Part 3 2016-2017

Part 3 reflects the third year of my natural hair journey since the big chop in 2013. 

JANUARY

I was so looking forward to seeing how long my hair had become at 3 years exactly. I planned on giving it a bone straight stretch, hoping to do a comparison between the current length in natural and the permed hair I chopped off. I prepared myself adequately with heat protectants and had my hair well-conditioned, detangled and moisturized. I had high expectations, in fact I thought my current length was longer than that of the relaxed hair I had prior to the big chop.

Reality: As I applied the heat, the smell and smoke that came out! I just couldn’t do it. I immediately reduced the heat and stretched it just enough not bone straight. It was disappointing to find that the hair wasn’t as long as I thought. I actually thought during my 1st year of being natural, my hair grew faster than the 2nd year. Anyway, I styled it in updos mostly, since it was stretched.

 

Reasons why my hair did not grow so well in the second year;

ü  Trimming every 3 to 6 months because I like my hair to be the same length everywhere

ü  Changing hair dyes frequently because I easily get bored

ü  Reducing hair treatments since I thought I had become a pro, and

ü  Probably, lack of protective styling but I must admit am not a fun of protective styling.

After feeling bad and depressed about my hair, I thought long and hard. Life is too short to worry about everything and natural hair should not be one of my problems, it should not be all about length and protective styling. I decided to enjoy it and make it look good and healthy of course. My feel good style was Bantu Knots after a long time.

 

I even did a comparison on 2013 vs 2016 and i thought its all good. 

Later I put it away in my DIY Faux locks

FEBRUARY

Started with an amazing Twist Out, the feel good one. Where even when you are walking, it is with chin up.

 

Then my cheat bun, only this time with a twisted Kanekolone bund around it to make it different.

 

I later took to a protective style. My new found love, the Crochet Braid done by NAS Salon which I loved very much because I could style it in Bantu knot out, twist out or fluffed out. This was amazing as it gave me a natural hair look with different curls.

  

 

MARCH

Tired of the Crochet Braid, I removed it and thought I would style my hair in flexi rods or perm rods but I was too lazy for that. I ended up doing Wash and Gos for two weeks.

 

Then the energy came and I did bantu knot out the next week

 

In the last week of the month, I stretched my hair using the African threading method and did updos

 

By close of month, I felt guilty I could tell my hair needed a break. So I had my hair flat twisted at NAS Salon for natural hair. I wanted the protective style to be gentle on my edges and just comfortable.

APRIL

In April I did updos on not so stretched hair. I was too lazy to do African threading. So I did two braids to stretch freshly washed hair. Note that the first day my hair was still looking course but as the week progressed the hair stretched more from the night braids I used to maintain the hair stretched

MAY

I mostly did Wash and Gos and puffed it up

 

Updos, and

 

Bantu knot out pushed backwards, and

 

A soft protective style

 

 

Part1-hair journey

Part one basically documents the 1st year of my natural hair journey, thus from month 1 to months 12. It will show pics and give brief descriptions of hair emotions I was experiencing. I was so excited when I cut my hair because I could shower from head to toe without worrying about water ruining my style. However, after 2 to 3 months I got bored and had no idea what else I could do with the short hair apart from wash and go. So kept it in different protective styles for about 3-5 months while I researched on products, how to care for and style my hair. At 8 months being natural I started experimenting with Bantu knots, Twist out, Wash and Gos with gel and mini puffs with accessories. It was amazingly liberating to go for months without extensions i.e. weaves or braid and  for the first time seeing how versatile and manageable my hair had become.

 

 

 

MARCH, APRIL  & MAY, 2013. @ 3, 4 & 5  MONTHS

 

 

Not knowing what to do with my short hair I ran to different Protective styles for about 3 months and watched a lot of video tutorials on how to care and style natural hair. I developed a lot of hair envy and felt mine was not growing fast enough.

JUNE, @ 6 MONTHS

 

This stage was the most amazing in terms of managing my hair, I could shampoo anytime, no worries with tangles and used less products. Water, Olive oil, glycerine and tea tree and lavender were enough but  it was boring to have one style. I needed something different, something more but the only different thing was to do different protective styles until August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









































Month 8. August, 2013. My 1st Bantu knot out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Bantu knot out became my staple, the curls lasted longer for about a week which made my styling easier. It was something different from the usual wash and go and the shaggy look. I must say I loved the look.

SEPTEMBER at 9 Months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER at 10 months

 

 

 

November 11 months

 

 

December 2013 at 12 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Natural Hair Journey

Hi welcome to my natural hair journey.  My hair journey is clustered in years showing a monthly photo gallery with  brief  descriptions.