Transitioning "Scab Hair" & Follicle Shape Change Theory...

If you have not read any hair science books from certified trichologist (hair and scalp specialist) and health scientist, Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, you are missing out on a WEALTH of information.

In her book The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals the health scientist shares some interesting insights about the "scab hair" phenomenon and how the Follicle Shape Change Theory plays a major role. Below we share some of what we learned from her book and you'll also get links to her best-seller works at the end of this article. Check out what we learned from her about...

Perming and It's AFTER-EFFECTS when Transitioning

According to the scalp specialist, one major way that perms and other relaxers may have an effect on your scalp can be heard in the natural hair community's debates about the myth or reality of "The Science of Transitioning:: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals by [Davis-Sivasothy, Audrey]scab hair". Since it's impossible to form an actually scab on hair follicles we'll refer to it as "transitional hair".

Transitional hair is a phenomenon that many new naturals experience just after their Big Chop, and it is defined as a combination of dry, wiry and semi-straight natural hair that does not have a defined curl or coil pattern, even with the best curl defining products.

This transitional hair (aka "scab hair") is usually isolated to the first few inches of new growth that emerges after you've stopped relaxing with chemicals. Nobody knows for sure what the cause is for these changes to your hair - but there are some really good theories and we'll talk about it right now.

Follicle Shape Change Theory

According to the "Follicle Shape- Change Theory", extra-dry, unpredictable transitional hair is caused by actual physical changes to the hair follicles' structure as a result of the long-term use of chemical relaxers.

Transitional hair is a temporary hair situation that is usually resolved as the follicle heals and the hair grows and settles into its permanent natural arrangement.

Some naturals are convinced that "scab hair" is a hair care industry myth or that it's something that was dreamed up by new naturals and transitioners to explain away their unwanted hair textures.

But for those who feel they have experienced "scab hair" or transitional hair themselves, it is all too real. But, since there's no specific scientific research to prove or disprove that transitional hair exists, theories are all we have to work with at the moment. But the proof is in the puddin' as they say.

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Check out these best-selling SCIENCE OF HAIR books from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, her most popular book is The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.

The information we learned and spoke about in this article is from The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals, available HERE: https://amzn.to/2L5qZ9b

If Natural Hair Was a Cult... Is This Funny?

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OK, so we're definitely living in the era of satin hair wraps, coconut oil & #BlackGirlMagic

And I ain't mad at it. Not one teeny weeny bit!  🙂

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The natural hair movement is so strong that The Curl Club decided to poke a little fun (in a light-hearted way) and imagine if the natural hair movement were a cult. They used a lot of imagination and creativity to think up this off-the-wall scenario.

It is hilarious!

The video is going SUPER VIRAL and is causing a lot of interesting conversation between large groups of naturals and even non-naturals as well.

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We've even seen friends jokingly tagging each other on Facebook saying stuff like "This is soooo you!!"

And of course, there are some people taking the video waaaaaay too seriously and are even offended, I don't exactly understand what there is too get upset about, but hey, some people will find a reason to complain no matter what you do.

But for all y'all that just enjoy a good laugh this will be right up your alley.

Anyway, check it out and enjoy the humor. The end of this video cracked me up, home girl had no idea what she was walking into.

Enjoy! And please leave your thoughts and comments below... Did it make you laugh too?
 

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Natural Hair Journey With Lizzy - 7 Months After Big Chop!

Meet Lizzy, a new natural that is enjoying her natural air journey after doing The Big Chop a few months ago. Get to know her in this introductory video and follow her as she shares what she has learned and is learning as she embraces her naturally beautiful hair!
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Best Curl Defining Products For YOUR Natural Hair Texture!

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POW!!!! Curl Pop Central!

Looking for the best curl defining products to define your natural hair coils and curls?

Look no further because we’ve put together a selection of products that will make those curls pop. Now these products don’t claim to CREATE curls, but they will definitely define and ENHANCE your natural curl pattern and tame the frizziness.

If you’re not a wash-n-go type of girl, you can use these natural hair products for your natural hair braid outs and twist outs for amazing results.

First, check out this video from Crystal Michelle as she shows you her choice of the best curl defining cream and hair custard products and then see all of her favorites(plus our favorites) listed below with reviews from other naturals!

