First, I must say…sorry for the big flowers over my eyes in the photos but I want to star t the photos right under my eyes so that I can see the progress more clearer and others.
Secondly, I couldn’t take the box braids anymore…as pretty as they were they were just ANNOYING to me! Heavy, limited styling, I couldn’t take them ooff of my head like I could with my wig I missed so dealry. The only thing I enjoyed about having those box braids was that it limited the manipulation of my hair because I love love love running my fingers through my hair lol.
So anyway! This is my progress so far into my big chop. If you can not see the words just click on the photo to enlarge it!
i have done a zip through of the last two photos in previous post but I don’t mind repeating myself especially if someone new has discovered my blog or this post
A quick presentation through my photos…
1st photo (11-11-12):
A few days after my big chop. I had trimmed off the relaxed hair left, moisturized my hair using conditioner and African Pride moisturizer which I no longer use because it sucks for NATURAL HAIR…its great on relaxed hair. I spritzed it with some oils I believe a olive oil, rosemary and coconut mix.
2nd photo (11-22-12):
A week and some day after the last photo I had just recently bought some shea butter curly… revive from Carson soft sheen and Luster’s Pink growth…it did wonders to my hair, made it softer but it was still on the brittle side. My hair grew a little and retained moisture alot more. in this photo my hair is fluffed out.
3rd photo (12-16-12:
I just took out my box braids after having them in for 25 days…I only washed my hair once during the duration…moisturized continuously with SOFTSHEEN CARSON Mango oil & Cupuacu Butter Feather Whipped Curl Cream. The other moisturizer I m using is Pink GrowComplex 3000 Hair Dress. You probably can’t see much of a difference in my hair from the last photo but I sure can feel it! My edges are the longest they have ever been they reach my eyebrow which is saying something! Also my hairline might look a little different but thats because it is..I trimmed it while I was wearing my braids…I didnt like the puffy edges look. My hair is the softest its ever been in a long time. My hair is growing out evenly…its retaining moisture! Its just great, I love it and I can’t wait to see what it will look like by Jan the 16th!
My big chop progress has been going great. Right now I am in the progress of doing my hair in box braids. I started this natural journey back in June and now I am in the big chop stage. So far I have completed my goal of finding a usual moisturizer (Lusters Pink GrowComplex), shampoo (SoftSheen Carson) and deep treatment/conditioner (Softsheen Carson Shea Butter Green Tea Reconstructing Deep Treatment). As my protein treatment I will just be using cream peanut butter…yes the type that you make sandwich with…its cheap and easy to put on.
I have received my hairfinity pills and I start taking them today. I know some people are against that but its my choice and your problem. So far without pills my hair seems as though it has grown. But since I am putting my hair in box braids then I won’t see the progress until I have taken them out which is why I am posting my progress now instead of Dec. 11.
So just a quick zip through my pictures. My first photo is the big chop, I started off with dry hair along with uneven and still some relaxed hair attached. My second photo I trimmed all the relaxed hair and had just moisturized my hair with conditioner and African pride moisturizer (that moisturizer sucks!) and combed it out. In my 3rd photo I had just finished spritzing my hair with water and combed it out with my wide tooth comb.
So that’s my journey so far! Thanks for reading!
So I am so happy to say that I no longer am in need of a good moisturizer because I found them! How did I know I found the right moisturizer? Well I tried doing twists on my hair. Before i did the big chop and I had long hair I still had a problem with high porosity and I could not retain moisture well. So every time I went to twist my hair the twist would never stay in and the ends would never twist right…now…with the big chop + moisture..the twist stayed in overnight honey! I mentioned the moisturizers I used before…and I just wanted to correct myself. I said the curl moisturizer I was using was shea butter but that was incorrect. The name of the curl cream is SOFTSHEEN CARSON Mango oil & Cupuacu Butter Feather Whipped Curl Cream. The other moisturizer I m using is Pink GrowComplex 3000 Hair Dress.
Now with the curl cream after I spritz my hair with water I apply it first. It helps bring out/define my curls. Since it’s dense I use it as part of my moisturizer because it stays on well over night. With the Pink GrowComplex…its very light cream. I apply that to my hair after I apply the curl cream. The Pink GrowComplex helps soften my hair, makes it feel stronger and keeps the moisture in…its kind of like a seal for my hair, I actually don’t even need to use my little olive oil/coconut oil mixture as a seal anymore because this works fine by its self.
I actually went 2 days without moisturizing my hair and it still stayed moist. When I spritz it with water my hair just revives and feels better. My hair doesn’t get greasy from it but depending on how much you use it could feel a little like product build up overtime…thats when I would wash my hair.
The down side of this is the curl cream cost $7.99 + tax where I got it from.The Pink GrowComplex cost $5.99…so if I run out of this every month I’ll be paying bout $16 unless I stretch them out. But you know what…that’s better than blowing money on trying to find out WHAT to use….I’m sooo glad I did the big chop. I love learning something new every day!
I do not want to get my hopes up but I think i have succeed in retaining moisture in my hair!
I realized this when I woke up 3 days ago..felt my hair and it was still..moist and soft!
What did I do? Changed around my moisturizers. I got rid of the African Pride moisturizer I was using. It was too thin and too light…I think it was actually drying my hair more because there wasn’t enough. Instead of using the African Pride I replaced it with some Jason Organic Conditioner that I got from the local store here…it helped retain moisture but only for a few hours…which was progress from my hair drying in less than an hour. So I’m putting that conditioner to rest…I never liked the smell of it and it didn’t do much for my hair when I actually shampooed and conditioned it.
So what am I using now? Well I had to dig deep because I was getting a little fed up with feeling like I’m almost there but not quiet. So I remembered when I was younger and I used to get my hair braided a lot…there was this Product from “Pink” that I used to use..that helped with repairing damaged, dry hair and it made my hair extremely soft…its called GroComplex 3000® Hairdress.
So I just so happen to think of it again when I was at my BSW (Beauty Supply Warehouse) and by chance they had it! So I bought it…and then on my way out I just happened to turn my head and there it was! Sheabutter! My hands were already full from grabbing the Pink cream that I wanted so the only thing that I obtained from Sheabutter was the shampoo and curl cream (because I love playing with my curls).
As soon as I got home I got to moisturizing my hair and let me tell I could feel the change! I put the cream in my hair from Pink then an hour later I strand tested the Sheabutter curl cream and it works great but it says on the bottle that you need the spray to revive the curl so I wont be using it much. But any who that Luster’s Pink cream worked wonders on my hair.
As for the Shea shampoo I’m a little iffy about using shampoo in general because I dont want to completely clean and remove all of the moisture from my hair. But my hair does need to be washed because I have not washed in over 7 days since I have been trying to retain moisture and shampooing would be a HUGE contradiction.
So today before I go home after work, I’m going to stop by BSW and finish purchasing the rest of the Sheabutter products link conditioner…if they have a moisturizers I’ll try it…whatever appeals to me lol. When I get home I plan on shampooing my hair and conditioning my hair..letting it air dry and moisturizing/sealing to see if it truly is the Lusters Pink cream working or it is just the after effects of the conditioner i have been using then the effect of putting a moisturizer on top of that. Also to see if it is still moist the next day like it has been.
I’m so proud of myself I’m actually getting somewhere with this and my hair actually looks like its growing…I can’t wait to take some new pics and compare them to the old. I wont be taking any until Dec. 11 to make it fair from the last time I took photos.