A Week With Me – Maintaining My “Natural Hair”

Straightened Natural Hair - Blowout

If you have followed me for a while, then you know that my regimen is pretty simple. I’ve been natural for four years, and don’t see the need to be too fancy, if that makes sense. LOL! I still have lots of fun with my hair, and I think my many hairstyles prove that, but a normal week is pretty basic for me, and that helps with the length retention and overall health of my hair. (low manipulation and protective styling)

I get a lot of questions about how I manage my natural hair throughout the week, so I decided to list what a week is like for me when it comes to styling and maintaining my natural hair. You may find my routine even more boring after reading this. LOL! Boring, but always simple and easy! 🙂

I am going to start my week off with a fresh wash!

Friday:

I usually wash my hair during the weekend. Friday night I do my shampoo and deep conditioning. I let my hair air dry for a few hours and then blow dry my hair using the tension method. That night I put my hair in a bun using the “bunning method”, wrap my hair with a satin scarf, and then cover with my satin cap. (Wrapping with a satin scarf and wearing my satin cap is something I do every day)

Saturday:

I take my hair down, and prepare for styling. I don’t usually add any product on my hair on this day. My go to style has been a sock bun or a high bun. I usually wear this hairstyle throughout the entire week. At night I add oil to my hair, focusing mainly on the ends. After applying the oil, I prepare my hair for bed, using the “bunning method”, and covering with satin scarf and hat.

Sunday: 

I take down my hair as I did the previous morning, and style as usual. Again, I go for a simple bun, unless I have something special planned.  If it is a special day, or just a fun day out, I may go for a braid out or one of my favorite styles, a bantu knot out.  Again, at night I bun the hair up, using the “bunning method”, covering with a satin scarf and hat.

Monday – Thursday:
I usually repeat these same steps until Friday rolls around.

I no longer wash my hair weekly, now that it is much longer.  I find that my hair does not suffer with weekly washes. It actually stays a lot more moisturized, and seems to do a lot better with more infrequent washes. (Who would have “thunk” it) 🙂

Friday – 1 Week:

On Friday which is now one week after my wash day, I massage my scalp with oil. This helps with dry and itchy scalp.  I finger detangle my hair, and then detangle with a wide tooth comb or brush. After my hair is detangled, I lightly spritz with water and seal with an oil or leave in. I spritz the water mainly focusing on my ends.  I make sure to bun the hair up quickly so that it does not shrink up. I let the hair dry overnight, and start again with my normal daily routine.

Quick Tips

*I am now washing my hair once or twice every month, so I repeat my routine until wash day*

*Remember applying oil every night

*Remember satin cap and/or scarf

*Remember weekly detangling which is important even with stretched out or straightened hair

*Remember massaging scalp once a week

*Remember moisturizing the hair weekly and sealing with oil.

 

 

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Flat Twist and Braid 2 in 1Hairstyle On “Straightened Natural Hair”

Flat Twist and Side Braid 2 in 1 Hairstyle On "Straightened Natural Hair"

This hairstyle can be done on straight or curly medium to long hair. Remember have fun and be creative. Results vary!


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5 Steps to Building a Good Relationship with Your “Natural Hair”

Various hairstyles on natural hair

I always compare my relationship with my hair to a marriage. LOL! A big dramatic, but it works! When you have a good relationship with your hair, you enjoy it and you stay consistent. You are not distracted by the newest magic pills, product, or rules. NO ONE knows your hair better than you!

1. Ultimate Goal: (where is this relationship going?)
a. What are your hair goals?
b. Are you aiming for healthier hair?
c. Are you trying to achieve a longer length?
d. Are you trying to correct previous damage?

2. Realistic Expectations:
a. You cannot expect your hair to do things it was not designed to do. Many spend valuable time trying to create a look or style that they are never able to achieve. In the end doing irreversible damage to their hair.
b. Length goals are great, but make sure it makes sense. On AVERAGE most people grow about 6 inches per year (1/2 an inch per month), and only retain 3-4 inches of that.

3. Quality Time:
a. Spend time with your hair find its likes and dislikes
b. Don’t be afraid to play in your hair a little. Create styles that are simple, fun, and fit your personality.
c. Try products and find what your responds well to for moisture and styling. Once you find those products, stick to them.

4. You Will Make Mistakes:
a. The journey will not be perfect! You will try things that do not work
b. Don’t give up when things are not going as planned. Reevaluate your current regimen and change the products or routines that are setting you back.
c. You are learning, it’s all about building a strong relationship with your hair.

5. Love and Commitment:
a. Commit to a consistent regimen so that you can meet your ultimate goal.
b. Fall in love with your hair! It may not hold a twist out or braid out like the next, it may not curl and twirl around your fingers, it may not shake and fly in the wind, it may not hang down your shoulders, but it is yours, embrace it!

Good luck on your journey!

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“Natural Hairstyle” – Twisted Headband on “Natural Hair” – AJ Combo

"Natural Hairstyle" - Twisted Headband on "Natural Hair"

Hair in this video is a bantu knot out

Bantu knot out video

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Iman Cosmetics: Luxury Pressed Powder (Earth Medium)

Iman Cosmetics: Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder (Afterglow)

Covergirl Queen : Nude Attitude

Mascara: Falsies Volum’ Express

Liquid Liner: Love 21

 

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A Look Back At My Natural Hair Journey In Photos! #Natural Hair

I transitioned for about 7-8 months. I wore mostly kinky twist, braids, etc. Transitioning To Natural Hair - Alicia James

I big chopped some time during the last week of August, so for tracking I just mark the beginning of my journey at September 1 2008. My TWA
TWA Natural Hair - Alicia James

Year One! My first year, I only wore wash and gos. I would leave in my rinse out conditioner.
One Year Natural Hair - alicia james

1.5 – 2 years Natural! I learned about twist outs and braid outs.One Year and a Half - Two Years Natural Hair - Alicia James

24-32 Months Natural! Wearing my hair out a lot, but at the end of year two just discovering low manipulation and protective styling which will change my hair journey dramatically!
24-32 Months Natural - Alicia James

36-40 Month Natural Hair! I started doing a lot more low manipulation and protective styling. I was wearing two strand twist a lot! My hair starting retaining more length than before!
36-40 months Natural Hair - Alicia James

41-48 Months Natural! – My hair still retaining a great amount of length. Sticking with a simple regimen, low manipulation and protective styling.
41-48 Months Natural Hair

Four Years Natural! Flat ironed my hair for the first time after four years! Growth looks beautiful! Sticking with my simple regimen!
Four Years Natural Hair - Alicia James

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