Hey loves! My name is Adaisha Miriam and I am a natural hair enthusiast. I’m new to the blogging world and I’m so excited to start sharing my type 4 hair tips and tricks on my Instagram (@a.dai.sha).

So my natural hair journey.. whew chile..it has been a MESS! But a well needed learning experience. My obsession with natural hair first began when I was in the 8thgrade. I saw a Youtube video of this gorgeous black girl with waist length hair that looked just like mine- type 4 kinky hair. It was really inspiring to see a girl with hair that I’ve always dreamt of having but never thought I’d get because I was told my hair was “too kinky to be long.” I’ve never seen a black girl with hair as long as hers and I was just amazed because I grew up thinking it was possible for black people to grow such long hair.

She inspired me to do more research on natural hair and I decided to transition from relaxed to natural hair at the end of 8th grade so I could grow my hair to waist length. I had a journal to write down all the new things I’ve learned from different natural hair Youtubers and I started incorporating what I’d learned into my new-found hair routine. And then I gave up. Once I was fully natural and reached about armpit length, I texturized my hair because I got super lazy and didn’t see as much growth as I was expecting. Worst. Decision. Ever. So, I transitioned to natural hair for the second time around 12th grade and now I’ve been fully natural again since January of this year. This time around, I’m staying natural for good okay lol! But, instead of focusing on length, my goal is to maintain health because I’ve realized that it’s a major key in order to grow strong, beautiful natural hair.

My #1 rule for maintaining my natural hair is MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE! I always keep my hair moisturized to strengthen my hair and to prevent breakage, brittleness, and split ends. When I wear my protective styles such as braids, wigs, crochet braids I would simply use a spray bottle of water and mix conditioner in it to give my hair a little bit of moisturizing for the day. When I wear my natural hair, I usually use a crème and oil to seal in the moisture for the week. For example, using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie and olive oil twice a week has worked wonders for my hair. It keeps it soft and manageable all week long.

Some of my favorite products that I use are:

Aussie Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Ecostyler Gel (Black Castor and Flaxseed), Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and Jamaican Black Castor Oil