Sabrina’s Natural Hair Journey Pictures & Story

What’s Up Black Hair OMG fam! We have more stories and natural hair journey pictures for you.

As you know, we have begun featuring the natural hair journey stories for members of the Natural Hair Lovers – BlackHairOMG.com Facebook Group. The group has been a great source of information and camaraderie, there have been some really helpful natural hair journey regimens shared in the community.

It’s been really cool kick it with the ladies and it seems that a lot of newly natural women have been helped a lot from the advice given by those with more experience.

Last week we had Johanna Denny’s natural hair journey to start this series and went over very well with our readers, so were going to keep this series of hair journey stories going from the BlackHairOMG family. If you’re part of the natural hair group and have a story to tell about your regimen or motivation for going natural, contact me on Facebook and I’ll tell you how to submit your story (300 word minimum), natural hair journey pictures and I’ll share it with the world.

So let’s get to it. Our 2nd ever family member natural hair journey….

My Natural Hair Journey #2: Sabrina Royster

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Sabrina Is All Smiles and Curls

Looking back, I’ve honestly been headed toward this journey since I was 10 years old. That’s the year I got my first relaxer.

That was the first year my hair fell out. I was devastated. However, when I turned 13, I tried a relaxer again. This time I tried a more mild relaxer thinking this would solve the problem. It took a year and a half before my hair fell out, but it all broke off–again. I was ashamed of my inability to grow hair the way everyone else seemed to accomplish so easily. My hair has never even been shoulder length. Since that first relaxer, I’ve done just about everything to my hair.

I cut it all off, colored it, pressed it, relaxed it, weaved it. There have been many ups and downs, but the most notable was spring of 2012.

I had started a natural journey in the winter of 2011 after the birth of my daughter. Her curls were beautiful and inspired me to rediscover my own. My twin sister and a good friend had both been natural for some time already so I decided to stop straightening my hair. I dyed it a rich brown hue and was loving every moment but struggling with styling and starting a good hair regimen. I made the unfortunate decision to go and get one last sew-in.natural hair growth journey The stress of a crumbling marriage, in conjunction with a weave braided and sewn in too tight left me with a bald spot the size of Kansas. Again I was devastated. I felt less of a woman with my crown destroyed.

I realize in hindsight that returning natural was just a small part on my larger journey to find myself. I started losing weight, did my first big chop and decided to do a year heatless. The colored ends slowly broke off and in 2014, I finally had an afro I could be proud of. My soon to be 4 year old daughter loves to get her natural styles and she always says she wants her hair to look just like mine!

I wanted to show her that she’s already beautiful the way she is and so am I. I’ve still got a lot to learn on this journey and when I want to give up, I stare at those big brown eyes looking up at me and press on. My ultimate goal? Long healthy beautiful hair completing our portrait of being just us.


A huge thanks to Sabrina for sharing your story about natural hair growth journey and natural hair journey pictures.

If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your “My natural hair journey” blogs, contact me there and I’ll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.kids with natural hair

The Guide To Co-Washing Natural Hair

Co-washing is becoming extremely popular with naturals. But why? What if I told you the best shampoo for natural black hair was NO shampoo at all? Would you believe me?

Well, you don’t have to believe me, you can take the advice of thousands of women that have the habit of co-washing natural hair on a regular basis. But before we talk about the benefits of this technique, let’s explain what it is. I’m pretty sure someone is reading this right now thinking “What is a co wash???”…

What is co-washing?

To co-wash natural hair simply means to wash your hair with conditioner instead of with shampoo. In other words, it’s “conditioner washing”. Many naturals have taken to this method of cleansing their hair without shampoo, but why?

The answer is simple, when you avoid using shampoo you are avoiding all of the harsh detergents, polymers, binders and fillers — in other words, all the harmful things that strip your natural hair and scalp of all of its healthy properties and nutrients. When you co-wash natural hair you’re cleansing with natural essential oils, botanicals and extracts.

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This leaves your hair in its healthiest state and giving your hair the best chance of staying hydrated and healthy after your wash.

Most co-washing conditioners have a small amount of gentle cleansers in them. Thousands of naturals can tell you that using conditioner to wash your hair works perfectly fine. Your hair is left clean, nourished and hydrated.

A curly girl has to take all measures to ensure that curls stay hydrated. A “no-poo” hair regimen that consists of regular co-washing can create beautifully nourished waves and curls.

