the journey back to what nature intended…

flat twists and two strand twists June 28, 2013

Filed under: Protective styling,Styles,Uncategorized — Ebabs @ 12:55 am

Right now I’m tired of fussing with my hair every evening trying to ‘set’ it in twists etc just to have presentable hair the next day. Low maintainance is key for me right now so I’ve been trying out new styles using my own hair that would last for at least a week. These twists have lasted me over a week now and I intend to leave them in for at least another week!                                                                                       


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One Year Natural Hair Anniversary! June 5, 2013

So its been a whole year since my big chop!
The time has flown by so quickly and its been really interesting to see my hair go through different stages and getting to know my hair and what works and doesn’t work!
The main lesson learnt during this year is to keep things simple with my hair. I must confess I did become a product junkie for a while, desperate to find what worked for my hair but I’m now gradually learning to simplify my regime. Time is always a factor when one has a family and home to take care of, so I found I wasn’t relishing wash days as much.

The main products which I’ve stuck with during this past year are my sulfate free shampoo – Creme of Nature Argan Oil, Conditioner – Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner, leave in conditioner – Giovanni Direct Leave in and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
My hair has grown quite nicely and I’m definitely loving that I can do puffs easily now – a quick style option for when I don’t have time to perfect a twist out. Though when time permits I still love trying out some of those styles I see on youtube!

I’m still as excited with my natural hair as the day I did my big chop a year ago!

My one year natural hair journey in pics:

The big chop May 29th 201

The big chop May 29th 2012

Big chop Month 1

Big chop

my first 'lil puff (just!)

my first ‘lil puff (just!)

loving the puff!

A few months later, I’m loving the puff!

9 months natural

9 months natural, dealing with shrinkage!

side puff

side puff

funky fro hawk! (11 months)

funky fro hawk! (11 months)

fro hawk side

fro hawk sideview

curly fro

curly fro

curly fro

curly fro

rocking this hair!

rocking this natural hair!



favorite puff! (12 months natural)

my favorite puff! (12 months natural)

Natural hair journey


Protective Styling: A trip to the hair salon! April 4, 2013

Hey its been a couple of month since my last post! In this time I have really been enjoying rocking my natural hair in twists during the week and twist outs and buns at the weekend and more recently I’ve discovered the ‘Bantu Knot-out’  which gives a variation to the twist out look.

All this excitement with my natural hair is also due to the fact that my hair has grown long enough to look quite cute in these styles and almost resemble some of those youtube naturalistas I spend my time ogling haha! I now have between 6.5-7 inches all over and that really makes a difference when doing some of these styles. Mind you,  with the added length comes more responsibility…now I’m experiencing some of those detangling woes I often read about on hair forums!

Anyway, I felt it was time to give myself and the hair a break. Cue protective style.

My dilemna: to do it myself or brave the four walls of an actual hair salon eek! You see since I decided to transition to natural hair in Dec 2011 I have not had a reason to enter a salon apart from that blessed day on May 29th 2012 when I went in to my hairdressers salon to big chop. Since then its been all DIY and learning about my hair along the way. I’ve self installed Yarn braids (Genie locs), Kinky twists, Chunky Twists all by myself.  Yes I must admit not all of them have been major hits but I’m learning and will keep improving on my technique. My main issue is first of all the amount of time it takes me to install them. Having 2 young kids leaves me only the evenings and the early hours of the morning to do them, so most times I’ve ended up spending around 3 evenings braiding late into the night installing them. Secondly they didn’t last as long as I would have liked as they got fuzzy really quickly so usually by 3 weeks they are ready to be taken down.  Well this time I was just not feeling all of that and so decided to put my hair in the hands of a professional braider.

Here’s how I prepared my hair before my trip there:

1. I detangled my hair using Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner

2. Washed the hair with sulfate free shampoo – Creme of Nature Argan oil

3. Protein treatment using Aubrey Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner

4. Deep conditioned using Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair (mixed a spoon of olive oil with this).

5. Applied my Leave in conditioner Giovanni and sealed my ends with olive oil, twisted the hair into 11 twists using shea butter.

6. I let the hair air dry but not fully dry, around 75% dry. Then used my blow dryer without the comb attachment and on the cold setting. I used the tension method to stretch the hair.

All the above steps helped prep my hair so it was nice and soft and tangle free. The hair wasn’t  totally bone straight as I used the cold setting but it was nicely stretched.

Now at the hair salon, the first thing the stylist brought once I sat in the chair was a blow dryer! Yikes. I had to really protest that my hair did not need blowdrying as I had done this at home already. She looked at me with skepticism in her eyes but once she started sectioning the hair to twist I could see her relax as my hair easily parted with no tangles. One thing she said to me is ‘oh I see you are one of ‘those” lol…A natural in a hair salon. I observed  most of the customers were relaxing their hair only to fix a weave over it. Hark, this is what I used to do! Anyway I had to give instructions along the way of not twisting the hair at my the hairline, I told them I didn’t mind if it wasn’t super neat, just leave the hair line alone! There was a bit of rough parting with a comb by another stylist who joined to do the back of the hair. No dozing off for me in that 3 and 1\2 hour session!

I was pleased with the end result. Overall I think i got off lightly and with most of my hair still on my head and not on the combs. The size of the twists were just right.

Now to maintain this for the next 10 weeks or so…I’m armed with my spray bottle mix to keep my hair moisturised – consisting of water, aloe vera juice, olive oil and a little leave in conditioner. I also use castor oil on my edges a few times a week. Oiling my scalp with an oil mixture of Jojoba oil, castor oil and tea tree essential oil. I plan to wash them at the halfway point but cleanse my scalp with witch hazel using a cotton wool ball when my scalp feels dirty.

