Sunday, January 13, 2013

My 2 year nappyversary + my 15 random natural hair tips



Hello ladies! I can't believe its been 2 years since I chopped off the relaxed ends from my hair! Just a little recap: I had my last relaxer in May of 2010 and I transitioned for 8 months. I big chopped in January of 2011 and I've been 100% relaxer free ever since. Along the way I have learned a lot of tips and tricks to retain length, keep moisture levels up and keep my hair in its healthiest state. I wanted to share some of them with you all as well as some pictures of the second year of my journey.

1. Deep condition often!
2. Once your hair is long enough wash in sections!
3. Moisturize and seal at least once a day
4. Try finger detangling with coconut oil before running a comb through your hair
5. Use a seamless wide tooth comb for your natural hair
6. Try combing your hair under the pressure of the shower...it makes detangling a lot easier
7. Try to "search & destroy" at least once a month
8. Keep your hair stretched at all times to prevent single strand knots and breakage
9. Protective styling is your BFF!
10. Limit the amount of heat you use on your hair to at least once every 3 months
11. Oils are essential to keeping natural hair soft
12. The pH of your hair is very important! Keep those cuticles sealed.
13. Don't trim you hair on a schedule, just trim as needed.
14. Take progress pictures every couple of months..it helps to keep you motivated.
15. Keep your products and techniques consistent so you know what your hair likes.

Here are some pictures of the past year..you can see the progress!

My Big Chop Jan 15, 2011
 April 2012

May 2012 Graduation hair :-)

 June 2012 I started experimenting with flat twistouts...I may need to revisit this style!
 June 2012
 June 2012
Randomly blew out my hair July 2012
 Puffs and Buns became my favorite lazy style for the rest of the summer
August 2012
I got a sew-in for my birthday October 2012 (excuse the dirty mirror!) 
25th birthday! October 2012

 I blew out my hair to straighten it..this was towards the end of November
 Snapping pics while straightening it...peep the hang time!
All done! Almost APL!
December 2012 Blown out braidout
Braidout Dec 2012

I'm so happy and proud of the progress I made in 2012. Its so important to take pics of your hair every so often so you can celebrate your progress! Please see my one year nappyversary post to see how far I've come since last year. My hair has grown significantly and I'm excited to see what 2013 will bring! I'm hoping for BSL in 2013 and WL in 2014! Lets go! Thanks for reading!

XOXO,
Onyi

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