Co-washing natural hair has become so popular that many natural hair care product companies are making co-washing cleansing conditioners along with gentle sulfate-free shampoos. Some women are OK with the gentle sulfate-free types and view them as the best shampoo for naturals, others avoid any type of shampoo regardless of claims that they are gentle on hair. It’s an individual decision.

20 Top Co-Wash & Cleansing Conditioners

In an effort to embrace or capitalize on the co-washing trend, many hair care companies are now offering co-wash and cleansing conditioners.

Co-washing, or conditioning washing, got its start as a part of the Curly Girl Method. It is a component of the “no poo movement,” these products can be used as an all-in-one product that cleans, hydrates, and conditions the hair in one step. They gently cleanse with no suds or sulfates, leaving your hair soft and frizz-free. Many of these can be used on a daily basis.

  1. WEN Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean
  2. DevaCare No Poo 
  3. Nothing But Co-washing Conditioner
  4. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
  5. Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Hair Co-Wash Conditioner
  6. L’Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
  7. Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
  8. As I Am Cleansing Pudding
  9. Mizani Co-Wash Conditioning Cream
  10. Ouidad Curl Co-Wash
  11. Eden Body Works All Natural Cleansing CoWash
  12. Sheamoisture Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser
  13. As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
  14. Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner
  15. L`Oreal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner
  16. Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Cleansing Conditioner Cream
  17. Hair One Olive Oil Cleansing Conditioner for Dry Hair
  18. Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner
  19. Curly Q’s Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream
  20. Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

If you want to learn more about how to co-wash natural hair check out this infographic below that was made by Krystal from www.youngblacknappy.com, she gives you some nice co washing tips.

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Is Co-Washing Right For You?

So are you wondering if co-washing is best for your hair? Everyones hair is different to some extent but in general, if your hair is kinky, very curly or tends to dry out quickly, there’s a good chance co-washing may help your hair. Conditioners help cleanse your hair because they many have traces of a detergent type called cationic surfactants, or “quats” for short. (Some common types that you may see on the ingredient list of your conditioners are behentrimonium and chloridecetrimonium.)

When mixed with water, the trace detergents wash away dirt, leaving your unshampooed hair feeling clean but not totally stripped of its natural oils. And of course, your hair gets conditioned from the conditioners that you are washing with. Washing without harsh shampoo helps your hair keep more of its natural oils and the conditioner’s moisturizing agents help leave hair strands silkier and softer than shampooed hair.

Assuming that they have healthy scalps, women with color-processed hair may also benefit from co-washing their hair because it will help them go longer before needing another salon treatment. Co-washing hair doesn’t strip your strands of pigment the way that traditional shampoo cleansing can. So it may save you money and a few trips to the salon when you co wash hair. But there are people who don’t have a need to co-wash hair.

If you don’t have any problem with your hair getting too dry or brittle after washing, you may not have any need for co-washing. It never hurts to try it out for a set period of time and see how your hair responds.

Who Should NOT Co-Wash Hair?

There are also women who should not co-wash hair at all. This would usually be people with really straight or limp hair, hair that could easily get weighed down with oils. Also, women with naturally oily scalps or dermatitis should avoid co-washing as well. Co-washing by itself will not help either condition and could even make things worse, women with these conditions should stick to their regular shampoo and conditioner routine.

My Natural Hair Journey – Johanna Denny

Hey Black Hair OMG family! This is the first of a series of natural hair journey stories that we’ll be doing to feature members of the Natural Hair Lovers – BlackHairOMG.com Facebook Group and I’m really excited about it.

The group has been amazing and extremely positive. It’s been amazing to see all of the beautiful naturals and aspiring naturals sharing tips and encouragement and I’ve been looking for a way to show my appreciation for them.

We’ve had natural hair journey stories before and without a doubt they were great, but this means more to me because this series is for the BlackHairOMG family exclusively. So they’ll be sending their stories and natural hair journey pictures in and I’ll be sharing it with the world as a way of saying thanks.

So let’s get to it. Our 1st ever family member natural hair journey….