Best Curl Defining Products Video From Crystal Michelle

 

Curl Defining Products Reviews From Other Naturals

1. Aunt Jackies Curl La La Defining Curl Custard

"Amazing Definition!" 

By SharLia

curl defining-productsI'm less than 24 hours natural (just got my relaxed ends cut today) and this is the first product I've used. Let me say, prior to putting this in hair my curl definition was non-existent. This stuff tightened my curl pattern, and made my hair incredibly soft, and moisturized. I can't stop touching it.

I'm going to have to pick up some more, because I have never had a natural hair product work AND be so affordable. I love my natural hair but with this stuff i love it even more...TRY IT!

2. Bio Infusion Curl Creme

This curl pomade is the BOMB. Works great on dry hair. The curl creme is good but it has a LOUD fragrance... It's not as noticeable the next day. If you have thin hair you may want avoid this product. Bio infusion curl creme is paraben and sulfate free (SEE THIS ARTICLE to avoid the most dangerous product ingredients). You don't have to use a lot of the product to get the defined curl look that you want. You get a good bang for your buck with this one.

3. Darcy Botanical Sweet Coco Bean Curl Smoothing Cream

"Great for high porosity curly hair"

By Sheri

My hair requires a lot of moisture, and it's texture ranges from silky curls to frizz. I put the Darcy Botanical Sweet Coco Bean Curl Smoothing Cream product on my wet hair and let it dry naturally. My hair feels healthier and the curls are more pronounced. I also used a botanical spray gel for curly hair, to tame the frizzy sections and to have a more manageable style. I'm pleased with this product- and I like the vanilla bean smell, and would definitely purchase again!

3. Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream

"Wonderful Curling Cream"

By Rebecca Cunningham

I bought this at Target I have used the co-wash and leave in conditioner which both are great. Cantu's products are on the low end for natural hair care and it delivers what it promises. I have used Miss Jessie's in the past which is ridiculously priced and doesn't curl my hair like this. I do not even have to use gel for the style to stay I love it. I have regular black folk hair with a little water, leave in conditioner and this product it curls just fine. I have also used Carols daughter Healthy Hair Butter which also brings out the curl pattern but I have to use a little gel with that to maintain the curls. Use what works on your hair do not go broke trying to find a natural hair care product to give your hair curls that it was not created to have. Enjoy the texture God gave you and be blessed.

4. Edens Bodyworks All Natural Curl Defining Cream

"My Go-To Curl Defining Magic!"

By Karen J.

Yes, I like this product and it has become by base product from which others are judged. curl defining-products edenIt is trusted and never let's me down. I even achieved my first wash and go with this product on 4b/c hair. It produced loose coily curls. Another good product for Wash and Go is the As I Am Naturally line and it produces a tighter coil and a different Wash and Go look.

My daughter who has more 4c than b does not achieve a wash and go with this product. Perhaps her hair needs more moisturizing since she is swimming everyday this summer, before she can achieve a wash and go with this product.

The product is primarily used to keep my ends and overall hair moisturized. On my hair it produces a soft hold. I am still very heavy handed using products so it is also oily to the touch, but that should change as I master the use of styling products.

Outstanding trustworthy product.

5. SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

"Perfect"

By A. Allen

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is an EXCELLENT creme hair dress and conditioner--think Vitapointe Creme Daily Hairdress, 7 Ounce or Liv Creme Hairdressing and Conditioner kicked up a dozen notches just for curls. No mineral oil, petroleum and beeswax--Shea, coconut , mango, aloe silk protein instead!

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This product is best used just as you would a creme hairdressing. I use this in the same may my mother used Liv on my hair when I was little for braids/braid-outs, finger curls, twist/twist-outs and smoothing ponytails. It works great as a layer on wet hair. Use it after your leave-in conditioner and before your sealing oil. You only need a tiny bit for shine, moisture and de-frizzing . I tap my finger lightly into the product for each braid, twist etc. and take a little more only if I need it.

Do not expect hold from this product! I DO NOT use it to set my "wash and go". Curl Enhancing Smoothie is not intended to perform like an Eco Styler Gel or Kinky Curly Curling Custard. On the other hand, because the product hydrates curls, it is great for finishing your "wash and go" or "rod set" after it dries. It's also great for refreshing second day hair because it helps curls to spring back and smooths frizz.

