NaturallyBeautiful (March 2011 Updates!)
NaturallyBeautiful (March 2011 Updates!)(naturallybeautiful2) avatar
Quick Hair History:
I began my journey to natural hair on March 28, 2003 with my last relaxer. I transitioned for almost 11 months and chopped off my relaxed ends on February 15, 2004. I colored my hair once in May 2005. My favorite overall style has been twists/twistouts.

Hair Goal:
As of April 2010, I am on a journey to grow my natural hair to waist length (stretched). I predict that I will reach my goal by Winter 2011/12. I plan on achieving my goal through protective styling, perfecting my hair routine, healthier eating, drinking more water, and exercising.

APL: June 2010
BSL: Dec 2010
MBL:
WL:

Challenges:
6 Month Box Braid Challenge Phase 1 (April - October 2010)-Completed
6 Month Wig Challenge Phase 1(April - October 2010)-Completed
6 Month Box Braid Challenge Phase 1 (October 2010-April 2011)
6 Month Wig Challenge Phase 1(April - October 2010-April 2011)

As of July 2010, my staple products are:

*Curls Curlicious Cleansing Cream (Moisturizing Shampoo)
*Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo
*Curls Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
*Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner

*Leave in Conditioner Mix (modified verson of Kimmaytube's recipe):
1 oz. Kinky Curly Knot Today (creamy moisturizing base)
2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Juice (lowers pH of mix to help close cuticles)
2 teaspoons Jojoba Oil (sealant)
1 teaspoon Coconut Oil (sealant)
1 teaspoon Castor Oil (sealant)
(Must keep refrigerated because of Aloe Vera Juice)

^Olive Oil (for extra slip when detangling if needed)

Hair Tools:
Goody's Denman Brush (modified with just five rows of teeth instead of 9)
Goody's Ouchless Detangling Comb
Hair Clamps (for sectioning hair into 6 parts during washing)
Goody's Hair Pins (for pinning braids to head)
Satin Bonnet (used EVERY night)
Spray Bottle of Water (for re-wetting hair after getting out the shower)

Weekly Hair Routine:
Unbraid hair, wet hair in shower, and finger comb hair.
Section hair into 6 parts with hair clamps
Detangle a section with the detangling comb (tip to root)
Run Denman brush through section to remove shed hair
Apply Shampoo in a shingling motion to reduce tangles (every first week, I use the clarifying shampoo. The other weeks, I use the Curls shampoo)
Massage scalp with shampoo
Rinse shampoo off hair
Apply Giovanni conditioner to section
Use Denman brush to distribute conditioner along the length of the section.
Divide section into two smaller sections
Twist each of the smaller sections
Clamp twisted section out the way and move to the next section

Once all the sections are completed, I remove all the hair clamps and rinse the conditioner off my hair without taking the twists out. This helps keep the hair detangled after getting out the shower, I take a section, untwist it, apply my leave in conditioner, brush through section with Denman brush, and braid it up before moving to the next section. If a section starts to get dry, I will re-wet my hair using my spray bottle. After all the sections are completed, I use the hair pins to pin my braids to my head in the back.

For going out, I will put on my satin cap over my hair and underneath my wig for protection. When home, I either baggy my hair after spraying my hair with water or I just simply put on my satin bonnet.

I rarely go more than 3 days without moisturizing my hair. Usually mid week, I wet my hair in the shower and apply leave in conditioner mix to my braids to keep my hair moisturized.

As far as trimming, I do not plan on trimming until the end of December. Until then, I will do search and destroys to get what I can. Breakage is not really a big issue for me. It is me actually cutting my hair too much. I do get single strand knots, but not nearly as many since April 2010.
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Since:
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Gender:
Female gender
Age:
30
Languages:
English
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