My Natural Hair Journey: Johanna Denny

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I always went back and forth with my natural hair journeys as my mom started creaming (perming) my hair from back when I was very young. A few years back though, I had put in some braids and I had those braids in for a mighty long time. It was my friend’s birthday weekend and we decided to go out of town for clubbing. I wanted to get a fresh new look so I tried what my friend would do. She would take her weave out and cream her hair in that same day and moment. I guess that method wasn’t my kettle of tea as the cream irritated my scalp and burned me so badly that my heartbeat raced so hard I felt as though my chest was gonna pop. That night my friends laughed at me so hard, because of how I ran around Sydonie’s Kingston apartment creaming to the top of my lungs for burning pain.

A few hours into the morning after clubbing was through I looked into the mirror and saw a badly burnt scalp. I was so ashamed to let the guys on the outside of the club see the condition my scalp was in. Later that day I washed my hair to get the scabs out and decided that I would never hurt myself in this manner again. I decided that black hair in its natural state is beautiful and placing harsh chemicals in my scalp wasn’t true love for self. So I stopped.

Tried Locking and Then Big Chopping

I have tried locking my hair since then, because I wanted to escape the reality of having to comb black hair in its natural state each day and realized that wasn’t for me either. There are so many videos on YouTube that gives so many tips, tricks and styles in coping with black hair and I am determined to stay away from harsh chemicals.

When I cut my locks off everyone loved the new look. They were not at all negative, although a few preferred me with long hair, but it is just hair and it grows back. Many people are really getting a hang of kinky hair and when I wear mine many people call me an African Queen or Princess.

I believe if we accept our hair as black people in its natural state, it would change the way people of other ethnic backgrounds and even we ourselves see skin colour. If black hair is bad, then our skin colour is bad, but if black hair is good then our skin colour is good also. Understanding this can clamp down on many aspects of racism drastically.

I love my black hair!

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A huge thanks to Johanna for sharing your story about transitioning to natural hair and sharing your natural hair journey pictures.

If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your “My natural hair journey” story, contact me there and I’ll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.




Dad Does Daughter’s Natural Hair… See What Happens

Dad does daughter’s hair: And I enjoyed watching every minute of it.

As y’all know I like to dig through YouTube videos for cool videos from people I FEEL ain’t getting enough views and subscribers to their channel.

Our featured Unsung YouTuber today is DiscoveringNatural she has a great natural black hair care channel where she discusses the best natural hair products, great products for natural hair kids and more. Anyway…

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In this video, her husband tries his hand at doing his baby girl’s hair and I loved the video just to see the relationship between the two and in their family overall. We live in a messed up world, but not everything in this world is jacked up, well… his daughter’s hair might get jacked up. I ain’t gonna tell you if he does well or not though, you gotta watch for yourself. Take a look and see below..

 

If you are just finding out about DiscoveringNatural’s Channel, please go subscribe to her and leave her a comment telling her that BlackHairOMG sent you 🙂

She has great natural hair product reviews and besides her natural hair care videos they have a family YouTube  vlog that is just amazing. It’s like watching the real life Cosbys, ha.

10 Natural Hair Stereotypes Ladies Have To Deal With

Yup, I’m going there. I’m taking about some of the stupidest, silliest, and downright insulting assumptions natural hair stereotypes that are made about natural haired women.

We all get them and what makes it so shamefully sad is that many of these assumptions or stereotypes come from other women, co workers friends and even family members.

There are countless things to say about natural haired women that are positive, polite and perfectly right but if you’ve been natural for a while those comments are not as prevalent as the ones we’ll be discussing. Without further ado here are my top 10 stereotypes that naturalistas have to deal with daily:

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Lee’s Article Highlights:

Here are the 10 biggest stereotypes of naturals.
1. Natural are tree-hugging fanatics.
2. Naturals are political rebels.
3. All Naturals are vegan or vegetarian.
4. Naturals make all of their own products.
5. Naturals think women with relaxers are self-hating.
6. Some think natural hair is dirty (especially locs).
7. Naturals are hair obsessed.
8. All natural women love neo-soul or reggae.
9. All naturals are just fad-driven.
10. Natural hair is hard work.

♦ Some of these stereotypes are downright messed up (#6), some aren’t that bad (nothing wrong with neo-soul and making your own hair products). But either way, you can’t fit a whole group of people into a small box and that is often what happens. This was an interesting top 10 list of what some people think about when they see naturals. It goes without saying that people are often judged on their appearance, some more than others, so the way you choose to wear your hair will also be a factor. Some ladies won’t care what people think and others will. But it never hurts to know what the leading perceptions (or misperceptions) are out there.