My best advice for using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is use it to do what it's supposed to do.

6. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Review From BlackHairOMG Staff:

So many naturals tell us that Kinky-Curly Curling Custard is a tough natural hair product to master. It’s full of nourishing botanicals like agave nectar extract, aloe vera juice and marshmallow, and has a very slippery and goopy texture. curl defining products A little goes a long way, as it instantly clumps and smoothes your coils. Expect extremely shiny and springy coils. Although it works best on very tight, coarse coils in the “4” category, it might pack too much of a punch for loose curls.

Overall, ladies love this product for natural hair! It works great on hair that is 4a-4c and this natural hair product helps to define your curls and coils beautifully. We've noticed that some of the curly hair product reviewers are saying that this Kinky-Curly Curling Custard does not work for their 4-something type hair. The real problem is that some people don't truly understand their hair type. 4a type hair has S shaped strands with small yet a defined curl pattern and 4b hair generally has Z-shaped strands with no defined curl or coil pattern.

Remember that this product is not a chemical curl enhancer or a hair relaxer, therefore it won't give 4b hair a curl pattern when it doesn't already have one. Our suggestion to all those unsure of your natural hair type is to wash all products/oils/gels out of your hair with a clarifying shampoo then condition, rinse and air dry your hair. If you do not have defined curls or coils and your hair looks like a lovely soft fluffy cloud then you have gorgeous 4b hair. If you have 4b hair don't bother buying this product for Wash-n-Gos. Instead use it for twist-outs or braids-outs for similar results.

Be warned.... Some believe that regular Wash-n-Gos are unhealthy for type 4 hair anyway - the reason being the tangling that comes from 4a/b hair's super shrinkage may lead to breakage. It's recommended that all hair in the type 4 range be kept moist and stretched with ends protected at all times to keep breakage and tangling at a minimum. Many type 4 naturalistas are able to retain 6" of hair growth a year following this rule so give it a try.

Oh and KCCC works really great when you pair it with a superior leave in conditioner like Kinky-Curly Knot Today or Sensories Smooth Passionflower and Aloe leave in. Other curly hair products that are worth mentioning are Deva curl products for curly hair, we will have a few reviews on their best curl defining products very soon so subscribe to BlackHairOMG today for future updates!

 

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Natural Hair Puff Tutorial for Type 4B/4C Natural Hair

natural hair puffThe natural hair puff is a go-to look for many stylish naturalistas.

The great thing about the natural hair afro puff is that you can use the style whether your hair is long or short.

This amazing high puff tutorial from I Am Posh Syd is specifically aimed at naturals with 4b and 4c type hair, but in reality many other naturals with different hair types can use this useful. Below we will also give you a list of the natural hair products she used to achieve her look.

 

Products used for Posh's Natural Hair Puff:

How To Do The High Puff on Short Natural Hair

After doing the Big Chop in order to go natural many ladies realize that they have no idea what to do with their ‘do.

The time period following the Big Chop is the perfect time to start building a relationship with your kinks, coils and twists. It is also the time when your luscious locs need the most tender, loving care and when you will train your hair how to retain its moisture.

Instead of covering you hair up and waiting for it to grow long, try a cute high puff on short natural hair. Creating this natural hair puff style should begin with damp, moisturized hair. If it is not wash day use a spray bottle to dampen hair and apply a great moisturizer. The natural hair puff style will work with hair as short as 1 inch long.

Hair Puffed Up

The secret to a full puff on short hair is to not put your hair in a ponytail but to use a headband to create the puff.

  1. Moisten your hair with water and apply moisturizer.
  2. Use a wide tooth comb and soft bristled brush to direct hair up to the top of the head.
  3. Place the large headband around your neck.
  4. Apply edge control, pomade or gel around the edges and nape and smooth with the soft brush.
  5. Pull your headband up to your forehead and while using both hands slide the headband up until desired puff side is reached. The farther back you slide the band the smaller the puff will be.
  6. Fluff out puff, smooth edges and add hair accessories if desired.

Hair Puffed Out Style

  1. Complete steps 1-5 above.
  2. Instead of pulling the headband straight back pull one side of the band over to the side -Example: If you want the hair to fall to the right pull the left side of the band over to the right.
  3. Continue to step 6 above. Fluff your hair to cover the band.

