Natural Hair Products I use on my TWA (teenie weenie afro)

I’ve been wearing my natural hair for five weeks and one day. My TWA is growing longer and curlier. Because I love the way it feels and looks, I’ve determined that I’m making good decisions about the natural hair products I’m using so far. For those people who are either considering the transition from perm to natural, or that are having a hard time choosing hair products that work really well with your natural hair I am going to save you some trial-and-error time (and maybe a little cost and frustration) by sharing the products I’ve tried and the results I’ve seen. Again, from doing a little research, I’ve determined that I have 3C hair, but I don’t have a lot of respect for hair types, so expect me to be trying a little bit of everything as I go forward. Keeping my hair moisturized: Just regular old, every day Olive Oil

I use Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil on my natural hair.
I found this Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil, 51-Ounce Bottle on Amazon and it was WAY cheaper than I could find it in stores.

This is not a trick I just picked up after going natural. I’ve been using olive oil every day for about twenty years to keep my hair moisturized. It works really well because it’s really light, adds just a bit of shine, and it’s about as natural as you can get. I like knowing exactly what I’m adding to my hair. But Olive Oil doesn’t do anything to bring forth the curls. And I LOVE the curls. And for about $7 a bottle at WalMart you get much more than you pay for on this one. Curls, Curls, Curls: Shea Moisture: Curling Gel Souffle

My natural hair loves Shea Moisture's Curling Gel Souffle'
Order your own Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Soufflé! (gel) today. This stuff is amazing!

This is actually the second I product I tried. I apply the gel each morning, and after I wash my hair. It gives me really tight curls and it doesn’t ever get hard or flaky. It’s not a styling gel because it never hardens, but it does help hold your side burns so you can get the wavy, tamed look. I bought this 12 oz container for $8 at WalMart and it should last me at least six weeks. It just doesn’t take a whole lot for this TWA I’m wearing right now. What DID NOT Work for me: As I Am Daily Butter Cream

Whoever designed the As I Am packaging knew that someone like me would be attracted to the rich color and gold accents. Yeah, the container is beautiful, but what’s in it doesn’t work. I’d have to apply the cream 3 times a day to keep my hair soft. And when the cream dries, it flakes. I looked like I had dandruff. Not to mention, this little 8 oz jar cost $16 at WalMart. What natural hair tips do you have for active folks? Right now, I wash my hair every other day to keep it clean. It’s working. But the natural hair bloggers say you should not wash your hair so often. They say once a week is best. Here’s the background: I’ve ALWAYS washed my hair either every day or every other day because I like the way clean hair looks and smells, and I’ve ALWAYS had people of color telling me that it’s not good for us to keep our hair clean in this way. So, I’ve never been loyal to the Black Handbook. I’m just keeping it real. But if it’s hurting my natural hair to wash it this often, I want to know because when you know better you do better. So, if you have ideas, tips, corrections I need to apply in this area. Send it on.

Where does my natural hair fit on the hair chart?

Once I began searching for hair products for natural black hair, I got a crazy amount of results that reference a specific hair type. 3b, 3a, 4b. 3abc. . Where do they come up with this stuff, like really? Just for kicks, I’m including the two most helpful charts on black hair types that I’ve found. And the term “helpful” Is more of a compliment than my actual opinion on the usefulness of any of these charts.

Natural Hair Types Chart
Natural Hair Curl Codes Picture

at the end of the day, I don't care where my natural hair is on the natural hair chartAnyway, if the hour I spent grazing over a bunch of different charts was any where near well spent, then I’m a 3c. But who cares? I have a coarser grade of natural hair. That’s actually the only detail that matters as I select products and styles for my new to natural hair. I am entering this transition to wearing my natural hair the way you would a journey – not a phase. I want to experiment with hair products, and styles, and techniques and decide on what works best for me. . not what works for all colored girls who have hair that’s like mine. I’m not sure there are enough colored girls with hair that’s exactly like mine who are in the same place in their journey as I am, so this is just an area of my life I’m going to enjoy learning as I go. Oh yeah, here’s my hair today!