fATL‘s,I am on the transitioning journey…again.
I tried to give up the creamy crack about a year back and failed in an epic fashion. I transitioned for a few months and did the big chop. Unfortunately, my mini fro and I didn’t work out. After about a month of battling my curly hair, I waved the white towel and gave up. The reason? I didn’t know what to do with it. My main issue was keeping that ish moisturized. I’ve had relaxers for as long as I remember, so dealing with my natural hair was a pain in the donk. We didn’t know each other too well and I didn’t have the time or patience to deal with the hell it was putting me through. I relapsed and put the perm back in.
Since then I’ve done my research on natural hair. I read up on common issues and solutions curly girls encounter. The #1 return to perms seems to be managing moisture. A close second is transitional styles. Apparently, there is a goddess in the natural hair world who has the key to our salvation. Kim Love, bka Kimmaytube, is a natural hair guru who has concoted her own moisturizing leave-in conditioner that some women live by. Recently I purchased all the organic ingredients and gave it a try. The homemade conditioner consits of:
2 tablespoons of YOUR preferred conditioner (silicone free)
2 tablespoons of (Whole leaf version) Aloe Vera Juice with a pH 4.0 or 4.5
2 teaspoons of Castor Oil (optional. I sometimes do without it)
2 teaspoons of Jojoba Oil
I’m telling you gals. This recipe is the bomb[dot]com. It has me over here looking like the Black Rapunzel or some ish. My hair has never retained moisture this long or been this soft. In my recipe I used Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In and Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice. Note: when using organic aloe make sure to keep in refrigerated once you open it. It doesn’t contain preservatives so the shelf life goes to crap really quickly if opened and left out to the elements. Be sure to put the recipe leave-in on freshly washed, damp hair. I personally apply the mix and then immediately do a flat twist out. Whether still flat twisted or taken out my hair is cay-ute!
Test the recipe and send pictures over. We wanna see those curls guuuuuurl!