Redefining the natural hair movement

I see a lot of conversations on whether this crazy onset of natural hair interest is simply a trend or a movement.

From a mass media perspective a trend or movement is heavily based on the number of people involved and the length of time something is considered popular. However, from a life and purpose perspective it’s instead the impact that embracing your natural hair has had on your life that determines it’s reality as a trend or movement.

This nationwide advance of women going natural is actually very personal. So much so that the words trend and movement should be used in a completely different context within this topic. A context of life and purpose rather than media and sales. So, when we think about it that way the true question becomes, how big of a difference has embracing your natural hair made to your life? Has it been a trend, something you’ve done just for fun. Or, has it been a movement, something that’s ended up changing your life.

Personally, my natural hair journey started off just as a trend, but today I can honestly say that embracing my tresses has indeed become a movement. It has revealed gifts in me that I never new I had. But most importantly, it has helped introduce me to something I am purposed to do, motivate, encourage and inspire others.

How would you classify YOUR natural hair journey? Trend or Movement?

Deep Conditioning Awesomeness

It’s been about 3 months now that I’ve been basking in the awesomeness of my current deep conditioning favorite. Creme of Nature’s Aragan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment has really been doing my hair right!

I have a lot of trouble retaining moisture and this product has really helped with that. I currently deep condition and baggy once a week. Although this is not a leave in conditioner I personally find that I get my best results when I leave the product in my hair. I will typically baggy with the product for at least 4 hours.

Some of the major benefits I’ve seen with this product and process are:

Significant moisture retention
Incredible shine
Light soft hair
Split end & single strand knot reduction

I’m loving this product so much that I’m thinking about bringing it into my regemin twice a week. I’d also say that trying out some of the other products from this line is also in my future.

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Fun Buns!

Soooo, I’ve been having way too much fun with my buns this week. I’m beginning to realized that the opportunities are endless for the different looks you can create.

This natural hair growth challenge truly has enlightened me. Before I started this challenge I would have never been as cognisant about hair health as I am now. Protective styles have become one of my most favorite ways to get creative with my tresses. Loving them!

Here’s a look at some of my styles this week

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The Monday Motto

While the rest of the world seems to be hating on Mondays, here I am taking them on by force!

Monday’s tend to set the tempo for the rest of the week for me. So rather than fight them, I’ve decided to embrace them. This requires three simple things:

1. A positive attitude: this one is fairly easy. I just wake up thankful. Thankful for my family, for life, health and purpose

2. A mean face beat: I always try to make sure my makeup is on point on Mondays. It encourages me throughout the day.

3. DRESS!: My Monday outfits should epitomize the Monday Motto, POW!

Mondays are the beginning of the week. They give me another opportunity to chase my goals and my purpose. Assuring I’ve got these three things handled helps me get out the block strong and on fire like a bullet. POW!!

Happy Monday Beauties!

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Think I’m done combing my hair…ever

At one of the Natural Hair Small Group meetings I help lead for my church, the conversation of using or not using a comb came up. Some believed that combing natural hair can contribute significantly to breakage, even with a wide tooth comb. I had previously never thought twice about combing my natural hair. I would typically comb it as I co-washed in the shower or immediately after as I applied my leave-in conditioner. Frankly, not combing my hair seemed pretty crazy to me.

After that meeting I decided to try out this not combing my hair nonsense. Turns out, I love it! Since chucking up the deuces to my wide tooth comb I’ve noticed a few things. 1. My curl pattern is more defined without applying any product to it. 2. My everyday texture is incredible and 3. I seem to have retained more length than usual.

Instead of using a comb, now I just use my fingers. Finger combing, what a brilliant concept. I’m still able to detangle my hair effectively without losing the benefits of not using a comb. So, outside of using a rat tail comb for precision parting for various styles, I think I’m pretty much done combing my natural hair…ever.