9 Month Anniversary- My Natural Hair Journey

TwistsOut 8thMonth 150x150 9 Month Anniversary  My Natural Hair JourneyToday marks my nine month anniversary after doing my big chop (May 12, 2011) and going completely natural. I cannot believe that in three months I will be celebrating my one year napturalversary! This has truly been a learning experience in finding products that work for my hair, hairstyles that are easy to create and maintain, and making sure my hair stays moisturized during the cold winter months.

The one thing that has gotten me really excited in these first nine months is that now when I do my two strand twists, I can get the most awesomeness (is this a word?) twist out! Usually when I do two strand twists, I’ll just take the twists out, and then put a head band on my head. However, I decided to try and create a twist out about two weeks ago and received so many compliments on my hair from my co-workers. There are a lot of natural hair ladies who I work with and some were asking me what products I used to create the look and what styling method I used. This made me feel so proud of my journey.

My Hair Regimen

My weekly hair regimen consists of:

  • Shampooing and conditioning using Shea Moisture’s Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Balancing Conditioner.
  • Applying Infusium 23 Leave-In Conditioner and Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil to soaking wet hair.
  • Two strand twisting using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Curling Soufflé.

Once or twice a month I will do a hot oil treatment with different oils and a deep conditioning using Queen Helene’s Cholesterol Conditioner both requiring me to sit under a hooded dryer for 15-30 mins on medium heat. I will also do an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse about once a month.

I found that since I’ve gone natural and have a weekly hair regimen, my hair is thriving more than it did during my relaxer days. This could be due to the fact that during my relaxer days, I washed my hair every two to four weeks in order to “maintain” my straight hair longer (and decrease relaxer applications to every eight weeks) as well as to alleviate the use of water from making my hair too nappy. Now that I’ve gone natural, my hair LOVES water!

I’m really looking forward to my one year anniversary, which is the day after my birthday and makes it easy to remember my big chop date. I’m also looking forward to being able to try out other hairstyles once my hair gets a little longer. YouTube and the natural hair community’s array of blogs has been a godsend to me during my transition for the first five months of 2011 and are still much a part of my natural hair journey. Without this plethora if information being available at my fingertips, I don’t think I would be sitting here chronicling my natural hair journey!

Any who, below are a few more pictures of my hair including another length check. Enjoy!

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Length Check at 9 months- Back of hair to collar bone.


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Length Check at 9 months- Front view now underneath my nose


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Length Check at 9 months- Side view


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Length Check at 9 months- Top view


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Twist Out


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Another Twist Out & you can really see the color on the ends of my hair.


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And another twist out


About Vivica Shade

Vivica has a B.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in Multimedia & Visual Communication. She is a freelance Web & Graphic Designer, avid photographer & newly #teamnatural. She considers herself a laid back person who enjoys learning & sharing. Follow her on Twitter: @designinglady, YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/DivaStl, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DivaSTLNaturalHairTipsTricks
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