Hey all! I hope you’re all well today. I’m finally coming out of the haze of a sinus infection that had me not feeling well for almost three weeks. I’m starting to feel like myself again and ready to get back to writing.
It crossed my mind that I’m coming up on 4 years since my Big Chop! I can’t believe the time has gone by so fast. From the moment that I decided not relax my hair anymore, to waiting for it to grow some before I cut it, to learning about what works best for my hair…I was so impatiently patient (if that makes any sense) I kept telling myself to “trust the process” but I wanted to be at the destination right away.
Remember these days?
Now looking back, the journey was the best part because it taught me the most about what my hair needed. Biggest tip: deep condition often and stay away from heat as much as possible. I didn’t use heat on my hair for 3 years before straightening it last month for a trim. I loved it, but after a few days, I wanted my curls back. I think I want to do it again so I can have cornrows done for the summer…but then again I’m tender headed, so…..
Grow, baby, grow!!
This was fun! Grey hair and all…
My product lineup hasn’t changed much since the last time I checked in, but I have tried a couple of new things that I absolutely love!
I’ll always be a devotee to the Aussie Hair 3-minute miracle conditioner, but I was recently turned on to a new shampoo and conditioner by my friend Audrey (@audreycan on social media) that I love so much that I already need to re-up on the conditioner…it always goes faster than the shampoo. I’m so impressed wih Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Shampoo and Conditioner because 1) the smell! Omg! Almond is one of my favorite scents. 2) the fact that the shampoo is sulfate-free, which is always a good thing for the health and moisture of my hair and 3) the slip from the conditioner. After I apply it to my wet hair, I leave it on for a few minutes and then detangle with my fingers; which was very easy to do with this product.
I’ve also added Mango & Lime’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil to the list of oils I put in my spray bottle. I also apply to a cotton ball and use it on my edges…gotta protect those edges, man. For gel, I’ve been alternating between Eco Styler oilve oil gel and black castor and flaxseed gel. Both are amazing, doesn’t flake or leave my hair sticky. Perfection.
For leave-in’s, I love Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. I also love Cantu’s shea butter moisturizing curl activator cream.
It seems like a lot, but once you get into a routine, it’s not bad. Take the time to find out what works best for you. If you’re just getting started on this journey TRUST THE PROCESS! (I know, easier said than done) but you’ll truly thank yourself for doing what it takes to have healthy hair.
Just like so many have inspired and supported me over the last four years, I hope that I am able to do the same in some way. Post a comment and let me know about your hair journey and remember to subscribe to the blog and follow me @naturallykrich on IG/Twitter & Facebook! Have a great week!!
Thank you for reading!