My Natural Hair Journey + Helpful Hints for Beginners

About a year ago I embarked on a Natural Hair Journey. It has been challenging, to say the least. At the beginning it was natural, but extremely short. . . .


Short Short Hair

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THE GOAL = A Little Past Shoulder-Length – Naturally Curly – Healthy Hair

I had the above hairstyle for 12 years! It was beyond time for a change. But I didn’t want to go back to relaxers. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, I just personally wanted something different. I began noticing more & more beautiful, black women rocking long, natural curls. ‘YES! That’s it,’ I thought.

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. Most days I can’t tell whether it looks amazing or a hot mess! But I’m pretty sure it almost always looks a hot mess. I’ve opted for the ‘wash & go’ style. I’m quite lazy so I’ve yet to attempt any twists or whatnot, though I know they would bring me the look I truly desire. OH, & the money I’ve spent on hair products! I’m psyched for the warm weather spring brings, but I’m stressing because I’ll no longer be able to hide under beanies. Beanies & I have become BFF’s. Who knew?!



Everyday is a new experiment, I never know what I’m going to get. It’s definitely an adventure.


– Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Natural Hair Journey –

Silk/Satin Pillowcases or Bonnets are a MUST! {unless frizzy is the look you’re going for}

• Natural does NOT mean less maintenance or less expensive.

• You can put just about any type of oil in your hair. You better be putting some type of oil in your hair! My favorite oils, so far, are Coconut Oil
& Argan Oil.

• That being said, different oils have different benefits. I recently came across this nifty little guide on BlackGirlLongHair.

• Naturally curly hair is extremely fragile & breaks easily. Be gentle!

• Believe me, you need a protein treatment in your routine. The type of treatment & how often depends on your unique needs. I found this handy guide at CurlyNikki.

• Some brands I like are Shea Moisture, AS I AM, & Cream of Nature. Lots of people like Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner.

• When you get the urge to chop it off – DON’T! Give it a week, then revisit the idea. My hair would be longer by now if I had followed this advice.

• Plan ahead & practice.

• There’s something about it that’s incredibly liberating.

I honestly still have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m learning as I go. I need to put more time into it, but ugh… that’s never been my thing. I just want it to magically look great, but yeah, that’s clearly not going to happen. So this summer should be interesting. Hopefully it’s full of growth, & this time I’m not talking about self-growth.

What are some of your favorite hair products?? Have any helpful tips to share? Leave a Comment =-)

Krista-Lee-Pfeiffer :: Blogger & Creator of The Sunny Shadow

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