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June 2015 will mark my 10-year "Nappy-versary", as folks call it. I originally went natural because I wanted something different. Something different from the long visits at the salon to get relaxers and sit under the hair dryer forever because my hair holds onto water so tightly. My stylist at the time asked if I had ever seen my hair when it's wet without relaxer in it - and I hadn't. So the next time I washed my hair (at the time I had cut off my chest length hair for a pixie cut), I took a look in the shower and LOVED WHAT I SAW. So she cut out the remaining touch relaxer and I decided to go natural. I promised not to touch my tendrils for 2 years because I really wanted to give this natural hair thing a shot. No more relaxers, no flat ironing, no flat twists, etc., I wanted my hair to just grow and be happy and do what it wanted to do. That was in 2005. Ten years, many hair cuts, natural hair styles and some color later, I am the girl who could never rob a bank because my fro is huge, lol. My hair has become my calling card, but I don't mind. I finally feel like I have grown into myself, and as long as it's happy - I'm happy. After all, healthy hair is happy hair!
I wash my hair every 4-5 days, after completing my "wash n' go" process. I've recently started to follow Mo Knows Hair and I love her videos and the techniques she uses. While learning her WNG process, I found that she uses a lot of the same products I have for years so I felt comfortable using it myself. So now? I wash my hair with Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Balanced Moisturizing shampoo + John Frieda Radiant Red (currently a ginger), I then layer on the following conditioners: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Balanced Moisturizing Conditioner + Aussie 3-Minute Miracle (for color) + TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture conditioner and detangle, then rinse. I dry my hair with a cotton T-shirt just barely, then I style my hair using Trader Joe's jojoba oil, Cantu's Coconut Curling Cream and Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner. I work each of the products through root to end and then seal my ends with My Sister's Shea Butter (created by my good friend, Eboni Staton - http://mysisterssheabutter.bigcartel.com). That's it! So far I love this routine, but look forward to experimenting with twist outs and bantu knots, if I can stop being lazy. :)