try a lot of different things. Cantu and Africa’s Best was what I used as I transitioned and during the first month so I just continued to use it.
Best Thing About Being Natural: What I like most about having natural hair is the fact that I don’t have to go to the salon! I hate going to the beauty shop. Other than that, I love that my hair is healthy and growing. I had several hair problems when I had a relaxer.
Worst Thing About Being Natural: I hate that people stereotype me and make jokes about natural hair. It really gets under my skin that people can be so ignorant and have an issue with someone not wanting to relax their hair. Is it that serious? Oh and I hate how my hair shrinks! I’ve come a long way as far as growth and I wanna show it!
Styles: My favorite style to wear is a twist-out. I just like the way it looks. I also like the puff when I can get it to look like an updo. I don’t do a lot of styling while my hair is wet…again, I hate shrinkage…my hair retains its length when I style it dry.
Heat: I used to be anti-heat with my hair, but as it got longer I became more open to using a blow dryer and flat iron. I ALWAYS use a heat protectant on my hair before applying any heat. Fortunately, I have not had any heat damage.
My Advice: Research! I recommend watching YouTube videos from some of the popular natural hair vloggers. Find what works for you because everyone’s hair isn’t the same. I would not recommend going product crazy…try and find people whose hair texture is similar to yours and see what they use.
Thanks for sharing this milestone with me! If you have any hair questions, feel free to post them in the comment section.