Natural Hair Journey: 3 and a Half Years After the Big Chop

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It's been just over 3 and a half years since I last had a big chop where I cut all my hair off and, over that time, my regimen has evolved again and again.

I recently took a few pictures documenting a length check and different stages of my typical cycle between washes. View them all on my new natural hair journey showcase  (set one up too and send me a link – it will only take minutes, once you've got your content together, and it's free!).

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Natural hair journey: length check & my current regimen, 10 months after the big chop

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a hair update. Time flies and I’m so happy at how healthy my hair is growing. My current regimen goes like this:

  • Wash once a week:
    • Finger comb previous twist-outs and gently address any tangles
    • Pre-poo by putting coconut oil through my hair and massage my scalp
    • Wash with a sulfate-free shampoo (I currently use Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat shampoo)
    • Apply a rich conditioner through hair (I currently use Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner) and very gently detangle with a wide-tooth comb
    • Cover with a shower cap and wrap with a towel. Leave on for 1 – 8 hours. Basically depends on what I’m doing at the time!
    • Rinse out with cold water
    • Apply leave in conditioner (I use Kim Love’s recipe – find it in the intro box of her KimmayTube YouTube channel)
    • Apply a shea butter mix I created (with Jojoba oil and a few drops of essential oil to make it creamy
    • Two-strand twist away! (It takes me 2-3 hours)
  • Daily spritz with a water and oil mix (about 1 tbsp of Jojoba oil and/or vegetable glycerin in an approximately 150ml spray bottle)

I usually wash and twist on a Sunday or Monday and then take the twists out on Friday or Saturday. The twist-out can last 2-4 days. All I do in the mornings is spritz my hair with the water and oil mix, to bring life back to the sleep-matted tresses. Water works magic! Learning that I don’t have to avoid it is probably the best thing I’ve done for my hair.

One thing I’m not so happy about is how much work this all takes! I’m going to be honest here: I thought locs were a lot of work but, taking good care of my “loose” natural hair is so much more intensive. I don’t say this to discourage anyone considering going natural though because, after all is said and done, it’s absolutely worth it! Well, I think so at least.

Natural hair wearers out there – why is it worth it for you?