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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The results are below. I’m quite pleased.
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.
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.
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.