The Good, Bad and Ugly of My Natural Hair Journey

They say there are three sides to every story and so far my natural hair journey has exactly that! After chopping off 5in, I have been PSing (protective styling) my hair and avoiding heat for the past 8months. But recently I missed my natural curls...or so I thought lol I decided that I was going to wear my hair for the next month before hiding it again. Until I attempted a twist out that went bad!With that said, lets get into the Good, Bad and Ugly of my hair journey!
 
Let me start with the Good. My hair is growing, thicker and is healthy, YAY! I am a couple of inches away from being back to where I started (prior to cutting) and my ends are back coily! I also found 2 staple products that my hair LOVED! Homemade Flaxseed Gel and Aussie Moist conditioner. Do you see the curls popping in the pic above? I did a wash n go and have to thank flaxseed gel and my trusty denman for that. Aussie Moist made sure that I was detangled in less than 3mins! Sorry to all the product junkies out there but if you don't have these two hair staples, I highly suggest getting them. Here is the super easy video that I used to make my Flaxseed Gel, whole flaxseeds can be found at almost all grocery stores: 
 
 


Now on to the Bad, do you see that shrinkage?? I could not get past it and swore that I looked like a teenage boy! I couldn't figure out how to stretch my hair without using heat; so I immediately washed my hair and braided it right into another PS lol Guess I will try again in a few months?? I am so bad with wearing my natural hair and it is something that I definitely need to work on. Can we hold hands and sing India Arie's "I am not my hair?"

As part of a MBL challenge, here is my last length check that I did prior to cutting and after BKTing. See why I chopped off 5inches??!


Lastly, the Ugly! I was doing fine until I decided to do a Brazilian keratin treatment (BKT). I loved the results and it made my hair soooo manageable but I was flat ironing on high heat every two weeks and eventually I ended up with bone straight ends. I hated them!! So at the beginning of this year I decided to chop of 5in of my ends. While I did like the BKT, I would only recommend BKT'ing if you want to remove the majority of the thickness from your hair and plan on wearing it straight 90% of the time. Here's some pics of my BKT journey:

BKT

So far, I've learned that my hair hates too much heat and protein. Enough about me, what has been the good, bad and/or ugly of your hair journey??

Stay tuned,
Eb

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I have not had a relaxer in years, however, I never wear my hair "natural." Whatever that may mean. I do in fact get my hair done every Friday and wrap it the rest of the week. I have noticed that my hair has not grown back to the length it was prior to stopping the relaxer. I am encouraged by your journey though!

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    1. Your welcome! Thanks for reading :) With the weekly flat ironing, has your hair become trained and less curly?

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  2. I hate washing my hair if I don't force myself I'll wash my hair every 2-3 weeks when I should be doing it weekly. My hair also does not straighten with a flat iron, maybe it's in my genes or something. Other than that I love my hair 8 years natural and no looking back! I'm jealous of your length btw!!! lol.

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    1. I had the same problem and ended up buying a babybliss flat iron and my life was forever changed. Flat ironing can change your texture though and you curls are too beautiful just the way they are! Now I am jealous :0)

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