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
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!
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