So there you go. My professionally installed protective style!


puff style

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Protective styles, Regimens and Products ( part 1) January 16, 2013

I have my hair in two strand twists at the moment. I did them on Sunday evening after washing and conditioning my hair.
For a while after I did my big chop, I didn’t really have a set routine as I was mostly co- washing in the shower and just applying gel for a ‘wash and go’ style. It was easy and fuss free and I would just spritz the hair the following morning with my spritz mixture of distilled water, olive oil, few drops of tea tree oil and leave-in conditioner (Kinky kurly knot today). This would almost instantly wake up my coils and with just a little palm rolling my wash and go would be revived. I had this routine for pretty much 4 or 5 months whenever my hair was out.

In between this time I did some protective styles to give my hair a break.
The first protective style I did was after 2 months of rocking my bc. It was the Yarn braids or Genie locs.
This involved braiding my hair with wool. I didn’t make them too long in length or too tiny either. I did encounter bits of my hair sticking out from the braid as my technique was still basic and my hair was still very short to catch. It seemed to take forever to install myself. I installed them over 3 days. I was quite pleased with the end result though. I had them in for 5 weeks and washed them once during this time. The washing was a bit tedious as the wool got really heavy with water. It’s like washing a jumper! I was really conscious of build up and rinsed the hair several times to get rid of any conditioner in the yarn.
Drying it was another issue and it took a few hours to completely dry. What I liked best about these yarn braids was that they were super light and did not drag on my hair. Also they kept my hair nice and moisturised whilst in.
The take down wasn’t too traumatic as I hadn’t made them too tiny. I did notice that I shed quite a bit of hair whilst I washed it afterwards. It really worried me seeing all the hair coming out. I did regular protein treatments using K-pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor and that really helped reduce the breakage I was experiencing. As per hair growth during this time, I had more than half an inch of growth and it was quite noticeable when I tried to do my usual wash and go and it wasn’t as easy to just palm roll the hair anymore!

My next post will be about other protective styles I did following this and how I developed my routine.





7 months since my big chop – the journey so far… January 9, 2013

Filed under: hair growth,Styles,TWA,Twist out — Ebabs @ 11:42 am

Happy new year!

Its been a while I last updated this blog but I’ve decided to start posting more regularly this year. Life has been going on fine and I have been enjoying my natural hair in all its glory and uniqueness!  Since that time I’ve been experimenting with different styles, protective styles (post to follow with pics) and products!

I have now been fully natural for 7 months. My last relaxer was at the beginning of December 2011 and I transitioned for 6 months. I had my big chop on the 29th of May 2012 and my hair was cut down to approx 2 inches to get it into a shape and get rid of all the permed ends.I now have approx 6 inches of hair all round! I am so pleased with the way my hair is thriving and I have the added bonus of being able to bun my hair at last! Milestone alert 🙂 . I will be discussing about my regimen and products in a future post soon.

In the meantime enjoy my hair journey so far in pictures:

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Short Hair July 1, 2012

Filed under: Big Chop,confidence,self image,TWA — Ebabs @ 7:36 am

I read this piece recently and loved it as this is the season of my natural hair journey at the present.

from Vogue
by Joan Juliet Buck

Joan Juliet Buck, a devoted short-hair convert, explains why it makes a difference.

Hair is time.

Women with short hair always look as if they have somewhere else to go. Women with long hair tend to look as if they belong where they are, especially in California. Short hair takes a short time. Long hair takes a long time. Long hair moves faster than short hair. Long hair tells men that you are all woman, or a real woman, or at the very least a girl. Short hair always makes them wonder. Short hair makes children ask each other –usually at the school-yard gate, when parents are late– “Are you a boy or girl?” Men married to women with short hair should not have affairs with women who have long hair kept up with many little pins and combs. Once you have cut your hair you have to remember to wear lipstick, but you can put away the brush, elastics, and the black barrettes in the form of shiny leaves with rhinestone hearts. When you cut your hair you lose a nose and gain a neck. A neck is generally better than a nose. It does not need to be powdered, except on extreme occasions. It does, however, need to be washed more often.

With short hair you suddenly dislike the month of March, when the wind blows down the back of your neck. With short hair you begin to crave pearl necklaces, long earrings, and a variety of sunglasses. And you brush your teeth more often. Short hair removes obvious femininity and replaces it with style. When it starts growing out a little and losing its style, you have to wear sunglasses until you can get it to the hairdresser. That’s why you need a variety. Short hair makes you aware of subtraction as style. You can no longer wear puffed sleeves or ruffles; the neat is suddenly preferable to the fussy. You eye the tweezers instead of the blusher. What else can you take away? You can’t hide behind short hair. Your nape is exposed. Men put their hands around your neck instead of stroking your long locks. You can only pray they have friendly intentions. The backs of your ears show, your jaw line is clear to anyone watching, and you realize –perhaps for the first time– how wide the expanse of skin is between cheekbone and ear.

You may look a little androgynous, a little unfinished, a little bare. You will look elegant, as short hair requires you to keep your weight slightly below acceptable levels. However, the first time you wear a bathing suit with short hair, you will feel exceptionally naked. People who used to look straight at you will love you in profile. Short hair makes others think you have good bones, determination, and an agenda. The shape of your skull is commented on, so are its contents. They can pick you out in a crowd, and you can be recognized from behind, which can be good or bad. But your face is no longer a flat screen surrounded by a curtain: the world sees you in three dimensions.

Chase to the cut.


Rocking my new twa – a week in pictures June 14, 2012

Filed under: Big Chop,TWA — Ebabs @ 11:21 pm