I follow a lot of natural hair pages, hashtags, and influencers on Instagram. I'm always intrigued by their hair techniques, styles, colors, and products, which became my inspiration to color my hair again. And I'm so happy I did!
In October, my best friends and I attended the Bella Kinks expo in Dallas, Texas (see previous post). The natural hair expo launched founder Julian Rado’s new hair care brand, Adwoa Beauty.
I didn't get to purchase the products in Dallas, but I knew I had to try it out after seeing the hype on social media. And I've been amazed ever since. Keep reading this post for more details on this brand and the products I use.
On Friday, I went to the hair salon to get a silk press + trim. I can't really remember the last time I went to an actual salon for a press because my hair is really not built for that life anymore. Even though I did straightened my hair in August for my birthday, it literally lasted for two hours and wasn't professionally done.
And that's the thing - my hair usually looks great for a couple of hours, depending on weather, personal body heat temperature, and quality of styling/products. So all of these factors had me a little worried that I would waste money to just have clipped ends.
But y'all, I am SUPER IMPRESSED with the way my hair came out and it lasted for longer than Friday!
Today starts my 7-day cruise vacation! This will be my first time traveling outside of the U.S. - and no, Canada doesn't count because it's around the corner from us here - and first cruise, so I'm excited to see what's in store.
Family and friends know I am a meticulous, early, and heavy packer, like crazy bag lady packer. I tend to start packing 2-4 weeks before to make sure I have everything I need and are in order. But this time around, it's been the complete opposite. I finished packing two days before leaving and still had errands like crazy the day before.
For this trip, I only shopped for essentials, like toiletries and flip flops. I surprisingly had enough clothes I liked to not buy new ones, which somewhat sucked lol. Below, I'm going to talk about how I pack my essentials to ensure everything is in place, so expect to see multiple bags and components - remember bag lady.
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When it comes to natural hair, there are tons of essentials; we're going to cover what, especially helps me, defines productive styles, such as twist + braid outs, wash n'go's, etc. Stylers, like gel, cream, pudding, and lotion based products, formulate definition and moisture in the hair shafts to ensure the style is kept and hydrated.
While I am no hair expert, I know what products and techniques work well for my hair. I am in love with certain brands, and stay far away from others.
Depending on your hair's thickness, you may not need gels and need cream based, or vice versa. I mostly use cream bases for my twist outs, but gels, for my occasional wash n go's, have been working for my hair a lot lately; it has been way better than when I first started doing natural hairstyles - gel was an enemy to me then lol.
Natural hair is all about finding what works for you, despite what others say works for them. It is a LOT of trial and error, changing up the methods, and being patience with your hair and self. Once you manage to control those three aspects, you will experience amazing results and feel accomplished by knowing what's for you.
Below is a list of my favorite stylers; I totally recommend each one, however always consider price, availability of product in your area, and if it could work for you. Research the products on the brand's website, read articles, and watch YouTube (such a lifesaver sometimes) to truly find out what products will work for your hair type, if you don't know, and if it is something you are willing to purchase.
P.S. I am implementing affiliate links into some of my posts this year! This is my first one and it's affiliated with Sally Beauty. All links will direct you to the product on their website!
My journey into natural hair began over three years ago. I hesitated in taking the plunge because I was used to heat styling almost every single day and getting relaxers regularly as a child and up into my teenage years. I worried about how I would style my hair knowing it wouldn't be straight - I cringed as a child wearing an Afro or anything similar. Straight was the style I wanted and pretty much achieved it, but at the price of damaging my hair.
Looking back on it now, I laugh about how silly I was being almost. Yes, I was a child who didn't care about the health of my hair, but I wish I could go back and realize that my hair was perfect. I would NEVERRR go back to weekly straightening or worse - a relaxer. Natural hair, in its truest form, is beautiful, unique, and perfectly crafted for each woman and man who embraces it- I wish I could've grasped this concept earlier in my life. I'm so glad I did!
Since becoming natural, I've started buying products (like crazy), trying different brands, and methods to see how I want to style my hair and getting the moisture-protein balance right. But one thing I haven't done yet is “create” a winter hair regimen. Living in Michigan, you would think the cold weather and brutal winds would've forced me into creating one, but nope! I usually tend to wear sew-in and wigs during the colder months, so my hair can fit under a hat - a very serious matter when you are freezing!
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