I’ve been natural since the end of 2012. Majority of the time I would just straighten my hair and never wear it curly. I’ve cut my hair short twice during these three years, so I definitely did not think doing a wash -n- go would be an option any time soon. After the first time I cut my hair, in a year, it grew back close to shoulder length straightened. I would do protective styles like Bantu knots which I thought were so cute. Searching for natural hair products was an adventure because there are so many different brands out there to choose from. It’s hard to ask another naturalista what works on her, unless you guys have the same texture/curl pattern, because black hair is so unique! In May of 2015, right before I graduated college, I cut my hair short again. The first day I tried to wear my hair curly I decided to straighten it the next day. I hated the way I looked. Even though my family and bestfriend loved it, you couldn’t tell me I didn’t look like a little bald head boy. But finding the right products and building up the confidence to know your beautiful regardless of the length of your hair is so essential. I use to buy coconut oil from the local beauty supply store until my roommate told me how inexpensive the $5.99 jar of Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil was. Instantly I bought it and love the feel it gives my hair. Jamaican Black Castor Oil is another oil I use daily. It’s thick like honey or molasses and I believe it is one of the key reasons my hair has been growing the way it has. My staple product is SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. This works wonders on my hair, leaving my curls so soft and bouncy . With coconut & hibiscus being two big components of this smoothie, my hair smells so good and I always get compliments. Last but certainly not least, Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel. Baby hairs, edges, protective styles, whatever you need slicked down, this will do the trick for sure! It doesn’t leave your hair brittle or flakey; It’s just right! I constantly do wash-n-go’s always loving how my hair looks and feels, which makes me feel even better about myself on those down days! Embrace your natural! I love being a black woman and I love this thick curly hair God blessed me with!