Hey curlies! My name is Laura, I’m a 27 year old stylist from Portland, OR. The start of my natural hair journey began back in 2011 when I became frustrated with the health of my hair. I had never seen my natural hair texture (I had been getting relaxers since I was 5!) and decided to transition for 10 months and finally big chop in 2012.
The first 3 years of being fully natural I was on top of eating a healthy diet and exercising which meant doing a lot of protective styling which in turn, allowed my hair to flourish and retain a lot of length. I would put my hair in Marley twist for 3 to 4 months at a time (which I do not recommend if you don’t know how to maintain them yourself) moisturizing every other day, washing every 2 weeks and partially retwisting once a month to make sure my hair was holding up. I found that this routine worked well for me and my lifestyle at the time.
Now that it has been 5 years since I went natural I still do protective styling every now and then but I love wearing my hair out and experimenting with different styles. I’m not going to lie and say that my hair hasn’t been affected by this. I am currently bra strap length and have been for the past 2 years due to lack of a healthy solid routine…This would be my number one tip to anyone going natural or trying to maintain healthy hair.
#1. HAVE A HEALTHY HAIR & LIFESTYLE ROUTINE:
ROUTINE IS EVERYTHINGG! Lol Think back to the time your hair felt and looked its best and revisit not only the products you used but your daily routine. Were you drinking loads of water? Eating well? Exercising? How often did you manipulate your hair? Were you moisturizing regularly? Were you getting enough sleep?
Seriously! lol I can at least speak for myself and say that sometimes I forget that the health of my body can affect the health of my hair. Just take care of yourself and find a routine that incorporates overall health. 2017 will be the year I go back and revisit my healthiest self, I hope you guys will too!
HAPPY HAIR JOURNEY!!!
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