My Six Years with Natural Hair

Mama I made it and I ain’t looking back..lol

Happy TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday!!!)

This post is long OVERdue. I wanted to make a cute YouTube video in honor of my 6th naturalversary which was October 11. However, life got real. I will make it before the year ends God willing! People always ask me how long I’ve been natural and sometimes I forget but it has indeed been six whole years. I can firmly say I would never ever get a relaxer again. Before, I always thought I would eventually succumb to the creamy crack (just maybe) but not anymore. No shade to those who believe in it though. My mom and my twin still relax their hair. No judgement from me! “You gotta do what works best for you and makes you feel good” is what I always say (pertaining to this) but I don’t think anyone truly needs a relaxer. That’s just my opinion. So let me give you a run down of how year five went and how I made it to year six.


 

Crochet Braids

I rocked Crochet Braids from late September of 2014  to April 2015! I  had three installations that were in for two months at a time. My hair FLOURISHED! I retained lots of length and my hair was so full. It hadn’t been that full or even that long in ages. See below!


 

Growth!

afro-my six years with natural hair-amma mama

I did wash and trim my hair between the three installations. You can view all my three installations here and/or view my Crochet Braids with Marley Hair!  pinterest board here.


 

Trimmed by Camille

Afro_blow out _trim_six years with natural hair_Amma Mama

As I mentioned above, I got trims in between my three installations. My last two trims were done by Camille Reed, CEO of Noire Design Concepts salon located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Deets on my trim and more pictures of it are here.


 

Crowned by Camille

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My last trim by Camille was in April right when I decided No More Crochet Braids! She then evened out my hair (which was previously cut in layers) to one length and then she gave me some super cute crown braids. If only I could cornrow like this!


My Signature Style

Tracee Ellis Ross_the milkmaid braid_Celie twists_six years with natural hair_Amma Mama

I really missed my natural hair after all those months and I decided to return to my SIGNATURE style Celie Twists.  Tracee Ellis Ross and her Milkmaid Braid have ALWAYS been the hairspiration for my Celie Twists. Since my cornrows skills are a hot mess, I substitute the braids with flat twists.

Amma Mama Cellie Twists Crown Twists Queens Crown

I recently filmed a tutorial on my signature style for  my YouTube channel and you can view it HERE.


 

My Cute Natural Hair Updo

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Since my Celie Twists are NOT gym friendly and I work out weekly, I opted for a cute natural hair updo. My updo on the left was inspired by my FAVORITE naturalista on You Tube Laila Jean aka Neffyfrofro aka FusionofCultures. I showed my stylist Laila’s picture on the right and she hooked it up.


 

My Feeding Cornrows!

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feeding-cornrows_six-years-with-natural-hair_Amma-Mama

Right before I left for Ghana, I had some feeding cornrows installed. You can view more pictures and read my blog post about them here.


 

Senegalese Twists from Ghana

Senegalese twists from Ghana_six years with natural hair_Amma Mama

I loved my Senegalese Twists as you can see in my video above. However, I kept them in too long. They took my edges right out and set ya girl back!


 

Edges Snatched!

After I removed my Senegalese Twists, I decided it was best to take a break and nourish my bald spots. They’re growing in nicely but I still have some ways to go.

Celie Twists-six-years-with-natural-hair_Amma-Mama

I am currently rocking my Celie Twists. I am so tired of them and I feel like a librarian again :-/ However I did like them last Saturday paired with some makeup action and my cute necklace from Fanm Djanm..lol 🙂

Aside from being tired of the look, my hair is thinning a bit and my ends are tragic so I need a protective style to help my hair flourish! My hair thrives when it’s in a good protective style.


 

My Current Products

I don’t like spending money on hair products and I don’t have the space for such clutter. Therefore, my product list is short and affordable.

 

Eden BodyWorks Hair Oil

natural hair products

Purchased at Target

Details here

I bought it just so I could rub it on my edgeless edges because according to its description it “penetrates the hair root to stimulate new hair growth”. As a result of my inconsistency in usage, I cannot confirm whether or not it truly works. In addition, I wouldn’t purchase it again.


natural hair products

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner

 Ingredients here

I usually purchase this at Trader Joes. However, last year around Christmas, I won a  giveaway hosted by fellow blogger Emily of Unveiled Glamour.

giveaway winner

A beautiful wrapped gift box arrived at my home with this shampoo and conditioner inside of it. I am putting them to use now, thanks Emily!


heat protectant

Silk Elements MegaSilk Heat Protection Spray

Sold at SALLY’s

Ingredients here

One day after washing my hair, I couldn’t find what I typically use as a heat protectant (Giovanni Frizz Be Gone) which I usually purchase from Whole Foods). However, even though I finally found it, I didn’t want to use it. I prefer this  Silk Elements spray instead. It’s light, non-sticky and it does the job.


natural hair products

Kirkland Signature Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Cold Pressed Unrefined

Purchased at Costco


SheaMoisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque

SheaMoisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque

Purchased at Target

Ingredients here

I’ve used this only once but I love it and I would definitely purchase it again. Especially for the colder months ahead.

This concludes my list of current products. Super basic.


Hairspiration

Well I am a Fall baby and I plan to get my hair done for my 28th birthday in November!!! This birthday hairstyle will also be my winter protective style as well (if all goes well). I do not want Crochet Braids again. Instead, I am going for the curly look below.

YaYa DaCosta

Source: Frederick M. Brown/Zimbio

Source: Frederick M. Brown/Zimbio

I’ll keep you posted once it’s done. Hopefully it looks as cute as Yaya’s hair. I want to bring in year 28 with a bang. #BigHairDontCare


Stylist Info

meet my stylist darlynda

My stylist Darlynda in Bowie (pictured above) did my crochet braids, up-do and feeding cornrows. Please view her detailed service list here. Below is her Style Seat page and Instagram.

Style Seat

Instagram

Her telephone number is on her Style Seat page. Text her to book an appointment or email her at darlyndastyel@gmail.com.

Camille of Noire Salon, can be contacted here.


My previous naturalversary posts

My Four Years with Natural Hair

My Five Years with Natural Hair

Thank you for reading and have a very blessed weekend 🙂

~Amma Mama

8 Comments
  • Aaya
    October 30, 2015

    HAPPY NAPIVERSARY BOPZ!!!! 🙂

    • ammamama
      October 30, 2015

      Thanks BopZ! Yours is tomorrow! I was there when you BC’ed Halloween 09
      #WeMadeIt
      lol

  • Ogechi
    October 30, 2015

    AMMA!!! whose your stylist in bowie who did the crochet and feeding braids, the fact that she’s in bowie means it’s a sign I should get then don’t you think lol. Email me please

  • Whitney Q
    November 4, 2015

    I love this post! Your hair is so beautiful. And you look so young! Black don’t crack hunny!

  • Susanna
    November 4, 2015

    Love this post Amma! I especially liked your list of hair products. Looking forward to your Yaya inspired look!

    • ammamama
      November 7, 2015

      Thanks Aaya for reading and I am glad you love it!! 🙂

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