Hey everybody! I know you all have been like “Wow Afton! Did you drop off the earth or something?” No I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth but I’m back and I have some news! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter then you know that on April 11th I broke my transition and did the big chop. A lot of factors lead me to this including the fact that transitioning was murder on my hair. I was suffering from breakage and shedding not to mention the fact that my edges were starting to thin out. I did a Dominican blow out that March and ever since then my hair was not the same. I decided that it was time to just big chop instead of letting the breakage and shedding do it for me. Right now I would say I have about 2-3 inches of hair and I love it. When I first started cutting away my relaxed ends I was a bit nervous but once I was done I really liked what I accomplished.
So far my regimen has been simple. I have been cowashing using the Pantene Naturals Cowash Conditioner that I received in my February Curlbox and it really moisturizes my hair. I also use Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner as a deep conditioner as well as a rinse out conditioner. It remains to be seen about this conditioner because when I was relaxed it gave me such amazing slip and now it really doesn’t give me any slip on my natural hair which means that I may have to try another deep conditioner. I moisturize with water and Aloe Vera Juice, S-Curl No Drip Activator Moisturizer, or Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Styling Milk. I have been sealing with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil but yesterday when I went to a natural salon (review coming soon) to get the rest of my relaxed ends cut off and my TWA shaped up, the stylist told me that I should seal with a heavier oil like Extra Virgin Olive Oil because my hair is very thick and it was very dry. As for styling I have been using Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel and Eco Styler Gel for Curly and Wavy hair that I received in my March Curl Kit. They both define my curls but I really need to work on my application to make sure that I have even coverage. For days when I want definition without the gel effect, I use BelNouvo Coco Castor Pudding (also from my March Curl Kit). At night I moisturize and seal and wear my satin bonnet or satin scarf.
My goals while my hair is natural are to retain length of course and keep my hair moisturized and healthy. I also want to try to install Senegalese Twists or Marley Twists once my hair is a bit longer and able to hold the extensions.
Well that’s it everyone. I am so happy with my natural hair and can’t wait to see what this journey has in store for me. I promise to blog a lot more in the future and not leave you hanging waiting for more. Until next time everybody.