Hey Curlfriends,

I’m Asia and I’ve been ‘returning my hair to its natural state’ for about 5 years now. I say ‘returning’ because I like to keep I mind that this is more than just a ‘trend’ or a ‘movement’ of some sort. Embracing and cultivating my hair has been a long and continuous journey for me and although it started off on a rough note, I’m still here!

My decision to return to my hair to its natural state was simply, curiosity. I had been so accustomed to the Saturday morning DR blowouts/press n curls that my mom gave me, faithfully lol. I wanted to see what my hair looked like right after a good wash and condition.  I have not turned back since, I feel it’s an extension of who I am!  I’ve learned to enjoy the journey of embracing this hair and feeling comfortable with just letting it simply, ‘Be’ by using a simple regimen and letting gravity do the rest lol. Most importantly, not comparing my curls to other curly heads and learning to love my curls just the way they were saved me a lot of coins and forced me to embrace my hair the way it is! I used to be a product junkie but I’ve learned better lol! I keep it simple!

If I had only known then, what I know now, five years ago I’d tell myself: Put down all the dang oils lol! Also, stop co-washing already lol! Find yourself a nice hydrating shampoo, a good conditioner or deep conditioner, a leave in (I don’t think it’s that much of a necessity) and a gel. Before I apply shampoo, I actually use warm water and lightly squeeze my hair under thee water to open up my hair cuticle so that my curls are ready to receive whatever I apply to it, I think this is the most important step in my regimen. I always rinse with cold water to decrease frizz and to also help with shine. I apply my styling products to damp, not wet hair. I have refrained from use of any heat on my hair (except for the occasional use of a diffuser, if there’s no time to air dry it). This regimen is done about 1x/week or after 2 weeks if I’m feeling lazy or want it to get bigger, lol!

All in all, I’d say this had been fun but I’ve learned to accept that my hair is the boss and she’s gonna do just about anything she wants to do as long and I leave it alone and feed it with a simple regimen. So excited that I could share this! Thanks for the opportunity, Curly Perks!

Peace, Love & Light,

Asia Payne