Hair Basics

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Melissa Walthour 0010

 Photography by Kiyah C. Photography

 

Hey guys! I thought I ‘d create a page specially dedicated to hair! The purpose of this page is to answer any questions you may have about my natural hair, and its upkeep. I am ALWAYS learning more about natural hair, so the more I learn the more this page will grow. If there’s any information I don’t cover on this page, and you’d like to know more on, shoot me an e-mail (fruitofmybranches@yahoo.com) and I’ll look into it Smile

Here goes…

What does “go natural” mean?

“Going Natural” means to stop using chemicals (i.e. relaxers and/or texturizers) that alter your hair’s natural structure. Such chemicals loosen the hair’s curl pattern. Thus, making it appear more straight and/or makes the hair easier to straighten & keep straight. The first step in going natural is to stop using the strong chemicals. Next, in order to be considered completely natural, you have to cut off all the chemically processed hair. This can be done one of two ways: 1) chop all your hair off at the root (“big chop”), or 2) transition, which means to grow out your virgin roots until it gets to a length you’re comfortable with and then cut off the chemically processed hair on the ends (this is the route I took).

 

Why did you go natural?

Click here to find out & also check out this video.

 

How long have you been natural?

First let me say, my last relaxer was March 15, 2011, and I transitioned for 9.5 months. Then, on New Years Eve (12/31/2011), I got a burst of courage and cut off my chemically straightened hair. So, December 31, 2011 was when I “officially” became natural.

 

What is your hair type?

I would say I’m a mixture of 3b, 3c, and 4a (this is a guess/opinion; could be wrong). For a detailed description & photos, click here, and check out this video:

 

What is your “go-to” style?

I love “wash-n-gos!” Click here to see 3 ways to wash-n-go, and watch this video to see a demonstration of how I wash-n-go:

 

What’s your hair routine?

I do “The Curly Girl Method,” so I don’t use any sulfates (for more info on The Curly Girl Method, check out The Curly Girl Handbook). I like this method because it helps provide my hair with optimum moisture, and boy do I need it! Since going natural, I’ve noticed that moisture is harder to come by, and if you get some, you better hold on to It! Some of my curls are tighter than others (especially the ones in the back), so I have to keep them pumped with moisture OR ELSE!…Check out this video to see my current routine (P.S. – I currently co-wash 2 times a week):

And, here’s the most recent list of the products I use, which may be a little different from the video(s):

Detangler: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash (new 2013)
Leave-in: Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk Deep Conditioner: Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioner (new 2014) Mini Protein Treatment: ApHogee’s “Keratin 2-Minute Reconstructor” (rarely use)
Sealant: Safflower Oil (new 2014) Stylers: Eco Styler Moroccan Argan Oil Styling Gel & Beija Flor Natural’s “Creme Brulee for Kinks, Curls & Coils” Nighttime: Satin Pillow Case Water Bottle: Water + Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice