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My Natural Hair Bucket List

bucketlistSince I went natural in August of 2014, I have come up with SO many products, accessories, colors and styles that I want to try out on my hair. And I’ve actually done ALOT. I’ve colored it seven times, done two big chops, and tried out about 8 unique styles and have accrued about 2 bags of accessories, and I’m no where near stopping. But there are some major natural hair bucket list items that I’m totally fixated on.

Not everybody is going to agree with my choices, but the way my life set up. . I don’t really care!

Figure out a go-to head wrap style, and rock the crap out of it. If I can just get ONE wrap down, I’m doing it.

head wraphead wrap2 head wrap3I’ve found so many different ways sisters can rock head scarves and head wraps, I’ve GOT to¬†try it out.


 

Try crochet braids. I mean, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the styles my naturalista sisters have come up with. I’ve got to try at least one.

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Here are some protective hairstyle pics to give you other protective style ideas, too.


 

Wear super long braids. . preferably to Jamaica. This one will be tricky because I have debilitating migraines that are FINALLY under control. But a girl can hope. Right?

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Color my hair hot pink. [You’re not gonna talk me out of this one, so please spare me the negative comments.]

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prettyinpink2Here are the colors I’ve already tried when I dyed my natural hair. You can see that pink is definitely not out of the questions.


 

Grow my hair into a SUPER fro!

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Get my top bun on! Oh my goodness! I just love them soooooooooooooooooooo much!

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Wear my glorious silver. Just let a few silver strands grow in. You gonna see!

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Feel free to share your natural hair bucket list items. I know you’ve got some.

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.