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Natural Hair Updates: New Products, Color Changes & More

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If you know me, you know that I get bored super easily with my hair. I like to change my look and experiment with styles but let’s be real, as versatile as natural hair can be, it still gets old!

I tried to do Senegalese twists (fail…too many twists in my head at one time), I thought about Marley twists but at the time my hair was colored and it wouldn’t look right with the hair I’d be using and I even considered a sew-in but I realized I lived in Mississippi and the hair would drive me crazy sitting on my neck. So, I shook up my products and my styling routine and it has helped ease the boredom. 

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New Products
I wanted to try more all-natural products to see if they would make a difference and they have. My hair was damaged from the constant coloring (seriously, I’ve colored my hair about 3 or 4 times in the last year) and just overall neglect of it on my behalf. I now use Lily of the Desert aloe vera juice mixed with water to spritz my hair as and when I’m moisturizing it. I also use Dr. Bronner’s Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil Whole Kernel Unrefined. My ends look fabulous now and my hair is softer, shinier and less frizzy. I got both of these products at Whole Foods.

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Styling Routine
I stopped doing a regular styling routine in 2013 and my hair suffered tremendously. I used to say that it stopped growing but it didn’t, I just wasn’t retaining any length because my hair was breaking at the same rate that it was growing. I started to do research (something I did on a regular basis at the beginning of my journey) and found that the LOC moisturizing method could help. My Liquid is the aloe vera juice/water mix, my Oil is either coconut oil or almond oil and my Cream is leave-in conditioner (all of these are listed on my Hair page). My hair is retaining length, thickening and the texture of it is fabulous. I do this method about every other day because my hair has a tendency to get really dry.

I’ve also been wearing my hair “put away” a lot. It’s not as fun as wearing a twist out, but protecting my ends so that my hair can continue to get longer is more important. I’ve been wearing roll, tuck and pin styles, updos, styles without taking my twists down and I’ve also incorporated scarves and turbans into the mix.

Lastly, I trim my ends every three months. I only trim what is needed and I see the difference every time I twist or braid my hair.

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Color Changes
As you can see in the photos, my hair is now all black. I’ve wanted blonde hair forever but I just can’t get my hair to go there and I don’t want to further damage it. Black is my natural hair color and it looks healthier and you can see my ends and the progress they’re making a lot better than when I had the ombre’ color going.

I think that’s about all the updates I have for ya! Follow me on Instagram @jessicasimiendotcom and Pinterest @jessicasimien for more hair photos.

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