My Reflections
by Kisha Easley of Naturally Just Me

This February marks the three year anniversary of my Natural Journey, and I must say that I have learned so much over these past few years. However, as I reflect back, there are some things that I wish that I had known that possibly would have made my journey a little easier. Below, I listed a few of these things, I hope that they will be of help to others:

-Typically hair grows at a rate of 1/4-1/2 inches a month, so no matter what the labels say, there really is no “magic potion” that will make it grow any quicker.

-Heat can change your curl pattern… so stick to lower heat settings or no heat at all.

-Just because some products (like Miss Jessie’s, Kinky-Curly, Carol’s Daughter, etc.) work for other people, that doesn’t mean that they will work for you, find out what your hair likes, and be consistent.

-Shampoos aren’t the only way to get your hair clean, often conditioners will do the trick just fine. Shampoos are designed to strip your hair of build up, and often in the process, moisture is lost. For most, maintaining moisture is key for retaining length and the overall health of your hair. So limit your use of actual shampoo to only when truly necessary, for example after the use of gels, or products that are sitting on your hair. If you must shampoo, try to use a shampoo that is sulfate free (Kinky-Curly Come Clean, DevaCurl No-Poo Cleanser, Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, Aubrey Organics, Carol’s Daughter, Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile, Giovanni, J/A/S/O/N, Jessicurl Cleansers, Hair Rules, and Trader Joes).

-Conditioner is your friend!!! Use lots of conditioner when detangling your hair. Also be sure to purchase a good wide tooth comb or a something like a Denman brush. Also, to make sure that you don’t snatch yourself bald, detangle from the ends of your hair up to your roots.

-Terry cloth towels lead to frizz, invest in a microfiber towel (I found one at the Dollar Tree), if not use a t-shirt and try the plopping method to dry up the drippies.

-When trying to define your curls, I have found that whenever I’m using a product with Aloe Vera (Fantasia IC gel, KCCC, EcoStyler), for the best results, its important to apply to super wet hair, and to make sure to distribute the product evenly, and to limit the crunch, try to find a leave-in conditioner that plays nice with the gel.

-Shrinkage is going to happen, it is what it is….sometimes you can limit the amount of shrinkage that you have by stretching your hair, either by using heat or by banding.

Finally, in whatever state your hair is in, love it and love yourself!!