Read Momo’s story on how she stood her ground when she decided to go natural against the wishes of her family.
Are you relaxed, natural, texturized or texlaxed? Natural
What’s your story, how did you get to where you are? My mom made me believe/think that we’re ‘supposed’ to have Relaxed hair & forced me to get one each time she thought I needed one. She kept over processing it & my hair was breaking off, but I DID take proper care of it!! But even THEN my hair would not get healthy because my Natural hair was rebelling against the relaxer & it took me a while to realize my hair WASN’T supposed to be relaxed, but I’m glad I finally figured it out before ALL my hair broke off!!
I research about Healthy Hair for about a year while I was in my senior year of high school & started transitioning. I got cursed out by my mom the day she thought it was time for me to get another relaxer & she wouldn’t even let me get a word in to WHY I didn’t want one, she had me blocked in my bathroom just making it seem that I was being ‘ungrateful’ because I wouldn’t do what she told me to do & saying I must think it was ‘her’ fault that my hair was ‘messed up’. I didn’t say anything like that, I JUST wanted to be natural & she finally said she didn’t care anymore after half an hour of cursing me out & said my hair could ‘stay’ messed up.
While I continued my transition, my parents both called me all kinds of names bc my hair wasn’t ‘bone straight’ & each time I didn’t have braids, they’d say I ‘NEED’ to get a relaxer. But I just ignored their ignorant opinions & kept confident bc the only thing that mattered was what “I” thought.
After 7 months of transitioning, I BC’d on Sept. 1st, 2011 & went to the ATL Natural Hair Show with my newly natural hair. My mom went with me & when we got back home she was more open minded about natural hair after seeing all the beautiful women & men rockin their hair that God gave them.
So now I’m on my 3 month of being natural & my mom NOW brags about my hair to all her friends & our family and she also likes to buy me new products & headbands.
What is your regimen at the moment? DAILY:
Put a little Tea Tree oil* on my roots & some Olive oil* on my ends, then massage my scalp for a few minutes. Spray my hair with a bottle of water mixed with conditioner + coconut oil*, & then style it with a lilttle Fantasia IC olive gel or Kinky-Curly Custard & an afro pik.
At Night I oil my scalp & cover my hair with a skinny silk scarf* + sleep on a satin pillow case.
Shampoo with Agadir Argan Oil sulfate-free shampoo.
Conditione with Biosilk Therapy
DC with Aussie Moist, Coconut oil* (+ Hair Mayo, every 2 wks) for 30min. to 1 hour, then rinse out.
Shake hair, pat till damp with cotton T-shirt(doesn’t frizz or snag hair & soaks up water 90% faster)
Add leave-in cond.(I use a spray bottle mixed with Aussie Moist cond. + Coconut oil & water)
Style w Kinky-Curly or Fantasia IC olive gel
Dust my ends my self but every 3 months go get my ends trimed at the salon.
Also might do a Tea/Coffee rinse, Hot Oil treatment or Honey treatment(1/2 cup of honey & hot water + cond)
And your favourite product? Tea Tree oil*
What’s your signature style? My wash n go, I’m a very simple person with my hair
What is the best tip you have learned to protect your ends? Moisture & Seal every night. Trim them every 3 months, no matter WHAT. Sleep with a satin pillow case or silk scarf*. Wear protective styles in the winter. And DON’T brush from root to tip, always bottom to top.
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