July 16, 2015

Hair Transitioning {6 month update}

I cannot believe it has already been 6 months since I started transitioning to my natural hair. If you'd like to know more about my decision to go natural, please visit my post. It has been a journey with more ups than downs. I love reading posts or watching videos from other transitioners or naturals, so I find new things to try out with my hair and I think that has helped a lot in staying motivated. I have been doing a lot of co-washing as opposed to regular shampooing and it works pretty well for me. Some weeks better than others for some reason. All that being said I still shampoo my hair from time to time, just not as often as I used to which has definitely helped with the dryness of my hair. I also try to stick with my deep conditioning once a week and have been using the ORS Hair Mayonnaise as I feel my hair needs more protein. I've been meaning to get the Aphogee 2 step treatment but somehow I just haven't gotten around to it. 

Here's a bit of a breakdown of the last 6 months:

First - Third month

In the first 3 months, it was pretty easy taking care of my hair. I just did the same things I usually did before as I didn't have a lot of new growth. I'd cowash my hair, apply some leave in conditioner, seal it with an oil and let it air dry. I would sometimes do a twist out but not necessarily as the new growth wasn't very visible. I was constantly on youtube watching videos and linking pictures on instagram, obviously fantasizing about how my own curls will look like as I honestly couldn't remember.

Fourth - Sixth month

As the length of my new growth increased I realized I can no longer get away with straight hair or a wash and go as the texture didn't match. Since I didn't like going around with two different textures, I ended up living in twist outs or braid outs to try and hide the difference in texture. Recently, I have been stuck in a rut with what to do with my hair because it is getting hotter by the day which makes me wear my hair big a lot less as I get extremely hot and my face just gets a lot oiler than usual. This is when the thoughts of big chopping begin to appear and I start thinking it would be easier if my hair was shorter {which is probably totally not the case}. As I don't usually have a lot of time after washing my hair, I would very often do a 2 braid braidout as it is a great base for other hairstyles.

At this stage is where I got a glimpse of what my curl pattern may look like and this got me extremely excited. Right now, I have about 3 inches of new growth and cannot wait for when my natural hair will be longer and I can cut off all the damaged part. I know it's going to take a while so till then I'll be living in braidouts or twistouts. 

If you'd like to know some of the products I've been using, you can check out my Curly Hair  Products Haul. I haven't gotten much more lately but I'll be going back to La Bella Cosmetics this weekend to pick up a few bits.

I'd really appreciate some suggestions of what styles I can do from a braidout or twistout as a ponytail is becoming extremely boring. 

If you're also transitioning, tell me about your journey. Naturals, I'd love some tips.

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