Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Experiment: Going All Natural

I just had a brain fart.

Okay, not just - it's been in the back of my mind for awhile but then I had twists in and it was forgotten about completely. Until I removed the twists and did my usual hair recovery ritual and realised...I don't think my hair's liking the products I'm using anymore. Nor my ever changing routine. It does this every once in awhile; rejects old faithfuls, changes its mind about the perfect hair food or whatever. At the moment, it seems it's not liking anything much. And I'm tired of trying to find the holy grail of products. In the wake of my decision to listen to my hair, cut off the damaged parts of it, re-look my product use and routine, I thought it would be a fitting time for me to try something very new; all natural products. In other words, if I can't eat it, it has no business on my head.

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I'm not crazy. Think about it...what did humans do 400, 1 000 years ago when shampoo didn't exist? Or before So-and-so launched their naturals' line? What did we do? Honestly, I've come to the realisation this year that we've become so far removed from nature - from what we eat to what we use on our bodies to what our bodies are naturally designed to do. This past year I've changed my diet for health reasons and my health seems to have improved dramatically. Just by eating differently. It made me remember that God created us thousand of years ago and we began with nothing but the earth and what it offered us. Got a burn? Rub some honey on it. Want whiter teeth? Brush them with baking soda. If I've taken this mentality to my diet, why not extend it to other parts of my lifestyle? God wouldn't have put us here without the basic tools to take care of ourselves. I really do believe that.

So, what would I need?
  • Shampoo/cleanser - well, to clean my hair of course.
  • Deep conditioner - to restore moisture lost in the washing process.
  • Leave-in conditioner/daily spritz - to keep my naturally dry hair moisturised
  • Lotion/butter - for scalp and hair. Preferably something creamy in texture to make it easier to smooth onto my hair.
  • Oil - for hot oil treatments when my hair needs some TLC.
  • Gel - to help smooth my edges and hold certain styles.
I'm not sure of how often I'd have to practice certain steps yet. So I'm going to see how my hair reacts and try pay attention to what it's saying. Some of the necessities I can easily see working straight away but others I'm a bit ummm, on the fence about (no shampooing) but it's all part of the experimenting process right? Hence the term 'experiment', if it doesn't work then at least I can say I tried haha. I mean, others have come before me and have survived. My theory is if it's natural, it shouldn't do me much harm.

Here are a couple of great sources on how to begin going all natural with your hair products.

8 Hair Care Treatments You Can Make Yourself

Naptural85's video on the products she uses

Of course, I'll be documenting my ups and downs with this experiment right here and I welcome anyone else to join me. I'm VERY excited :D

5 comments:

  1. As I live in japan where black hair products are hard to find, I did this months ago and absolutely love it! Warning tho, it is seriously addictive and I now make my own body moisturisers and scrubs!
    Good luck

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  2. My hair does that too... randomly rejects a product(s) it used to love. I washed and conditioned my hair with my old faithfuls last night and woke up with the most epic hair disaster. my hair was dry as straw this morning. If I had been extra quiet I would had it crackle lol. I had to pop out of the office to the store to hunt down some sort of rescue rememdy (new conditioning and moisturizing products)before more of my hair just breaks right off *sigh*

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  3. naptural85 is truly a testimony that Products don't grow hair, and less is more. But I like to try different things so I use both natural products (shea butter n such) and man made products (shea moisture). I figure God gave those people the idea to whip up those products so i'll support them :)
    themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

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  4. "God wouldn't have put us here without the basic tools to take care of ourselves" I say Amen to that. Everything we need to keep ourselves 100% from hair follicles, spirit, to toe nails was hand made by God - It's sad that we tend to prefer man made solutions.

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  5. I pretty much mix everything up myself (Naptural85, Kimmaytube leave-in, missT1806 clay wash, missvcharles, etc. to name a few) with the exception of buying cheap rinse-out conditioners(sauve, herbal essence and aussie moist). One of the main reasons I became natural was that I could not afford going and keeping up with my hairdresser. (Karen J)

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