♦ I don’t think these misperceptions should discourage, natural hair is becoming more and more mainstream and understood (and loved). Rockin’ your natural hair with pride and living your truth will only do good things as far as perception is concerned, because at the end of the day, your natural hair is a VERY GOOD thing that God gave you for a reason.

Many people have mistaken beliefs about things they don’t experience or don’t see for themselves. Having more and more natural-haired women “stylin’ on em” in the workplace, on the streets and wherever else will only prove what the natural hair movement really is. It’s beautiful women reclaiming their natural beauty. No more, no less (in most circumstances).

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Super-Mom Creates Black Dolls With Natural Hair

When Angelica Sweeting heard her young daughter wishing for blonde hair and white skin similar to her doll’s, she decided to create “The Angelica Doll” for little girls with curly hair, wider noses, and fuller lips.

The doll comes with hair that you can twist and knot just like real-life natural hair.

Sweeting’s Naturally Perfect Dolls Kickstarter campaign has already raised $23,000 of the $25,000 needed to launch production of the doll, which promotes positive beauty ideals and self-acceptance for young girls.

Sweeting and her daughters tested The Angelica Doll’s hair for eight months with common natural hair practices, such as twisting, bantu knotting, and curling, to make sure little girls could style and wash their doll’s hair exactly how they would do their own.

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Lee’s Article Highlights:

♦ First off, I want to to stress the importance of supporting Angelica’s business. If you have the means to do so you can help her get these dolls made for thousands of little girls by contributing to her kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/angelica/the-angelica-doll-a-natural-hair-doll-for-young-gi and hey, I know it’s hard out here on these skreets (yeah, I said SKREETS), so if you don’t have money to help her get these dolls made then just share this article. Someone else who reads this might contribute and it will be because you let them know about it through sharing this story.

♦ I always love products like these and BlackHairOMG is known for promoting these kinds of businesses and products because they make a difference, I just recently wrote about the coloring book for natural hair kids. When children grow up rarely seeing a positive reflection of themselves in the things that they are entertained by it has a negative psychological effect.

Angelica’s daughter thought that the standard of being beautiful was the dolls that she played with and nothing else. Little girls adore their dolls and so she began to adore what she was not and undervalue what and who she is. It’s not a conscientious choice she made, it is the mental conditioning that comes from being exposed only to what is the opposite of yourself and being told that it’s the most precious thing without seeing any alternatives. Natural hair dolls gives the girls a chance to see beautiful representations of themselves.

♦ This serves as a lesson to myself and you as well as far as business goes too. When you see something missing, something that is needed… MAKE IT. It’s much more effective than wishing and hoping for something and it’s a great opportunity to build a business, make money while giving people something they need and want. More people need to have the entrepreneurial spirit like Angelica. I’m supporting her, I hope you will too.

P.S. Join our Facebook Natural Hair Group & kick it with the OMG Army!

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Join Our Natural Hair Forum On Facebook!

Thanks to the OMG Army the natural hair forum on Facebook is over 1500+ strong. The natural hair group is a great place to get and give natural hair tips, advice and support.

Come join and share natural hair care articles on our natural hair forum and discuss natural hair related news that you’ve found across the web with other Natural Hair Lovers in this group. Both women and men are welcome, as long as you love the natural hair movement.

It’s a place for positivity and encouragement.

Join our community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/natural.hair.blackhairomg

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Join our FB natural hair forum and let’s talk.

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Curly Kids Coloring Book – Natural Hair Styles For Kids

Curl Centric has created a new natural hair styles for kids coloring book to give children a positive portrayal of curly-haired people, so they don’t feel isolated by one of their defining features.

Unfortunately, kinky curly hair is often considered a nuisance for those who have it, but its true potential is far more varied than straight hair can be. Unfortunately for curly-haired children, their minority status can see them subject to bullying and derision. As such, it is important that this is counterbalanced with positive messages.

Because the media can’t be counted on to portray curly hair in a positive light, people have been left looking for alternatives, and Curl Centric has provided one. They have just published a new Natural Hair Coloring Book for children with curly hair.

The Curly Kids Coloring Book is a new product, and was created because Curl Centric understands the importance of representation. It is important for little girls with textured hair to see images that look like them. The coloring book features more than thirty different images, including action shots, mermaids, princesses and ballerinas with natural hair.