Natural Hair Puff Around Version

  1. Part hair from ear-to-ear and create a short side part on whichever side you prefer.
  2. Create a braid or flat twist on each side of the part to frame the face (use of a holding product is optional).
  3. Use bobby pins to secure the ends of each braid at the back of the head.
  4. Fluff out the remaining hair.

Warning About Wrapping Your Hair Too Tight

As if a banging headache isn't bad enough, using super-tight headbands all day for the sake of a cute natural hair puff can put you at risk for traction alopecia, it's no joke.  As the headband squeezes your head, it’s actually s-l-o-w-l-y sliding its way up, pulling your hair along with it. You can lose hair from those pressure points, namely the very front of your head, the temple region and the points a few inches behind your ears.

Try this:

  • Soak your headband in an oil. The oil will help loosen the elastic bonds a bit. Afterwards, pre-stretch the band before you begin wearing it. Wrap it around a chair back or something wide enough to give a good stretch so that by the time you put it on, it won’t be as tight as when it was fresh “out the box”.
  • Make sure your hair is well-moisturized. Even when taking all the necessary precautions, you can still be at risk for breakage if you wear a hair accessory like a headband or scarf on hair that is in need of moisture. Those dry and thirsty strands are more prone to hair breakage.
  • Use a thin satin or silk scarf instead. You’re better able to control how tight your hair will be as you tie the scarf to form your natural hair puff. The main benefits of using silk and satin instead of cotton is that they won’t suck the moisture out of your precious hair.
  • Try pantyhose. It works! Pantyhose are nice and stretchy. Cut the foot and top of one side of an old pair lengthwise, so you have a piece long enough to wrap around the circumference of your head at least once. Like the shoelace, just tuck the excess in or use a couple bobby pins to secure the ends in place.
  • Use a shoelace. Yeah that's right! Look, your hair is going to cover it up anyways so don’t be worried about it. Most shoelaces are plenty long enough to allow room to “give” and then whatever excess you have left hanging, just tuck it underneath and no one will know!
  • Take a break. A natural hair puff can be a great go-to style for its simplicity but constantly wearing the same hair accessories day after day after day can definitely cause unwanted wear and tear on your hair.

Hopefully these tips can help you on your way to natural hair puff perfection without sacrificing comfort and safety!

Recap of Products She Uses To Get The Natural Hair Puff:

And that's all you need and all you have to do to get a cute natural hair puff!

101 Short Hairstyles For Black Women - Natural Hairstyles

Short hairstyles for black women is one of the natural hairstyles that many newly natural women use. Especially after a big chop in the first year of transitioning to natural, it's beautiful!

Even among women who are not into the natural hair movement, short haircuts are very popular and there are a ton of great hair products for short hair now. More than ever.

When done right, these styles are definitely fierce and display a woman's confidence. So we're going to give you 101 amazing styles to give you some new ideas that you can try for yourself.

You can also share this article with your friends who never seem to find a hairstyle that they like.

Advantages of Short Hairstyles for Black Women

One things is for sure – short hair will never go out of style. Also, the shorter your hair is, the easier it is to switch hair hues and manage your  curls. Short hairstyles are easy to care for and will save you a bunch of time in the morning when getting ready for work.

We collected 101 pictures of ladies who look great with their short hairstyles. They might inspire you to find a great style for yourself.

Real talk, cutting your hair in order to embrace natural hairstyles after a lifetime perming and chemically damaging your hair, may be one of the best decisions ever. There’s an extensive list of reasons why short hairstyles are the best option for some women. If you feel like you still want to discover new short hairstyles for black women for your cropped tresses try using these 101 natural hairstyles. Many women say that their hair feels healthier, it dries much more predictably when it's short.

Experimenting with a close-cut ‘do after doing the big chop has been called "liberating" by many naturals. And there are so many things you can do with short natural hairstyles, you can try layered haircuts, curly hair short styles,  It makes perfect sense that cutting your hair short feels like a cleanse.

Some Of The Style You'll Find In Our Short Hairstyles For Black Women Gallery

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  • short on the sides hairstyle
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  • natural hairstyles for work
  • hair cuts with coloring
  • curly short hairstyle

Enjoy these natural hairstyles photos and natural hairstyles for short hair. If you want to get reviews of the best natural hair products you can get product reviews right here. And we also have selected our favorite natural hair products for short hair.

