Introducing Christina J.
Hey there! My name is Christina J. I’m a 25YO energetic and cheerful gal, with thick 4a or coily tresses is my hair! Rewind back to July 2011 when I was in my last year in college; my hair was relaxed, caramel-blonde colored, and extremely damaged. I didn't have much money to get my hair done, so my hair grew out without me knowing that I was becoming a naturalista.
Once I realized I had two textures on my head, I knew I had to do something. I did not have the courage to big chop and my family was surely against me cutting my hair. So from April ’12 to Oct ’12, I transitioned - while trimming my hair every month. My hair was ear length at the time, so it was a short transitional phase. Then in October ‘12, I cut the last few bits off. As of now I have been a naturalista for 2 years!
My natural hair experience has been an “up and down” roller coaster. I enjoy my hair and what I can do with her, but at times I do become overwhelmed and frustrated. When I was transitioning and had my TWA, my mother and father told me to do something with “it” or go to the salon. At the time I was in college far, far away, so there was nothing they could do about it. Ha-ha! But once my hair reached shoulder length, my natural began to grow on my parents. My brothers and sisters loved my hair absolutely!
On the flip side, after college I met my boyfriend (now husband) when I had my TWA. I let him know of my plans and goals for my hair, and he said, “I support you in your natural hair journey.” That made my heart leap! He can’t keep his hands out my hair! He has HIMHS (hand in MY hair syndrome). As for others’ reactions, my hair is a conversation starter. I wear my hair in “eye-brow raising” and thought-provoking styles. I don’t mind the attention and I don’t mind talking about my hair.
My regimen is pretty simple to the point where it is internalized now. It took me 1.5 years to find the products I needed for my hair and a set regimen to follow as well. This is what works for me:
- Pre poo - Castor oil for 30 min with plastic cap under hooded dryer
- Clarify - (1/mth) Suave Clarifying Shampoo
- Shampoo - (weekly) Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Shampoo
- Protein - (1/mth) ApHogee 2 min with plastic cap
- Deep conditioning (every Wash Day) - Indian Hemp Masque
- Leave in and Moisturizer – My moisturizing mist (1/2 water, 1/2 aloe Vera juice, 1 tsp castor oil, 1 tsp vegetable glycerin, and 5 drops of lavender essential oil) and Shea Moisture Smoothie
- Oil - Castor oil
- Styler - Eco Styler Krystal
I love flat twists styles, two strand twists, and buns. I have mastered each style, that I do variations with them. I would love to have either dreadlocks or sister locks. They are too beautiful not to crown my head with.Well, that’s what I would call it – “visit.” I don’t really go; I’m a DIY girl to heart. I don’t trust others with my natural. However, I do get my hair straightened 3-4 times a year to do length checks, because my flat ironing skills suck. I also get Senegalese twists 2-3 times a year by my “specific” braider.
I do have a confession: There was a moment in the beginning of my hair journey when I got a partial STRAIGHT sew-in. You guessed it…I relaxed my edges. I had the style for 7-8 weeks, but the imprint of the relaxed edges was still there. So I cut the entire nape and hair around my ears and cut my crown to three inches of hair. It took about 6 months for my hair to grow back natural again. This was the worst decision I have ever made for my hair…all for a style! I decided that I was never, ever, ever going to make that decision again. During the duration of the crown being relaxed, it was very different because my styles were limited to protective styling and not out styles. But as my hair grew, it got easy to cut those suckers off.
Wherever you are at in your hair journey, love yourself continuously. Do this for you and only you. Yes, learn to care for your own hair and stay on the path for healthy hair; but priority is to keep a positive attitude about yourself and your tresses.
Find Christina on: desiremynatural.blogspot.com
and Twitter @naturaldesiree