Now, LaTia, you know you are looking too cute with that hair! Go girl! I love it and congrats on your first year! You can see LaTia’s Newly Natural story here.
Its LaTia once again! I know its the yearling post but its more like a year-and-4month-ling post! Lol! This year and some change has been wonderful. I’ve had my ups and downs but more ups with my hair and that’s with anyone; relaxed or natural. More people have asked me if my hair is actually mine than when I was relaxed. This lady asked me where did I get my hair from because she’s been looking for it! Lol I was flattered and tickled all at the same time.
Why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural because I wanted big hair and the frugalista in me said we couldn’t afford to pay for it so we’re gonna grow it ourselves! It was nothing spiritual or discovering myself or the effect of a bad perm. My hair was actually thriving and growing really well when I decided to make the change.
How long did you transition?
I transitioned for 9 months from June 2009 to March 6, 2010
What are your go-to styles currently?
I love love LOVE a chunky twist out! After a couple nights of re-twisting it gives me the “Bigness” I crave! Also the puff. Especially when I pick it out and have it nice and round, makes me feel like I’m wearing a crown.
What are your favorite products?
Right now for moisture I’m using the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, the Hair Milk, and Hold and Shine Mist, not all at the same time but they are in heavy rotation. For deep conditioning I use their deep treatment mask with olive oil or Oyin Handmade honey hemp conditioner. Co-washing I use either Herbal Essence hello hydration, Aussie Moist, or some Garnier Fructis I picked up, pretty much which ever is cheap. Except for V05, my hair does not like that. Sealers: EVOO, coconut, or castor oils. Am I doing the most?
What are some important things you’ve learned over the last year?
My hair needs to be sprayed with water and moisturized every couple of days. As long as I co-wash my hair doesn’t have to be shampooed but once a month, and to tuck my hair away when I get frustrated because that leads to thoughts of cutting. I prefer my hair in its natural state. Straight hair just isn’t me anymore. Its a good way to get your ends trimmed thoroughly but as for the aesthetic I don’t like it.
Does your hair look like you thought it would at the one year mark?
I honestly thought my hair would be longer at the year mark but I still love it! Looking back at pictures reminds of where I’ve come from and makes me more appreciative of where I am now. Everyone’s hair grows differently and has its own issues so accepting that and enjoying where you are is the best thing you can do for yourself and your hair.
Advice for newly natural ladies.
Its been said before but this truly is a journey of learning your hair ALLLL over again. If you have questions or concerns ask someone. That’s how I found out about co-washing and it saved me from dryness. Read and watch different blogs and youtube channels. They not only give you tips, tricks, and styles, but also inspiration to keep going. But the best advice I could give is to accept what comes out of your scalp and love it. I know I do
Thanks KCurly for this blog! This is the 1st one I found on my quest to understanding what to do with my new found hair. You’re a blessing to many and keep up the good work!