Hey you guys! Today I want to share with your my natural hair journey and what it takes for you to find your natural / curly hair pattern!
I was born with naturally curly hair and as I got older, it was a bit frustrating not knowing what to do with it. During my years in grammar school, my hair was usually pulled back in a bun and I would never do anything else to it. My school was very diverse and I noticed that the most diverse people would also straighten their hair or add some type of chemical that damages their natural hair.
Then I started my high school days, when puberty hit and everyone starts caring about their looks. I saw the top trend in hair was straight hair. At this point, I was sick of pulling my hair back in a bun everyday for high school. I had to do something different as I walk the halls of school.
So I went out and purchased a flat iron and I would always dread spending 2+ hours straightening it every weekend and it would last for about 5+ days. In the summer time was the worst because it would just be so puffy and frizzy from the hot weather. I always thought about doing a straight hair treatment but honestly wasn’t worth spending $200+ dollars to damage my hair. Your girl was on a budget, so flat iron it was! And on days when straightening wasn’t an option, I would normally use those colorful blue / green gels that always came in a huge bottle for about $5.99 that left your hair so crunchy and hard. These products had a lot of alcohol in them and weren’t the healthiest for my curls.
Not to mention, I even colored my hair like a dirty brown color which was the worst idea. My hair was short, straight, and damaged by the box hair dye. Those days I just had no idea with what I wanted of who I was even trying to be. I would say my high school hair days were probably the worst.
A few years later as I entered into my college years, I really started falling in love with myself as I am, naturally. As well as working on specific attributes that I didn’t like and really trying to change for the better. Working out, eating healthy, knowledge in fashion/style and really taking care of my body. I think this is when my curly hair journey really started as in February 2015 I have photos of my straight hair.
During my college years, I started working for a high end tech company and was introduced to all these tech gadgets and a blow dryer that had a diffuser attachment. I didn’t know what it was used for and never used it. I didn’t really know much about curly hair products because every hair type is different and what works for me might not work for someone else. Eventually I came across curly hair products, particularly DevaCurl as I was shopping in Sephora one day. It’s all about testing products out and seeing what works for you. At first I was getting the curls but you know my ends weren’t as great due to the heat damage.
I was eventually introduced to Bumble & Bumble Model University where they look for curly hair models to get hair cuts. As a college student, you know I was all over that opportunity. I was getting a haircut every 6-8 months (not the greatest) but I was trimming away all of the dead ends, and damaged hair. That’s when I realized that there is becoming more and more of a curly hair community out there! Bumble and Bumble introduced me to more curly hair products, hair cut techniques, as well as different techniques to bring your curls to form.
As you can see, I don’t have the best hair all the time in all of my photos. That may be due to weather, product I use, and where I was in my transition period. It’s all about trial and error, the more you do your hair and understand the product and the ingredients behind the products, the better your hair will turn out with time. Some shampoo, and products strip away the natural oils in your hair. Curls need moisture to thrive all that natural stuff currently in your hair. Make sure you check for silicone and sulfates and they aren’t natural ingredients and tend to be more on the dry side. Don’t get me wrong, I believe other hair types actually need those ingredients for their hair, just not us curlies!
The key to curly hair is patience, constant trims, and very little to no heat! I would say it took me almost 2 years to fully transition to my current curly hair.
Today, I am working on trying to get my length back as I do miss my long hair. I have been deep conditioning every time I was my hair and making sure to use hair growth oils to get some inches. Also, make sure to drink lots and lots of water, take my vitamins (biotin), and continue my curly hair routine with healthy ingredients and products.
Thank you so much for reading!
4 years later…
It takes a lot of effort and patience to get to where I am today. I do deep conditioning treatments every time I was my hair and I make sure to check the ingredients before I use them.