Happy New Year fam!!! It’s been such a long time. I’ve missed blogging so much. Thanks to everyone who wished me well in my exams. I passed very well, and thanks for your prayers and well wishes.
For my first post this year, I have decided to share not just my “natural hair story”, but the lessons I’ve learnt on this journey. I hope they will inspire someone to hold on and not give up.
Read: 10 Tips For Taking Care of Your Hair After Your Big Chop
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I posted the story for the first time on instagram last week, but I didn’t post the lessons there.
NOTE: There will be an important announcement at the bottom of the page, so please read to the end. 😉😊
In June 2013, I went- sorry, returned- natural. I had no information, no hair products, nothing at all. The only thing that was in my regimen was daily washing with bar soap 😟 and applying hair cream that contained petroleum jelly every single day. I didn’t even use conditioner because I had assumed that my hair didn’t require much care since it was short… And trust me, my hair remained at that exact same length for 3 months until I made a change.
In September 2013, I read Chimamanda Adichie’s book Americanah and I actually gained an interest in learning about how to care for my natural hair, and truly my hair grew a lot. I read a lot of blogs and joined natural hair groups on facebook, and I learnt so much especially about DIY kitchen recipes I could use to care for my hair.
My DIY discoveries led me to one of the darkest points of my hair journey. I tried almost every DIY recipe that I could – rice water rinse, onion juice rinse, honey and coconut water DC, so many different oil rinses, just to name a few.
At a point, I finished a 1 litre bottle of olive oil in 2 weeks!
I was doing alright these things at the same time and it was disastrous! The funny thing is that I wasn’t noticing breakage. All I noticed was that my hair growth was stagnant. At this time I had just finished from senior secondary school (high school), but I hadn’t resumed at University so I had a lot of time on my hands.
Fast forward to February 2015… I had resumed uni and I just was at the poimg where I was ashamed of the growth rate of my hair. My hair was almost 2 years old and it was just too short! So I took another drastic step and BCed for the 2nd time.
This time, I had a minimalist regimen consisting of weekly washes and deep conditions, daily moisturizing, and a mid week Co wash.
It was at this time, I basically learnt how to listen to my hair and know what it needs at any given time. It was this time that I learnt the principles which I now teach others which have transformed so many people’s natural hair journeys. This time, there are still bumps on the way(much fewer), but I believe that natural is a journey on which we are constantly learning.
Lessons I’ve learnt on my Natural Hair Journey
1. Less is More
I say this all the time to new naturals. When you first return natural, it’s exciting. So many “miracle” products and DIY recipes out there and you want to try them all at the same time. My dear sister, keep your regimen simple. Don’t give in to the temptation to try it all at once. Less is truly more.
2. Listen to your hair
I know this sounds really weird, but you do need to learn to listen to your hair. This means that you should know how your hair reacts to each product and treatment.
This will enable you to get the best for your hair and avoid treatments that don’t work.
For example, whenever I deep condition with mayonnaise, I notice that my hair feels softer and shinier. So if on a different day, I notice that my hair feels dry and looks dull, I know it’s time to deep condition with mayonnaise.
The key to listening to your hair is to do each treatment individually. Don’t just pack a bunch of products on your hair at the same time. And you can try a product or treatment on just a portion or side of your hair to see how your hair reacts to it first before you use it on your entire hair.
Read: Best DIY Deep Conditioner for Natural Hair
3. Be Patient
In your quest for long and healthy hair, patience is essential. There are really no quick fixes, you need to be patient.
Everyone’s hair grows at different rates, but if you adopt healthy hair practices, your hair will grow as well!
Some products are really good and may even be essential.
Check out Essential Tools and Products for Natural Hair.
However, there is no “miracle product ” that will transform your TWA to ankle length overnight!
The secret to longer hair is in the technique, not the product!!!!
When it comes to growth, patience really is the key.
Check out: Why Your Hair isn’t Growing and Solutions
Thank you for reading! As promised, I have a very important announcement.
This blog will be 2 years old this month!!! 🎊 🎉 🎊. And to celebrate, I’m going to be giving away some amazing stuff and hair products. You really don’t want to miss this. If you haven’t, you need to follow my instagram page @naturalnimi for more information. I’m so excited about this! It’s an honor to be able to give back to my faithful blog viewers. Truly, I love you all.