How to Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair In 7 Steps

Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair when beginning your natural hair journey is a common experience.

To go from permed to natural hair, you have two options: Transitioning or The Big Chop. Which one you choose is entirely up to you. There's no textbook right way or wrong way to begin your natural hair journey. It doesn’t matter how you get there, it's about getting there and doing what you're most comfortable with doing.

The transition from relaxed hair to natural hair can be a challenge - sometimes dealing with split ends, odd curly bits, and some hair breakage. But don't give up, it's not called a "journey" for nothing, all journeys have some bumps in the road. But rest assured that your hair is on a route to recovery. Getting back to your "natural" beauty is a beautiful thing and an interesting road to self discovery.

What Does Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair Mean?

Like we talked about earlier, transitioning is a way to avoid cutting all of your hair off, doing "The Big Chop" as it is called.

Transitionintransitioning from relaxed to natural hairg your hair to natural is the process of eliminating all chemical treatments and allowing your natural hair to grow out while gradually trimming the chemically-processed ends away. It takes time and patience but for many women it is worth the wait because they may be uncomfortable big chopping.

Most women who transition to natural hair slowly trim their relaxed ends away as they grow the relaxer/perm out of their hair, this also helps to keep breakage manageable and it gives your hair a more healthy appearance.

Pros of Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair :

  • You have the time to learn about your particular hair type.
  • If you are not comfortable with short hair, then you can avoid that adjustment period, and avoid the wait of growing your hair back out.
  • During transitioning you have the time to perfect your hair styling skills.

Cons of Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair :

  • The texture of your hair will not be consistent: which means if you decide to wear your hair in a braid out or twist out style the root of your hair might be curly while your ends will be bone straight (To avoid this simply roll the ends of your hair with rods or rollers).
  • The process of transitioning takes longer than if you just did “the big chop”.

How to Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair In 7 Steps

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #1

Keep your hair hydrated. The biggest struggle with transitioning your hair is preventing breakage due to dryness and damage. Do what you can to keep your hair conditioned and fully hydrated by using a conditioner on a regular basis. Every night before bed, thoroughly moisturize your hair with either coconut oil or olive oil and let it soak in good for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This will help replenish your hair with nutrients that will strengthen the demarcation line (the part of the hair where the transition is happening).

  • When you wash your hair, add a little conditioner to your strands prior to shampooing. This will help to keep the shampoo from stripping all the moisture. Then, condition as usual.
  • Consider using a leave-in conditioner for your hair during the day. Apply some to your hair before you style it, paying careful attention to the demarcation line.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #2

Use a deep conditioner regularly. Deep conditioning treatments take moisturizing your hair to the next level. Although deep conditioners are usually only used once a month or so, you need to do it more often when transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Purchase a deep-conditioning treatment for naturals and apply it to your hair at least once every 7 days. Or if you have the money to do so, you can go to the hair salon once a week and get deep-conditioning treatments regularly.

  • Follow the bottle instructions for your deep conditioner.
  • If your money is low, another great alternative to a deep conditioner is using mayonnaise. Although it sounds a little gross, it can work wonders on adding moisture to your hair. Apply it to your hair once a week for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • If you decide to have a professional deep condition your hair, try looking for someone who specializes in transitioning hair. They’ll be able to provide you with products and services designed specifically to meet your needs.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #3

Don't put heat on your hair, it's a natural hair killer. In general, hot tools should be avoided if you’re trying to protect your hair. Using curling irons, flat irons, and blow driers can stress your hair and cause breakage, specifically at the line of demarcation. While transitioning your hair, do all that you can to allow it to be as natural as possible. Avoid hot tools, and if necessary, limit their use to only one day a week at most.

  • If you absolutely must use hot tools, keep them away from the demarcation line and avoid using them on your roots where your natural grow-out is forming.

