1BlessedNatural Experience: Natural Hair Lessons at 9 Months

...my hair after washing it

          I have been natural for 9 months. I have transitioned for 4 months before my big chop. During my time as a natural, I have learned a lot about my hair, and I know that the lessons will continue. Here's a list of the things that I have learned about my hair so far:

1. Simple is best: My hair does not like a lot of manipulation or products. The simpler the products/techniques, the better. Twist Outs are the best. Sometimes, I find myself going overboard with trying new styles. My hair will let me know that it has had enough by breaking. I saw a few broken off
pieces. I was freaked out for a minute until I had to remind myself that it is hair lol. I remember reading an article about some breakage being normal. But, the idea is to keep your hair is healthy as possible.

    It has been awhile since I have done a wash and go. I did one recently; I was shocked to find my hair in  cylinder-like curls. I'd realized that I had been doing some sort of stretching technique since I moved out of my TWA phase. Now that my hair is longer, I can see the change in my curl pattern (pic above).

2. Favorite products: Shea Butter mixed with Olive Oil, Hair Mayonnaise by Organic Root Stimulator, and Organics Olive Oil leave in by Africa's Best

3. Switch It Up:Sometimes, I have to switch up my shampoos and conditioner to get better results.

4. No Grease: Before I went natural for the 2nd time (this time) I believed in the idea of greasing my scalp. My scalp used to itch beyond belief. But now, I am doing just fine :-) I apply oils to my scalp. Sometimes I do not intentionally oil my scalp. I just use a product on my hair and it eventually gets to my scalp, along with the natural oils I guess lol

5. Not Too Long: I cannot keep finger coils in my hair for longer than a week and a half because they start to lock :-o I had trouble combing them out this past October.

6. Co-Washing Is My Friend: I do not co-wash often. But, my hair perks up when I do co-wash. It also doesn't shrink as much as when I shampoo it.

7. Just Add Water: I tend to forget to spritz my hair with water. My hair works best with a spritz, when I have just applied my Shea Butter and Olive Oil mix. My hair loves the rain.

8. That's Your Things: There may be a product/technique that works for you, but it won't work for me and vice versa. Everyone is different.

I am sure that I have learned more, but this is all that I can think of at this moment. If I think of any more lessons, I will add them. What lessons have you learned about your natural hair?


  1. Great list. Number 8 is very true. What works for you may not work for me.

  2. This is a fabulous list. I love #4. If we (Black women) could just get that one down, we'd be better off.

  3. Beautiful picture of your hair, by the way. Nine months natural looks good on you!

  4. @JenJen, thank you!
    @JazzWife, thank you! I'm loving your hair also. Yes, we were taught for so long to grease our scalps, that this has become the "must do". When we really should not...

  5. #1 is the rule that I live by. I must try #6.


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