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I’ve been natural for about four years now. This summer, I decided to do my annual No Heat Challenge. I usually just do bunning generally because it’s easiest. This summer, I want to try a few other protective styles to protect my ends and to also allow my hair to breathe. Right now, my hair is past my bra strap and is towards the middle of my back, and that was after I cut 1-1/2″ off earlier in May. I’m trying to regain those inches plus more.

I did twists in my hair after I returned from the beach. Since my hair was still semi-straight from a straigtening earlier in May, detangling was pretty easy. I also decided on twists to allow my hair to breathe.

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Well, the twists came out horribly and my parts were uneven simply because my arms should could not take anymore. So I decided to retwist the next night with more hair. Now, I use a lot of different products on my hair when I twist usually because #THE #THIRST #IS #REAL when it comes to my mane. I used the following while twisting:


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These two together are a lethal combination, especially when it comes to detangling. And not to mention, I love both of the scents. TRESemme isn’t that expensive compared to products by Organix, but I don’t mind spending the money if the products actually work and are readily available. I purchased both from Walgreens.

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I’ve also been using Shea Moisture’s smoothie for years now. I love how light it is and the smell is pretty good too. It’s not cheap, but it’s not too expensive, especially if it works.

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After applying Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie, I apply Motions Naturally You – Define My Curls Creme. I stumbled upon this product by mistake. I was in the Dollar Store looking for a comb and saw this and decided to give it a try since it was on sale for about $2. The scent is rather dominant, but pleasant. A lot of people think I have on perfume. Nevertheless, it has a sticky consistency which is sticky enough where I don’t have to use gel that’ll flake. It also adds a lot of shine to my hair because it always needs it.

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I used Naptural85’s YouTube method to stretch out my twists with bobby pins. I had been searched for ways to make sure my curly/wavy mane didn’t turn into an inverted bob so I gave it a go. Then I sprayed my hair with Organix Moroccan Argan oil, which is light and smells heavenly, and wrapped my hair up for the night.

Before I untwisted, I made sure to coat my hands with oil to reduce frizz. After taking them out, I cupped water in my hands and spread it throughout my hair until it was wet and then applied Cantu Shea Butter – Curl Activating Cream.

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The results are below. I’m quite pleased.

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I already had a part so I didn’t have to struggle to part my hair after I had taken down my twists. In the past, I failed to do this before I twisted which resulted in a tangled mess and I loss most of my definition where I needed it most.

I used the Organix Moroccan Argan oil, Motions Natural You – Define My Curls Creme, and Eco Styler gel to smooth my edges and along my part.

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As you can see, I am still transitioning and while most of my relaxed ends are non-existent, there are still a few still holding on. I never did the big chop because I never felt it was necessary. My hair has been heat trained and when it’s straight, I get a trim. Over the course of 4 years, I’ve witnessed my mane grow extremely long – extremely fast. But that also came with straggling ends. Now, I love my long hair, but I refuse to be trifling. The last of my relaxed ends are at the front/side of my mane so I have to twist and then do bantu knots. And all becomes right with the world.


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And for the record, let it be known that I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing but and won’t be able to offer much advice. After trying so many concoctions I figured it was time I got it right. it’ll be fun to see me get through the summer. LOL!

No crunchiness. No flaking. No greasiness. Just beautiful, soft, fluffy natural hair.

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25 Comments
  1. Christina

    June 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Great post Rae! I so need to do this No Heat Challenge. Is this for a month, 3 months or how long?

    1. Rae

      June 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      I’m going to try and get through the entire summer so hopefully I can make it to September. LOL!

  2. Kakers

    June 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Your hair is beautiful, I just finally made the decision to go natural. I really appreciate you showing the products you use. I think that’s amazing you doing no heat. Maybe one day I’ll get there.

  3. valla

    June 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I know you can do the challenge girl I definitely have faith in you and to be natural for 4 years kudos to you. Transitioning to natural is one crazy ride but you’ll learn a lot about your hair in its natural state. I’ve been natural for 13 years going on 14 on July and had over 5+ chops lol.

  4. Jaela

    June 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Just want to say thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting on my post. I truly appreciate it.

