Diet and Hair

What goes into your body is as important to your hair as those weekly deep conditions.

Our bodies are like a big factory. Everything that goes into our bodies is used for many different purposes like keeping your bones and muscles healthy and providing nutrients for your hair and skin.

I’m no dietician but I know that keeping a healthy, balanced diet can be beneficial for your hair as well as overall health. I say a “balanced” diet because who doesn’t like to have a juicy cheeseburger and some greasy fries every now and then? I say junk food isn’t so bad as long as you don’t have it all the time.

Here is an article I came across and some of the foods mentioned were very shocking.

Best and Worst Foods for Healthy Hair

If you are transitioning or are already going natural, think about ways you can make your life even healthier than it already is. What are some things you can cut down on or even start doing to make your life as happy and healthy as possible.

The most important thing, in my opinion, is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drink lots of water, especially now in the summer time where the heat and humidity can be exhausting.

Enjoy The Little Things

The other day, I was driving to Brooklyn to my cousin’s house.

Passing this bridge, I was just amazed by the view! The way the clouds sat perfectly over the city was just breathtaking.

Nature is something that a lot of people take for granted. When I say “take for granted” I mean that nature is something that is always around us and sometimes we don’t take the time to see and appreciate it.

The next time you are sitting in a car, or walking home, take the time to look and be aware of your surroundings. By being aware, you are opening your mind to the environment and will realize that we are just a small piece to a big puzzle.

There is more to life than meets the eye, we just have to open our eyes and see what the Universe has in store.

“You create your own universe as you go along.”

Winston Churchill

Straight to Curly

About Me

I am a curly girl. I love my natural, curly hair, but I wasn’t always so fascinated with my curls.

Growing up in a Dominican household, the image of beauty was long, slick, perfectly straight hair. Which I didn’t have, so we took bi-weekly trips to the hair salon.

I don’t understand why, but my mom felt the need to start taking me to the hair salon at the age of 6. I didn’t begin my transition until  I was 19, so that’s 13 years of constant wash-and-sets. WOW! I never even thought of it in that way, that’s a lot of damage and it explains why my hair took so long to transition to its natural state.

After loads of research and hours of watching youtube videos, I decided to start my journey May of 2015.

The Process

Holy molyyyy!! This process is not for everyone! For starters, you need patience and I can’t stress this enough. It’s like anything in life, it’s a process, and you must stay consistent and dedicated to see results. The process is so tedious and it’s easy to want to give up, I almost did a few times, but when you do begin to see results, it’s the best feeling in the world.

It took me about 4 months to see any results.

If you are new to the natural community, I recommend you visit naturallycurly.com.

Take the hair quiz first to know your hair type. (I’m 3C)

They have a bunch of articles on everything you need to know about transitioning (protective hairstyles, sleeping tips, natural deep conditions, hair routines, etc.). I suggest you also do a porosity test to find which kind of products (or brands) work best with your hair. Knowing this about your hair will make your transitioning process smoother and hopefully quicker.

Youtube is a great resource to learn how to deal with your hair. Especially if your hair is in an awkward stage, as mine was for about a year. It was so bad that I LITERALLY wore the same hairstyle for like 3 months. I luckily found a few “youtubers” with my same hair type that were pretty dedicated to sharing their tips and tricks with the world and I am extremely grateful! I’m not much of a creative person, so finding inspiration on youtube was helpful for my transition.

Pinterest was also extremely helpful for my transition. I found a whole bunch of natural deep conditions (DIY’s) that saved me a lot of money! On pinterest I learned a lot about the benefits of natural products like coconut oil, honey, rice water, avocado’s, mayonnaise, even onions! Yes, I said onions. It sounds gross, and smells gross, but the benefits are priceless!!!

The Transition

Going from straight to curly is not easy! As I said before, it takes a lot of dedication and consistency.

Keeping a consistent routine will get your hair ‘used to’ the change you are about to put it through.

When transitioning, I kept a simple routine. Alternating (weekly) between DIY deep conditions and oil treatments (one week deep condition, next week oil treatment). Its very important to keep your scalp clean to promote hair growth. Making sure your new growth is healthy is a key component to successful transitioning. The old (damaged) hair is important too, but not as important since it is damaged. Most people just start off with a ‘big chop’ to have a fresh start.

(I will be posting a more in-depth routine soon.)

I chose not to do a ‘big chop’ because I wanted to maintain my length, but ended up chopping about half of it because my damaged hair was just weighing my hair down. After I chopped my hair, my curls flourished! (This was where my awkward stage began.)

If this post was helpful or you have any suggestions, questions or tips, leave a comment.