My name is Tiffany, I decided to go natural because I was so tired of my limp, lifeless hair. I was obsessed with having straight hair growing up and my hair was totally fried from the flat iron and wash and sets at the hair salon. I tried transitioning a few times but I never really stuck with it and always went back to straightening my hair. My curls were really stringy and dry so the only hairstyles I could really do were buns and ponytails. I wanted to embrace my natural hair and I also wanted it to be healthy and grow so I decided to big chop and go natural.
My biggest struggle when I first started was getting used to the length and figuring out hairstyles for that length. My hair was pretty short, like up to my ears and I didn’t really know what to do with it. I was so used to falling back on ponytails and buns and it was hard to get used to just leaving it alone and letting it flourish.
I transitioned for a while before I big chopped. I first transitioned without really knowing it four years ago. I washed my hair one day and thought the “curls,” looked cute lol so I tried rocking it like that all summer but when winter came I started using heat again. The second time I transitioned was September 2017. I got a small haircut because I wasn’t ready to cut my hair all the way yet. Since then I haven’t used heat (almost 1 yr!) and I big chopped in February 2018. For those looking to transition or currently transitioning I recommend:
1.) STAY AWAY FROM HEAT! Seriously that’s the best thing you can do and 2.)deep conditioning and protein treatments. This can help you SO much when you’re transitioning especially with moisture and softness. Deep conditioning was always a must for me while I was transitioning and it still is!
2.) Deep conditioning and protein treatments. This can help you SO much when you’re transitioning especially with moisture and softness. Deep conditioning was always a must for me while I was transitioning and it still is!
My go-to products right now are the Camille rose naturals coconut water leave-in conditioner, coconut water deep conditioner, Camille rose naturals almond Jai twisting butter, aunt Jackie’s curls and coils coconut curling gelee and Mielle organics white peony leave-in conditioner. I have a really hard time keeping my hair from getting dry and all those products are extremely moisturizing. I keep my hair in twists or braids most of the week and I take them out on the weekends. I always use Camille rose naturals coconut water leave-in conditioner, almond Jai twisting butter and aunt Jackie’s curls and coils coconut curling gelee to do my twist outs and braid outs. This combo keeps my hair moisturized all through the week and throughout the weekend + BOMB definition. I also love Mielle organics white peony leave-in conditioner and deep conditioner. They all really help with moisture and retaining length and less breakage.
So far I’ve learned that my hair is so beautiful and has changed so much! It’s really exciting to watch your hair change the more you take care of it. I also learned that my hair really flourishes when I leave it alone and let it do its own thing. I learned how to love my hair in its natural state and that has helped me love myself.
The BEST advice I would give someone with low porosity or 3C/4A hair would be to deep condition at least once a week. Keep your hair in protective styles and do scalp massages with Jamaican black castor oil at least every other day. Another important tip is to get trims! Trims are really important. Health over length! Better to get rid of those dead ends so you can keep growing STRONG HEALTHY hair! I trim my hair myself whenever I see my ends getting “scraggly” as I like to call it lol, basically split dead ends. Gotta get rid of those!
My weekly regimen: I wash and deep condition my hair once a week. I don’t really co-wash during the week. I deep condition for about 20 minutes and then detangle in the shower. Then I do protective styles on my hair for the week like twists or braids. I leave those in all week until the weekend and then I do it all over again the next week. The whole process usually takes me 2-3 hours. I don’t pre-poo yet! But that’s something I’ve been thinking about adding to my regimen. I use the LCO method for styling and moisturizing. I also use a method of leave-in conditioner, a cream and gel.
Naturals, I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new from Tiffany’s regimen for those of you with low porosity. I hope you found this informative. You can continue to follow her natural hair journey on Instagram CurlyZayas. If you don’t know what your hair texture is. I recommend taking the texture quiz over at NaturallyCurly.com. If you don’t know what your hair porosity is I recommend taking the test as well. You can do it with a glass of water at home. You can find more details about the test in my hair regimen for the high porosity hair.
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