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Why did you go natural and did you do a transition before the big chop?

I decided to go natural because I became tired of relaxing my hair. For me, there was no transition. I did the big chop 8 weeks after my last relaxer!

Check out my hair journey video…

Question IconWhat is your current regimen?

My current regimen is the Wash & Go. I do not shampoo my hair and I do not use combs or brushes. I follow a modified version of the Curly Girl method.

Question IconOf all natural methods, why did you pick the curly girl method? And how have you modified the method to make it your own?

I chose the curly girl method, because my hair retained the most moisture with this method. I have modified this method in many ways. For instance, I do not rewet my hair everyday. I am experimenting with twist outs and other natural hairstyles. Once or twice a year I will straighten my hair. Straight hair is not CG friendly but this is the way I like to style. I like to roller set my hair also. I achieve straight styles from roller setting my hair.

Mahogany Curls

Question IconAre protein treatments necessary?

I have never used a protein treatment. They are not necessary for me because I am not experiencing any type of breakage nor suffering from damaged hair.

Question IconWhat do you do to keep your hair from getting frizzy when you do a wash and go?

I avoid touching it while it is drying and I do not use towels to dry my hair.

Question IconHair growth. This is something we all want. Most women prefer to have a head of healthy natural or relaxed hair. How do we achieve healthy hair growth?

Honestly, I do not think there is a concrete answer to this question. The photo on the left is my hair February 2011 and the photo on the right is my hair June 2012.

Mahogany Curls Hair Growth Comparison

Mahogany Curls: February 2011 vs  June 2012

I get a lot of questions about how I “increased my hair growth” and the answer is nothing. Remember, genetics may play a role in your hair growth but I believe low manipulation and patience is very helpful. I have been sticking to the same regimen for the past 3 years. I may have added new products but the regimen always remains the same or similar:

  • Avoid Heat
  • Eliminate the use of styling tools (i.e. combs and brushes)
  • Moisturize with Conditioner
  • Protect hair at night (i.e. satin pillowcase or bonnet)
  • Low Manipulation Styling
  • Trim every 6 months
  • Patience

Question IconDo you seal with any oils?

No. I am lazy and do not really feel like doing that.

Question IconDo you take biotin or any other supplement?
No.

Question IconDo you do any protective styling?
No. I Wash & Go 365 days a year. I tried it in the past and did not care for it.

I think it is very important to do what works for you and sometimes that may take awhile to find a regimen that will work. Keep trying. The health of your hair is more important than the length.

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3 comments

  1. “The health of your hair is more important than the length” Awesome statement, I remind myself about this often. I have always been natural however I was a slave to the hot comb. I’m proud to say no heat stlying utensils have touched my hair in almost 4 months! :-) you are a great inspiration and your hair is B E A UUUUUTIFUL!

  2. I haven’t had a relaxer for about 5 months and Ive been thinking about doing the BIG CHOP. I’ve got a lot of new growth But IDK what to do… do I cut it all off… or just the permed part??

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