My Natural Hair Journey – Part 1

My Natural Hair Journey – Part 1

So this is pretty huge for me. I’ve posted a lot recently about my identity as a mixed girl and how that affected me growing up… One thing I’ve struggled with is my natural hair.

Avoiding My Natural Hair

I have naturally curly hair and I straighten it every time it’s washed. Every. Single. Time.

It used to take me over an hour to blow dry and straighten it; I’d even put curls in using the straighteners because I loved the soft waves. Over the years, I’ve managed to get that down to 40 minutes and that’s with time for me to faff. I get SO bored when I’m doing it that I have to have Netflix on in the background.

On the rare occasions that I see my Dad’s family, they would ask why I’d straighten my hair and say that they could see the “family crinkle” coming through. It’s a nightmare to straighten out so I just let it happen.

Other Natural Hair Beauties

During my time looking for mixed race bloggers, I discovered Lisette who is a bit lighter than me in skin tone. Her hair is GORGEOUS and it really inspired me to look into getting my natural hair back. I found other bloggers like Andrea’s Choice and Hannah Monds (who doesn’t post very often, unfortunately). There are SO many more so I’ll leave links to my favourite videos of theirs at the bottom of this post.

After watching their videos, I knew that I had to follow in their footsteps and do my own natural hair journey. It wasn’t going to be easy. For years, I had dragged straighteners through my hair, or put my natural hair into plaits or a bun to keep it out of my face. I had moaned when the fronts went whispy and rolled my eyes when hairdressers said how nice my curls were.

Twisted Sista Products

I went into Superdrug for some Shea Moisture products but recognised Twisted Sista as one of my childhood brands. When I was younger, we tried to calm my hair by using Twisted Sista and we just hoped that it would work. It didn’t, but that was because we didn’t do anything with it. We just shoved it in my hair and hoped for the best!

This time I was determined for them to work so I picked up the Clarifying Shampoo, Leave-In Conditioner, Curl Activator Cream and 30 Second Curl Spray and they’re currently on sale for less than £4 each.

First, I used the Clarifying Shampoo which basically strips the build up of product in your hair. It wasn’t what I’m used to so had to lather, rinse, repeat a couple of times before it really lathered up. Maybe it’s not meant to lather, or maybe there was just so much crap in my hair that it took a couple of goes, who knows! Either way, I felt like I should be sipping cocktails because it smelt like Malibu.

The LOC Method

A lot of the bloggers said that you should follow the LOC method:

  • Leave In Conditioner
  • Oil
  • Cream

So after I used the shampoo, I used the Intensive Leave-In Conditioner to make sure my hair got the moisture it could’ve lost from the shampoo. It was really weird to leave it in and not wash it out, but hey. Who am I to argue with the bottle? I’d also heard that you shouldn’t use a towel because that can increase frizz, so I wrapped my hair in a cotton pillowcase. Yes, it’s meant to be a t-shirt but I didn’t have one to hand. That pillowcase actually worked really well. There’s hardly any frizz so something’s obviously working…

Then I used an oil that I swear by at the moment which is L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil. I just put a couple of pumps in my hands and distributed it through my hair as evenly as I could. It always leaves my hair feeling super soft and it smells amazing so I figured it couldn’t hurt to use it here.

Then I put in some of the Curl Activator Creme and flipped my head upside down. I’m not sure if you’re meant to do that but I’d seen it on TV so yeah. Hair flip!

Air Drying

I don’t have a diffuser nozzle for my hair dryer so I had to let it air dry.

Big mistake I think, or one of my stages was off… Within an hour of sitting outside, my hair was massive. Ok, it wasn’t, that’s an exaggeration, but it feels massive.

My curls are pretty loose at the moment so maybe that’s why it feels like a ball of fluffy instead of the gorgeous curls that I see on YouTube. I also have to remind myself that this is the first time that I’m trying this AND my hair has been straightened to within an inch of its life. It’s going to take a while for it to settle and get back to its gorgeous curly self.

I sprayed some of the curl spray all over and it made a huge difference as soon as it hit my hair. The frizz went, the curls came back to life and I felt like I’d be able to follow through with this natural hair journey. The best thing about this spray is that it smells like sweets!! I think it’s the pink Refreshers but it’s just so delicious!

Come With Me

So yeah, this is the start of my natural hair journey so keep an eye on my Instagram to see how it’s going and I can’t wait to share this with you all!!

Favourite YouTubers and Videos

Ceira Mi Lunasa – Full Wash Day Curl Routine

Lisette – Curly Hair Routine

Jasmine Brown – Wash and Go Routine

Chanel Coco Brown – My Curly Hair Routine

Andreas Choice – My Big Curly Hair Routine

Lipstick N Curlz – 10 Dos and Don’ts for Curly Hair

9 Comments

  1. 02/09/2018 / 6:58 am

    First of all I really like your blog, so clean! Next, congratulations on embracing your natural texture because your curls are lovely! 🎉🎊

    I heard of Twisted Sisters but never tried it, might need to give it a try.

    I’m natural too, my hair type is 4a/4b kinky curly. I did a blog post on Carson Life hair care system to restore and nourish hair, feel free to check it out.

    I’m so excited for you and your journey! Reading your post has inspired me to produce more natural hair content. 🤗

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • tralisty
      Author
      02/09/2018 / 10:34 am

      Thank you so much! I just changed my theme and I’m completely in love with it so all credit goes to Pipdig.

      I think we need more natural hair posts – a lot of people straighten because we’re “ashamed” of our hair, or simply because it doesn’t do what we want it to, so we just have to embrace it!

      N xo

      • 04/09/2018 / 9:34 pm

        I agree with you and it’s nice to see people embrace everything natural about them <3 On a side note, I can't wait to get a domain and buy a pipdig theme!

        • tralisty
          Author
          08/09/2018 / 9:38 am

          You won’t regret getting a Pipdig theme, I can promise you that!

  2. 31/08/2018 / 10:26 pm

    Your hair looks amazing! I’ve never heard of this brand before but the products sound really good. My hair is more low maintenance than yours but it is naturally very frizzy and puffy and I love hair oils to try and calm it down too x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • tralisty
      Author
      02/09/2018 / 10:43 am

      Oh thank you, you’re lucky to have low maintenace hair! Mine is such a nuisance but I’ve found that the curls escape if I put it in a high messy bun and it looks quite cute so I’m happy!

      N xo

  3. 31/08/2018 / 9:15 pm

    It took me a while to like my natural hair, I used to always want my hair straight. Thanks to amazing products like Shea Moisture I am slowly falling in love with my curls. I have heard of Twisted Sista but I haven’t tried them out yet! The Clarifying Shampoo sounds really good though, I also have a build up of product in my hair that I think after a few days without washing, makes my hair itch, so I really need to try this! A good Leave in Conditioner is a life saver! I sometimes air dry my hair too! I really need to try Twisted Sista espically if the products smell like sweets! I brand I really like is Trepadora, you should check them out! Your curls are absolutly beautiful, you look amazing, making me want to get my natural hair colour back!! xx

    • tralisty
      Author
      31/08/2018 / 9:33 pm

      A local curl salon uses the Trepadora products so I’m defo booking myself in for a spring clean now! Thank you so much! Xx

  4. 03/08/2018 / 3:34 pm

    These products all sound amazing, I love the L’Oreal oil too! And the last product smells like pink Refreshers, I don’t think you can get any better than that. Sweet smells are my fave. I’d love to see a pic of your natural hair 🙂 x

    Alice // http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.