 

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #4

Limit the amount of times you wash your hair. This goes hand in hand with adding moisture to your hair; washing your hair frequently strips your hair of its natural oils that help keep it strong. So limit hair washing and some women have had great success with co-washing natural hair. If you’re able, only wash your hair once every 7-8 days so that there is plenty of time for your natural oils to thoroughly coat each strand of hair and bring them to life.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #5

Promote hair growth with supplements. Maintaining your vitamins and minerals is important to general health (in addition to hair health), but taking certain supplements can strengthen your hair and speed up hair growth super fast. Doctors recommend taking biotin or viviscal (read reviews for viviscal here...)- these are supplements used specifically for promoting hair and nail growth.

Additionally, making sure you have enough vitamin D and vitamin A will help your hair too.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #6

Avoid putting chemicals in your hair. Although it may seem like a given, you to stay away from all perms and hair relaxers when trying to transition your hair. In addition, stay away from hair dyes and bleach, as these cause significant damage to your hair, causing it to break and become frizzy. Look for all natural alternatives to chemicals you typically use, as these will be much safer on your scalp and strands than harsh chemicals are.

That's It!

You now know exactly how to transition from relaxed hair to natural while beginning natural hair journeys. It's a truly beautiful thing to see the amazing styles and natural beauty on display. Please feel free to ask more questions of other natural in the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG Group!

Keep it natural Kiddos!!!

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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

Natural Hair Restoration - How Ms.Jass Beat Alopecia [Video]

Are you looking to restore your natural hair? Natural hair restoration is big business these days, mainly because so many women are dealing with hair loss that was brought on by harsh chemicals that don't belong anywhere near your sensitive scalp or a genetic illness.

Tons of women are dealing with alopecia, this is far more serious than simply having a "bad hair day", this problem can give you a "bad hair life".natural hair restoration

The problem has gotten so bad for some women that they've had to turn to doctors. Hair transplants are on the rise among women who have permed the life out of their scalp.

Well, if you are losing your hair or have lost it you'll be happy to know that you may not need to go as far as hair transplants in your attempts of natural hair restoration. I found an excellent of women who restored her natural hair with a few natural hair products, attention to detail and consistency.

So let's check these ladies out and see exactly what they did in their hair loss restoration efforts.

Natural Hair Restoration With Jass

Jass naturally cured her Alopecia Areata (AA). She suffered with this problem for years and years. Her doctor even told her that she'd ALWAYS have the condition. My hair may either grow back or fall out again. Well... She proved her doctor wrong and hopefully many other women will follow in her footsteps on the journey back to a full head of hair.

Jass breaks down for you the exact ingredients she used and how to make the concoction. I also placed a list of links to the hair restoration products she mentioned below the video.

1 Year Natural Natural | Alopecia Hair Growth Success

 

 

Ingredients:
20 oz- 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
Black Jamaican Castor Oil (BJCO)
Jojoba Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Vitamin E
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil

Use on natural hair at night and rinse it out in the morning.

 

How Did I Get Fast Hair Growth?

 

So when it comes to hair restoration, women(and some men too) need to work hard like Jass, use the best hair restoration right products, and be consistent in your actions and your belief that it will work. Remember, Jass' doctor told her she may never be cured from alopecia and that even the best hair loss restoration tactics may not work. So what did she do?

SHE went to work on fixing the problem and regrowing her hair. Jass is proof of that natural hair restoration can be done if you're willing to do what it takes.



Natural Hair Helps Cure The Soul....

When we decide to go natural, we are consciously deciding to embrace our natural hair and subconsciously deciding to accept our true selves.

Meaning, we are making the choice to be independent of all external sources of "beauty" by showing the world who we really are and relieving ourselves of permed strands for kinky tresses. We are deciding to let go of the fear of not being accepted and deciding to embrace our true-selves. These are some of the key components of self-love.

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Lee's Article Highlights:

  • I loved the point about how naturals are changing what they look on the outside while transforming what they are inside. It's so true. I've often said to friends that most natural women have a different swag and confidence. That confidence makes them sexier and more fun to be around. True some people will always have an ugly spirit no matter what, but for the most part, naturals are transforming as people in a positive way.
  • It takes true confidence to KNOW you are beautiful and believe that, I want my daughter to feel that type of confidence. Just know that, you are not alone. The world is starting to recognize your beauty, something that's been covered up for too long.
  • Just realize that going natural is more than what is happening on top of your head, it has a lot to do with what's happening inside of your head. Keep going, and know that you have support.It's a beautiful thing.

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