Tina writes:

Hey Nikki,

 It has been 26 months since I Big Chopped (March 2010) and looking back it’s amazing how far I’ve come emotionally, physically and creatively. I decided to look back at my own journey and reflect on how amazing it has been! I love my hair … but even more I love the effect it has had on various aspects of my life – I’m more confident, I have a greater sense of ME, and I am ever branching out into being more creative (as far out as jewelry making now, lol). Wanted to share a few pics, my regimen and my gratitude for the wealth of information you and your readers give me everyday. Without the amazing natural hair community, my mane would not be where it is today!

My current regimen:
I pre-poo with mixed oils then co-wash my hair every 7-10days and always follow through with my homemade deep condition mix (fav conditioner, honey, coconut oil, essential tea tree), and rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV). Next I twist- rocking the twists a few days before I release it to ‘twist-out’. Somewhere in between days 7-10 I wash and start over again. For hair treats, I henna every other month (If I’m not too lazy, lol), and do a Bentonite clay treatment once a month.

My nightly routine:
If in twists – I prep as seen in this video (http://youtu.be/8TWW8JRgBog ). If I twist-out, I pineapple and twist the top or simply twist without the pineapple depending on the look I’m going for the next day. I’ll mist sparingly with water and a apply moisturizing butter as needed to replenish my strands with moisture.

Current Products:
Cleansing: Bentonite clay w/ ACV and aloe vera juice

Rinse Out Conditioners: Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, VO5 moisture milks
Deep Conditioners: Combination of Aussie Moist 3 minute conditioner, honey, coconut oil, essential tea tree oil

Leave in: Modified Kimmaytube mix

Sealants: Coconut oil, jojoba oil

Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie, homemade whipped shea butter mix

A girl on a tight budget, I keep my regimen and products very simple. While every now and then I might try something new I find I always come back to my basics outlined above. For more info on my journey please check out my youtube channel (where I also share quick, easy recipes) or my Facebook Hair Journey Album

Thanks for letting me share!