The girls in the coloring books have also arranged their hair in a variety of styles that range from cornrow braids, puffs, two strand twists, bantu knots, wash and gos, locs and many more, to show girls with curly hair the amazing potential their hair has to be defined and redefined.

A spokesperson for Curl Centric explained, “Those with naturally curly hair in the media tend to straighten it, leaving little girls without role models. The coloring book is designed to fill that void and offset the lack of representation. This is just the beginning however, and showing girls it’s possibly to have a curly-haired princess or action hero will open them up to a world of possibilities for their own hair, many of which can be found on our website. The book is available now at Amazon for $5.99.


Lee’s Article Highlights:

  • I wholeheartedly agree with what Curl Centric is doing, they realize that little girls need to see themselves and associate representations of themselves as something pleasant and positive. Natural hair styles for kids is something to be proud of and they need to know that as they grow up. I look forward to seeing more and more products like this in the future, they are long overdue.
  • If you think that products like this are important, you need to show your support and let others know about it too. Many positive products die on the shelf because they don’t get the same level of attention as less-valuable products that get promoted.
  • The Curly Kids Coloring Book contains more than 30 coloring pages for little girls. The coloring book features a wide variety of natural hair styles for kids, the little girls are wearing natural hair buns, puffs, braids, afros (or low styles), updos, twist-outs, and bantu-knots. Get the colored pencils, crayons, water colors and makers ready. The coloring book is recommended for children age 1 year and older.

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Natural Hair School: African Hair Braiding & More

Had no idea that you could earn a natural hair care license? Don’t feel bad. Many don’t realize how big the natural hair movement is, you will soon be able to find a natural hair school online that’ll push your career to the next level.

You might be surprised with all of the current drama about U.S. officials trying to shut down braiding schools but the black cosmetology school and natural hair trend is taking off.

In the video you’ll learn a bit about the Rare Essence Academy, it’s a natural hair training platform with the primary focus of teaching members key business principles, natural hair styling fundamentals, and advanced styling techniques.

They offer various forms of education, such as video lectures and step-by-step tutorials targeting specific natural hair needs. No matter your level of experience or ability, if you have a passion and motivation to learn more about natural hair styling then you probably benefit from their courses at Rare Essence Academy. Learn how to be a in-demand natural hair artist and entrepreneur in the natural hair industry.

Rare Essence Academy understands that technology is a driving force in any field in today’s advanced world, that’s why they have committed to providing a wealth of knowledge to every natural hair artist student. Rare Essence Academy has made its curriculum accessible from any mobile device so that their students are never disrupted when trying to access course material. They are here to be a principal online resource with flexible scheduled courses for even the busiest natural hair artist.

What a Great Natural Hair School Does

Rare Essence Academy is an online Natural Hair Training Platform with a focus on business accommodating entrepreneurs who want to excel in the natural hair industry. Their natural hair academy is designed to cultivate natural hair artists into businesswomen and self-driven innovators. My only gripe is that they don’t have any cosmetology schools in Detroit Michigan. My hometown would be the perfect place for a natural hair school. But hopefully REA gets some natural hair and cosmetology schools in Detroit Michigan soon.

Natural Hair Movement: The Controversial Anthem

This natural hair movement video carries a powerful message for women who have gone natural or those who are going natural. But Essence Farmer’s video is also a bit controversial for some.

Although for the majority of women who viewed the video it’s seen as highly-inspirational and it really communicated to them the fact that their natural hair, as well as themselves in totality, are naturally beautiful and MORE than acceptable. Some women had issues with the strong words in the natural hair movement speech.
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Some women who are not interested in going natural have said that they were a bit turned off by the video. One woman said that she feels the naturalista in the video is preaching bias against women who choose not to go natural and in her opinion, that’s equal to what “euro-centric society” is doing to black women as a whole. Making them feel not worthy of being seen as beautiful.

Well, I personally liked the message of the video and thought Essence did a great job with her anthem/poem. But I’ll admit she does kind of “go in” on women who like to perm their hair and chemically straighten it. Check out the video…

I’ll also say that not everybody thinks of women who don’t go natural as weak or naive. Some women like what they like and that’s it. Tell me what you think, does Essence’s natural hair movement poem go to far? Or is she dead on?Let me know what you think below in the comment section.