Would you believe I had never seen my natural hair until I did the 'big chop' and started growing it in 2014.
I had permed hair since the age of 4 and whilst I loved my permed hair at the time, I eventually became bored of it and shaved off my sides in 2012. This was followed by a season of me bleaching, colouring and continuing to perm my hair, until it started looking like indomie (african noodles). It was so damaged, I was forced to cut it all off.
I started transitioning in December 2013 and 'big chopped' in April 2014. Yes! this was my hair, unshaped, short and wild! I didn't have a clue what to do with my mini fro, so I had to educate myself as to what my tight curls needed!
I started off co-washing my hair every two weeks (washing it with a conditioner), this was because normal shampoo's caused my hair to become dry, which would stunt its growth and cause my hair to break. Until I started using sulphate free shampoo's, this allowed my scalp to maintain it's natural oils, leaving my hair with more moisture and promoting growth. I then developed a 'natural hair routine' which incorporated my home made conditioners and my sulphate free shampoo.
I used ONLY home made conditioners on my hair, as I knew a normal store conditioner did not have the nutrients in it needed to improve the 'feel appearance and manageability' of my hair. My next blog post will give you a detailed recipe into what I use in my home made conditioners.
I then had to figure out how I was going to protect my hair, I didn't want to use braids as I wanted to hang onto my edges. I resulted to wigs, which allowed me to protect my hair from the harsh British weather which made it dry. I taught myself how to make wigs and over the years I have perfected my craft. Please use the booking system if you are interested in purchasing a custom made unit.
This is my hair today, long,strong and growing daily. I will be releasing a natural hair blog post on here regularly, giving you all the tips, tricks and routines needed to get you to your desired length. Remember ladies, moisture and protection are you natural hair's best friends!