Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Beauty Products

My natural journey has changed my life. I now try to use only natural products on my hair and body. I also make my own natural hair spritz. In the beginning of discovering what works for me; I tried several products. My family at times giggles at me because I now read hair and skin product labels. Which bring me to the sisterlock starter shampoo? After reading many blogs I know many did not use it for several reasons. I have my concerns because it contains Sodium Laureth which is not healthy for your hair, but I am aware that it is perfect for starting locks because of the drying effect. Well, I probably will stick to only natural shampoo without condition. I will talk more about that with my consultant.
I am now more conscious of not just taking care of my hair but myself physically, spiritually, and mentally. I am not a young buck anymore, and would like to age gracefully, so being proactive is imperative. Although my schedule is very hectic; these are my proactive plans to take care of myself:
1. Physically: exercise, walking, dancing, monthly body message, and maybe yoga.
2. Spiritually: read the bible more, get more involved with church, read and listen to inspirational books, and stay optimistic.
3. Mentally: I am in graduate school to advance my career, dedicating more quiet time to self, and twice a week in the sauna.

My Transitional Days

Below are some pics of me back in the days. Well, actually it's been a little over a year since I've been natural. I received my first perm at age 13. I will never forget that day; I was so excited because it symbolized back then I was growing up. Over the years, I had many experiences bad and good with perms. The idea of going natural was out of the questions because I had no idea how to take care of natural hair. I was definitely brainwashed to believe natural hair is difficult to manage, and I wasn't aware of the different label texture types. Before my awakening, natural to me was associated with nappy and ugly. However, relocating to AZ, initiated my natural liberation because it was very frustrating finding a hair stylist and the dry heat in AZ was bad for my hair. My hair was always dry, hard, and started to break. It didn't look healthy, so I desperately needed a change. I decided to let the perm grow out but the transition wasn't easy. I transitioned with kinky twist, individual braids, press and curl. I noticed that the edges of my hair were breaking because of the tight braids. After getting frustrated again, I did my homework and found natural websites with loads of information and that was the beginning of my relationship with my natural hair. I cut the perm off, order books, and was empowered to begin taking care of my hair.