    Great blog post btw. Thanks sweety

  5. Jen

    June 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I need to get my hand on the coco butter conditioner! Nice hair

  6. G K

    June 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    I’ve been natural almost two years and still have no idea how to handle my mane. I shampoo and condition with Miss Jessie’s, and simply use a moisturizing oil cream to moisten. Blow out, flat iron, and go along my merry way. I KNOW all that heat is bad, but…

    Anyhoo, I’ve used that Shea Moisture cream on my duaghter’s hair, and I got flakes. I’m probably doing something wrong. I love Shea Moisture’s kids shampoo and conditioner for her, though. I typically moisturizer hers with MJ…

    Anyhoo, for me to be such a lousy natural, I always enjoy posts like these. :)

  7. Amber

    June 2, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I think it came out great. I’ve been natural for two or three years now, and I’ve never been a crazy heat user, but I do sometimes use a blow dryer to stretch my twist outs which I’m trying to stop. This summer, I’m switching up my regimen drastically using mostly natural/organic products. I can’t wait to blog about it and see how my hair responds! I live by tresemme’s flawless curls condish, so that’s the one product I won’t replace for something that’s 100% natural. Nothing detangles my curls better. I used to use the curl enhancing smoothie when I first went natural, I forget why I retired it. Do you think you’ll cut of the last of your ends anytime soon?

    1. Rae

      June 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

      I’m sure I will. I almost cut them all off yesterday but I decided against it. I’ve decided to do what I’ve done over the years and that’s to just let it grow, bantu knot and twist the stubborn portion, and then when I get my hair straightened, trim it. It’s a method that seems to work well for me so if ain’t broke, don’t fix it. LOL!

      I am a complete mess when I try to blow dry my hair and a bigger mess when I try to straighten it. I tend to do more harm than good.

  8. Amber

    June 2, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Whoa excuse all my crazy typos! Commenting from mobile and autocorrect is the devil!

  9. Jessica L

    June 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Going natural is really hard for me. My hair is crazy! I started doing the Brazilian blowout this year right before my friend’s hair dresser turned me onto twisting my curls with hair creme minus all the hairspray and mousse I use to use to tame my hair. I like my hair straight right now, but it does take time to flat iron after every wash. Admire how you can go natural. Maybe when I have a kid, I’ll be force to go natural to save time. -Jess L

  10. miss donna

    June 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    it’s good to give our hair a break from heat. that’s one of the reasons i keep a short pixie cut…just spike up the top and go! i’m going to try the Cantu products. i’ve been reading great things about them. the end result of your twists were beautiful!

  11. Shannon

    June 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Your hair is beautiful!

  12. Krissy

    June 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Looks like you know what you’re doing if you ask me. You have to figure out a routine that works for you and it may not work for anyone else. Your curls look nice too!

    1. Rae

      June 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      That is definitely the truth because I have tried countless times and finally came up with the perfect combination. Or so it seems.

  13. Vett

    June 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Your hair is GORGEOUS. Can’t wait to see the results :)

  14. Faith

    June 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Your hair is fabulous! Love it.

    We use a lot of the same products!

    I’m still learning too. I cut off all my relaxed ends Jan 2012. I’m really loving being natural.

  15. Q

    June 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Great Hair Chica! its hard at first but you can get through!

  16. Tamara

    June 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Those curls are poppin! I know sometime I get lazy dealing with my hair.. especially when it comes to washing and detangling..its so thick! But in the end, when time passes and you see the growth and strength of your strands, it’ll be worth it! You can do it gir!!!

  17. Alicia

    June 6, 2013 at 12:18 am

    saved this post. i’m so clueless on what hair products to use on my hair (my stylist never recommends any either), this was a BIG help!

  18. Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}

    June 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

    OMG! So your blog is gorgeous & you have natural hair! I love it.

    I’ve been natural for about 4 years too, but just chopped about 5 inches off of my hair. Trying to get it back to bra strap length now. I may need to try the Moroccan oil asap. I used to use Argan Oil, but I am looking for something new.

  19. andy

    July 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    nice post,you have some awesome pics :)

  20. Confessions Of A City Girl

    July 15, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Girl, your hair looks greaat! Loving that color. I’m doing no heat too… but i’m cheating :-p I have braids in!

    ~Sherine
    Confessions Of A City Girl / Enerjiee

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