My Natural Hair Story: Tiffany
My name is Tiffany and I am originally from Jacksonville Florida but now reside in the DMV. I have been natural for 4 years and 5 months and have been relaxer-free for 5 years and 2 months.
The main reason I started transitioned to go natural is because I was going to college and knew I could not keep up with this relaxer stuff. I toyed with the idea of going natural when I visited sites such as Mane and Chic, Curly Nikki and Long Hair Care Forum and saw the beauty of natural hair. I knew going natural was the right thing to do when I saw my natural sisters at Spelman College. That sealed the deal for me.
I started my transition in December of 2007. During my transition, I did a combination of things. For a couple of months, I flat ironed my hair. Then, I moved on to protective styles such as sew ins and micro braids. After nine months, I big chopped in September of 2008.
My go-to hair style as of 2013 has been the braid out. I’ve finally gotten a good technique down. I do about 10 – 12 plaits/braids: 6 in the back and 6 in the front. Instead of fully braiding the hair, I twist the last inch of hair to achieve curlier ends.
I am in the process of cutting down the number of products that I have. I would have to say that Tresemme Naturals Conditioner is my main staple product. I use this conditioner to make my deep conditioner (I just add oils and honey) and a “modified” version of the Kimmaytube Leave-In Conditioner. To clarify, I use the Giovanni Golden Wheat Deep Cleanse Shampoo, which is awesome. To combat my dry, flaky scalp, I apply a mixture of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil. I also use these oils to seal the moisture into my hair. If I am in need of a protein treatment, I use ORS Hair Mayo or the ORS Replenishing Conditioner.
Recently, I transitioned into a bi-weekly wash schedule. My wash day depends on my mood. I like to start with a hot oil treatment. I let that sit for at least 15 minutes. Then, I add my deep conditioner and let it sit for about 30 minutes. I rinse the deep conditioner out and air dry my hair a Turbie Twist towel. I usually twist/braid/bun my hair while in the Turbie Twist towel to stretch it out a bit. After about 15 minutes or so, I remove the Turbie Twist, take down my hair, add my leave-in conditioner, seal with my oil of choice and style my hair.
* On clarifying days, I skip the hot oil treatment and start with my clarifying product of choice.
At night, I preserve my hairstyles by pineappling or restyling the hair. Pineappling is convenient and works for a number of styles. I can get away with pineappling my hair for about 3 to 4 days, which is great. If I want my style more defined, I just restyle it. Now a days, I do not use my satin scarfs or pillow cases. Satin pillowcases get hot during the night and I’m not about that life. Every now and again, I rock my bonnet but not often.
I do not do anything special to maintain length. Sometimes, I protective style my hair in an effort to retain length. Senegalese twists and two-strand twists are my go to styles. I trim when needed and just try to keep my hair moisturized. I use to be really length obsessed but now I just let it be. Once I stopped worrying so much, my hair did its thing and it grew longer and exceeded my expectations.
I LOVE being natural because of the versatility of my hair. If I want to have curly hair one day and straight hair the next day, I can do that. My options are endless with my natural hair.
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