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My Natural Hair Rules

4 Dec

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These are the ‘hair rules’ which I’ve adopted since becoming natural. I don’t follow them all religiously, but I try! It really works for me and I hope some of you can find it of some use as well:

Avoid relaxer

Relaxers irreversibly change the structure of your hair. Over the past 10 years I have relaxed my hair a few times with decent breaks in between. When I became a ‘weave-wearer’ I would normally relax the front bit of my hair more often, so that it blends in better with my extensions…big mistake. At the end my front got ridiculously short and hair had no elasticity what so ever and would normally just stick up like small antennas, the rest of my hair became very thin and lifeless. After having my ‘big chop’ I actually realized that I have no idea what my natural hair texture is. I got so excited when I saw first new-growth; it was soft, curly and strong. It became obvious that avoiding relaxers would be a major step towards achieving healthier fuller looking hair.

Big Chop

Going from long lashes weave or even shoulder length hair to a TWA is a very drastic change and is not for everyone. If not for my ‘makeover’ I doubt I would have ever cut my hair that short. Getting rude of most of my hair was shocking and a bit depressing, but at the same time liberating and new. I didn’t go 100% through with the chop, because the front of my hair was still relaxed and there was hardly any new growth when the back of it was natural and I loved the curly texture I’ve had. So I decided to give it time and just grow it out. Now my front is almost fully natural and I can’t wait to try some new styles that I couldn’t do because of my hair being flat and bone straight.

Avoid Heat

In the model house there were stylists who would style my hair from day to day, but after the competition I found myself struggling. My hair was short and natural (especially at the back) so it wouldn’t stay down no matter how often I would straighten it. Not for ANY moment did I consider to wear my hair in its curly state. When looking for styling tips on YouTube I came across this ‘natural community’ vloggers and saw on real life examples how low/no heat styling improves the growth and quality of the hair. I do straighten my hair once a month or less, just to see the length and have a break from wash and go’s. Now my hair is healthy, my ends are happy and I am not scared of the rain or going to the pool whenever I wish to do so. I also think that my curls make me a bit more unique and I don’t feel myself without them anymore.

Low maintenance hairstyles

Before my hair was cut I didn’t experiment much with my hair, it wasn’t long and lushes so I saw no point. Normally you would see me with a pony-tale or a bun (creative!). I really wanted to achieve the smooth slick look so I would tie my hair very tight, as a result of constant pulling hair in the middle of my head broke off and got extremely short. Nowadays I do a lot of wash and goes, twist outs, etc. and it looks like my hair is loving it.

Natural hair products

I try to use mostly natural hair products because I see great results in a short period of time. Some of my favorite products are Black Jamaican Castor oil, and other natural oils like almond oil, olive oil, argon oil etc. I wash my hair once a week or so with sulphates-free shampoo and use shampoos with sulphates once a month to give a good cleanse to my scalp and hair. I also try to seal my ends every other day after washing and applying a leave in conditioner. That insures that the moisture is locked in which keeps my curls moisturized and prevents the breakage.

Healthy diet and Supplements

No product or hair technique will contribute to the health and length of your tresses as a balanced diet ever will. Drinking plenty of water will bring shine and moisture to your hair. Foods like salmon, eggs, walnuts, Greek yogurt, and spinach all carry vital vitamins which promote the health of your hair. I also take supplements for hair, skin and nails to insure that my locks receive the nutrition which I don’t get in my daily diet (from Holland&Barrett).

HOW IT ALL BEGAN…

18 Sep

How it all began:

So this was the beginning of my natural hair journey even though I didn’t know it at the time. My hair was chopped off during the make-over episode of Britain and Irelands Next Top Model 8 and I was devastated.

When entering the show I obviously knew that someone’s hair will be snapped short, but believe me in no way did I see it coming. Girls in the house kept on repeating that the judges will cut my hair, but I thought they had no idea what they were talking about.

On the day Tyson (Beckford) said ‘no worries, no major changes. You will look like a famous actress’…than he showed me a picture of Halley Berry, my heart sunk.

my natural hair before the make over

I thought judges might change their mind once they’ve seen all the hair that I’ve had underneath that weave, but they just decided to go through with it anyway. It also didn’t help when Julian said that its like I have my mother’s hair cut.

It knocked my confidence a bit, just because it was such a drastic change and I just didn’t feel as pretty. It was different and I had difficulty (to say the least) styling it. Here I am – exposed on TV infront of millions of viewers

Grace Jones???

I kind of learned to love it but I just hated the facts that everyone kept on saying Rihanna more than Risikat. ( I also hated when they called me Pussycat, but that’s a different story) .

I did regret coming in to the competition with weave on. The only reason why I wore extensions in the first place was because I thought it will increase my chances of making it through to the house and give me a more modelesque look, if only I knew how wrong I was at the time!

So in some way I see the haircut as a punishment for not appreciating my hair enough and not taking pride at what God provided me with.

Only when it was gone I realised that I’ve had (and still have just not as much of it) beautiful hair and that I should imbrace it and love it just as much as I loved Brazilian hair extensions (if not more).

From now on no more relaxers, wigs, hair extensions, hair burning and etc. I think this is the first time that I feel so free and so comfortable with who I am and I am not talking just about the hair here. For some reason once I’ve accepted the way is my hair is, I’ve also accepted other things about my looks and my charachter.

It’s a wonderfull feeling that I think every women should experience. So if you are looking for some hair inspirations or curiouse about going natural I hope my blog will of some help

Rissikat xxx