but May 2012 will mark 4yrs of healthy hair care practices. In the
beginning I didn’t see any results in my hair growth so I started doing
research, joining hair boards and incorporating TLC
undergrad I started getting sews and glue in weaves because I couldn’t
afford to get my hair professionally done anymore. Over the course of a
month my hair started to thin but instead of dealing with the issue, I
continued on the same path for the next couple of months. The end result
left the crown of my head completely bald and I didn’t want to get
another perm. The only other option was to go natural and I haven’t
looked back since.
transitioned for 1 yr. by washing, deep conditioning and pressing my
hair using an old school pressing comb, the stove version, every week.
That is when I started to notice a thickness I have never experienced
before and was the catalyst needed to proceed with my journey.
mentally, and physically. Mentally- in the beginning I had to change my
mentality about kinky hair. My mind set about natural hair, it doesn’t
need a lot of care and will not break easily, which is the complete
opposite of the truth…a lesson I learned very quickly. Physically- I
changed, taking care of my hair inspired me to assess my health too.
Awareness about my health has a played a major factor in the growth of
my hair, healthy on the inside yells healthy hair on the outside.
Spiritually, I started to see myself from a Godly perspective and
learned to appreciate my authentic self. A lot times I was judged for
being natural in positive and negative ways and I said I would never
impose those standards on people by the way their hair looked.
a week or every two weeks I pre-condition my hair in sections with
protein conditioner, coconut oil and olive oil, then put on a plastic
bag or steam my hair (without a plastic bag) for 30mins to an hr. Then I
will detangle my hair under water and shampoo. I always shampoo my hair
in sections and apply shampoo directly to my scalp. After cleansing my
hair I will apply moisturizing conditioner in sections and sit under my
Huetiful Hair steamer. Then I will wash out the deep conditioner and
then mix up an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse. The Acv mix consists of a
pint of COLD H20, 4 table spoons of ACV, honey and 5 to 10 drops of
rosemary. Then I will pour the mixture on my hair as a final rinse. A
tip, the cold H20 in the ACV rinse serves as a cold water rinse to close
the hair cuticles.
rarely wear my hair out to minimize tangles and where I live is very
windy and can be a recipe for disaster. I also just started a hair
challenge on my blog Qrush Velvet where I incorporate the greenhouse
technique or Real Queens regimen to the ends of my hair. And every 6 to 8
weeks I also apply Aphogee protein treatment.
I switch between Dr. Bonners castile and peppermint (mixed together)
and Qhemet Biologics Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing tea. Conditioners:
Mane n tail (used as a prepoo or pre shampoo), Redken All Soft, Vatika
Hot oil conditioner (Dull and Lifeless). Leave-in: Shea butter, Qhemet
Biologics Amla & olive heavy cream or Burdock Root Butter cream and
seal with Jamaican black castor oil. Random Oils: Jojoba, coconut,
Jamaican black castor (my fav), almond, Amla, Vatika, and olive oil (2nd
fav). Essential oils: rosemary. Misc products: Aloe Vera juice, honey,
apple cider vinegar or AVC (final rinse) Alghogee Protein treatment and
What have you learned throughout your journey? Any advice for others on their journey?
hair thrives from protective styling. It is fun for me to try different
hair styles that preserve my ends and also keeps my boredom at bay. My
hair more importantly needs a balance of moisture and protein for
optimal growth. Water is the best natural moisturizer on the planet; it
is and will always be a stable product for my hair. When my hair was
chemically treated I was taught to run from water by any means necessary
but my natural hair craves water and mixing in aloe vera juice is
another added benefit. For years I would bleach, detangle my hair bone
dry, would not wrap at night, and wash once a month all of which was
disastrous for my hair and honestly, I am lucky to have any hair after
years of abuse. I have learned to be gentle with my hair and treat it
with plain TLC. For a period of time the only look I wore was an afro
daily but I learned there is versatility and there are many ways natural
hair can be styled. My hair has taught me to always think outside the
box and if I don’t like just start over.
is what you will rely on the most throughout your journey. Your hair
will constantly change and the more length your hair retains the more
you must be willing to listen to what your hair needs. The needs will
begin with treating your hair like fine silk and giving it constant TLC.
Personally any technique, product etc. that looks good but will cause
damage is a “NO” in my world and there are always other options. Start a
hair journal to document progress, products used and hair goals. Do
your research, join hair boards, informative blogs, find a local hair
forum that meets in your city and talk to experienced naturals
(experience is not always based on hair length). Surround yourself with
positive people who will support and not discourage. And for the newly
naturals, shrinkage is part of the journey so embrace it and know the
health of your hair far outweighs length. Lastly relax do not stress,
when your hair is treated with love surprisingly your hair will show it.
Twitter: Eureka @qrushvelvet