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My Natural Hair Journey – Part 2

If you haven’t seen my first natural hair post, then go and read it, I’ll be right here til you get back, but if you have, then thank you!

It’s been 2 months since I decided to embrace my natural curls and my goodness, it’s been a journey!

I didn’t think there would need to be so much research just to have curly hair, but there was – Curly Girl Method, sulphates and silicones… I also decided that my products should be cruelty-free so there was a lot of research going on.

Twisted Sista

If you saw my first post, you’ll have seen that I bought a whole bunch of Twisted Sista products but after a bit of research, I facepalmed myself.

They were full of silicones and sulphates which is the devil to curly hair!

Silicone is plastic, which is what helps your hair look shiny. It can also stop your hair from sucking in moisture.

Sulphates effectively strip your hair of everything you put in it, so if you use products with silicones, then you’ll need a sulphate shampoo to remove it all.

So yeah, a vicious cycle of putting in bad stuff and using bad stuff to take it all out again.

Not good.

So all of the Twisted Sista products went in the bin and I did more research. Yep, that word again!

Shea Moisture

Shea Moisture was one of the companies that popped up time and time again during my research.

It’s sulphate, silicone and paraben free, plus it’s cruelty-free! What’s not to love about that?!

I first bought the 10-in-1 Superfruit collection (shampoo, conditioner and hair masque) but my hair just didn’t like it. My hair was stringy, felt kinda dry and it just didn’t look or feel good.

Current Products

My curls are just gorgeous at the moment, I can’t believe that I was straightening these for 13 years!

At the moment, I’m using Superdrug’s Extracts Coconut and Almond shampoo and conditioner, and I’ve also discovered the Denman shower brush. It’s a game changer, I swear!

I’ve also discovered Noughty hair products, especially the Leave-In Conditioner and Curling Cream.

Of course, I’d never stray from Cantu’s curl custard but I’ve just discovered their Whip Mousse as well.

I blinking love it!!

Wash Day Method

Ok so my method isn’t anything special yet, but it’s amazing for my hair while it’s in transition.

  1. Wash with a small amount of shampoo. Don’t scrub your hair, stroke it into your hair. Basically, we want to keep the hair smooth to help minimise frizz.
  2. Apply loads of conditioner. Loads. If you think you’re using too much, then you should just try it this once. Brush through with the Denman shower brush to make sure that there are no knots and squish the hair upwards to encourage it to curl.
  3. Rinse it out and squeeze the hair. It needs to be wet, but not dripping.
  4. Section off the hair and clip up the bits you’re not using.
  5. Spray with a mixture of water and conditioner if any bits get dry (mine always gets dry at the front…)
  6. Squeeze a bit of leave-in conditioner into your hand and apply through your hair
  7. Repeat with curl define cream, then mousse then curl custard
  8. Repeat all over, making sure to shake your hair at the roots. Yes, it sounds weird, but your hair goes a bit straight when you put the product in. Shaking it lets the curls separate and spring up naturally.
  9. Put your head upside down and scrunch your hair upwards. This gets the last of the straight bits to curl and also give your roots a bit of lift.
  10. Diffuse or air dry

Tip: When applying conditioner, make sure your hair is wet. And I mean wet. Don’t squeeze any water out. The water helps to soak in the conditioner.

What do you use on your wash days? I always want to find new hair products and love how much healthier my hair gets every time it’s washed.

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