8 months since I went #natural

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I figure it about that time for a hair update!

If you haven’t read this post about my natural hair journey, I basically gave up relaxing my hair and went for my natural curly hair. Its much different to manage of course and takes a little while for me to get used to but its something that I needed to do. While my hair was straight when it was relaxed, I could never grow it any longer than close to my shoulders before I have have the ends break off. And I hated that. I craved long hair. The last time I put a relaxer in my hair was the middle of September.

It has been 8 months since my last relaxer. I am proud to say that I have cut off all of the relaxed hair so the only hair left is  natural. I might have a couple of stubborn ends that were from those relaxed days, but those will be taken care of when I head into a hair dresser to get my ends clipped. It took me a while to finally find a way to do my hair and like it. I’m still working on perfecting it though because I’m not a huge fan of the curly fro look that comes about after I wash my hair. I have done the wash and go (which produces this afro look) and I will wear it when I need to but I prefer my hair straight. Here is my new (and improved) hair routine:

  • shampoo with natural shampoo (not every week)
  • condition my hair
  • deep condition if rough conditions (like chlorine or other things)
  • comb and twist my hair in small peices
  • let dry (most likely over night)
  • flat iron while removing twists

I have started to wash my hair at night before bed so that I don’t have to leave my house with those twists in my hair. So when I get up in the morning, I flat iron my hair out after taking a shower. I no longer blow dry my hair because it dries my hair horribly and I can never come back from that without conditioning it again.  It doesn’t take long and as long as I don’t do anything like swim or sweat a whole bunch, it will last me a week! Check out my current hair products!

June hair products I love Bee Mine products. I use the heat protector and Curls passion fruit curl control paste when flat ironing. The curl control paste goes in when twisting. I use the Cantu Shea Butter Daily Oil Moisturizer. I still need to get my ends clipped but I love the way my hair is coming.

*Update* I posted a new picture of myself with my hair out! Check out the post here!


  1. Karlene Shamir says

    Love this! But be careful, what you think are relaxed ends may just be heat damage (too much heat can cause similar effects).

    • Ashley T says

      Thanks! I do watch how much heat I out on my hair. Because I cut it myself, I’m sure I have some relaxed hair left an some damaged ends. But I also want my hair evaluated by a hair dresser so I will be going soon. :)

  2. Jenna Grimes says

    I can’t wait to see pictures of you, but please heed what Karlene just told you. I have suffered hair damage because of too much heat before.

  3. Sadi says

    You go girl! I am actually doing the same thing. Not sure how long its been, I do know that it has been a difficult journey as the recent days have been humid! I am pressing on – literally!!