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Natural Hair Journey

Natural hair is pretty if it’s taken care of. Lately natural hair has been trending and a lot of people have been giving tips on how to maintain it. It’s inspiring to see women embrace their natural self. Some have capitalized on this “trend” and have started selling organic products for the hair which are way too expensive for me.

In 2016 i used a lot of chemicals on my hair like hair dyes and experienced massive hair breakage.It had a reddish yellowish colour,it looked and felt unhealthy.My hair started to give me stress i couldn’t braid or do cornrows so i decided to cut it all out and start afresh. It was hard for me to cut it because i loved my long hair but it had to be done. I did not cut it all out because i wanted some hair on my head.

I was shy at first cause i wasn’t used to short hair, last had short hair back in secondary school and i hated it. I rocked my short hair after a while because i realized it looked good on me . However after a month i decided to braid my hair,i am a fan of long hair so the goal was to make the short hair long. I had braids for a while till my hair grew pony tail long although i switched up and got weave for a short period, i think they slow down my hair growth

When my hair began to grow i got excited but the problem was i did not have enough knowledge about black natural hair so i hated my hair because all the natural hair girls could style their hair and i couldn’t. I researched more about my hair and it turns out natural hair has types. I had been forcing my my 4c to curl up and it strained me. After my research i learnt to appreciate my hair and do what works for me and to not stress about my hair because stress also affects hair growth and nutrition.

I do not have a precise hair routine because i never have time or money to maintain it but i am still rocking my natural hair anyway. I follow a few natural hair influencers but they seem to always be brand ambassadors for some expensive hair product so i only use coconut oil to mosturize it. Mosturizing is very important to me because i have very dry skin and it extends to my scalp.

Cornrows and magodi(i dont know what they are called in english but grew up calling them ma buns or magodi, thread is used to twist the hair and create cornrow like lines) are my go to always. When i am about to switch hairstyles i go a day or two with cornrows before i get my hair plaitted. They straighten my hair and make it easy to plait.

2 years have gone by and i haven’t had a proper hair routine or kept a calendar like how most natural hair influencers are always talking about. I wash my hair after 6 weeks.I am actually celebrating my Natural hair 2nd year anniversary as i like to call it on the 31st of October which is also my birthday

Natural hair is expensive for me to maintain but i am finding a balance between my wallet and my hair. I am looking forward to trying out different hair regiments until i find one that suits my hair perfectly but for now my only concern is having healthy hair. if there are women out there who have low budget hair maintainance tips kindly share.

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3 thoughts on “Natural Hair Journey”

  1. Hie Chelsea.
    I’m also team natural with a low hair maintainance budget.
    Also 4c type.
    I will learn how to do Bantu knots (mabuns) because mine is a struggle when combing it.
    I just wash it when I undo my hair.
    Then moisturize.
    If you don’t have money to buy coconut oil, you can also use water. It’s a moisturizer as well. It also helps in increasing volume.
    If worse goes to worst you can also use Vaseline.
    You go to direct sun then apply it on your hair and let the sun melt it, then comb and style it.
    You will love the outcome, trust me.
    Thank you.

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  2. I love this blog ! And like you said most of these natural hair influencers out here are just brand ambassadors for expensive products. But it actually does not take all of those products to make your hair grow, simplicity is the key. So if just coconut oil works for you then that’s okay, it seems like your hair is flourishing well based on the pictures. I made a natural hair tag not too long ago, go check it out: https://nonchalantdiva.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/natural-hair-tag/

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