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New Natural Curls

My second twist out was a big improvement. As I continued my research, I read that leave-in conditioner helps in creating great curl definition while continuing to keep the hair moisturized. So I did some research on the best leave-in. You want to find a leave-in conditioner that is mostly water. Look for water as a first Ingredient. You want to avoid: mineral oil, parabens, petroleum and drying alcohols i.e. SD Alcohol 40, Ethanol, SD Alcohol and Propanol.  These are chemicals that tend to dry out your hair.

Pick a leave-in conditioner that fits your type of porosity. My hair has a high porosity, so water penetrates my hair quickly. A heavier thick conditioner is best for my hair. I chose
Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner to create my twists.  I sprayed a twist section with my water/coconut oil mixture, then I added a small dime size amount of leave-in, and then a small amount of Care Free Curl Activator and twisted. I also added perm rods on the ends this time. My twist out was extra curly because of the perm rods, but my curls were well defined, and stayed curled all day. I kept outside curls, and the roots got frizzy, giving volume to my hairstyle. It didn’t look thin this time. It looked like a 2nd day hair the 1st day!

I also believe that with time your hair becomes trained, and takes better to the twists each time.


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Products Reviewed:


First Twist Out

There is actually a whole glossary for Natural Hair. So reviewing the glossary is helpful to us Newbies.


Naturally spirally curls (3/C)

The type of hair that I have does not create those naturally spiral curls when wet.

My hair type (4/B) produces small wavy curls. The curls have little definition and are hard to see when the hair is dense. So in order to create large curls that are defined in a style, I have to twist my hair. Twists are usually left in for several days to achieve greater curl definition. There are also many products on the market that enhance curl definition, while also keeping the hair moisturized.

My first twist out was a challenge. The twists were done small, so although there was curl definition, they were hard to see because of the density of my hair. The curls did not stay very long because they were small. I re-twisted hair all day. I probably messed with it too much , and it got frizzy fast.

So I went and bought Care Free Curl Activator, and Curl’s Unleashed at Sally’s. I twisted my hair again with larger twists using both products (to see which one I like most), and mixture of water and coconut oil. The twists were bigger this time, and they held better, didn’t frizz, and were a heavier in weight. It felt like the activator clumped the hair together well. I left in the twists overnight, hoping they would dry by morning.

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First Twist Out

I was right, when I took the twists out, they were dry but moisturized well, and the curl definition was better! My hair still got frizzy at the root by the end of the day, but the ends we’re holding . The twists unravel from the root, but the ends stayed twisted.

They say that 2nd day hair is better, but I learned that the hard way. As the day progresses, so does your hair. The type of hair that I have sucks up moisture in the air like there’s no tomorrow, so the roots become very frizzy. Being the Newbie that I am, I kept re-twisting my hair throughout the day. I think I just got tired and frustrated, and stopped twisting. The next day the hair at the root was frizzy, but it also gave my style more volume. I also spent lots of time viewing photographs of other “Natural sista’s” hairdos, and found that volume is what you want! The bigger, the better! Frizz at the roots may not be so bad after all.

2nd Day Hair

2nd Day Hair

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Getting to know my natural hair

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My “Natural” hair journey May 22, 2014

I decided to go “all natural”, starting my journey to natural, healthy hair. The decision to go natural was an easy decision. I considered several things before deciding: Cost of keeping my hair straight was getting “ridiculous”. My natural hair was actually pretty long and healthy. I want to establish a natural look that I might like later in life.

I was apprehensive because I don’t really know my natural hair. I don’t how to take care of it, I didn’t know what it would look like, and it’s so different, I’ll be asked about the change constantly.

I’ve been reading a lot, and I’ve learned a lot. So it turns out that my natural hair is very dry . My hair on the natural hair chart is between a 4 b/c. That means it’s kinky, and wavy/zigzag, springy, not real dense, but cotton soft. It shrinks about 50% of its length when it dries. I’m hoping that my hair grows thicker.

Back in 1983 I had a Care Free curly perm. A short Afro. My hair was the healthiest at this time. It grew like crazy! I cut it all the time. I learned from research that Care Free curl moisturizer activator has a high concentration of humectant (glycerin and aloe Vera) as well as protein, and can still be used as a moisturizer with natural hair. It’s very beneficial with dry hair. But humectants have a tendency to attract moisture, which ultimately creates frizz! So it’s something that I have to experiment with. I’ve also been mixing water and Coconut Oil to keep my hair sealed.

These product have worked great so far with twists. Living in California with the dry air, helps to keep the frizzing down. So there’s hope ahead.