Okay, so I've been researching like CRAZY!!! I've looked at all the blogs and videos recommended from this thread and I'm HOOKED!! I've been reading, watching videos, researching products etc etc. In my post from that thread, I said I was 2.5 years natural before I caved and got my perm. I never chopped off my ends. So my "natural" hair was totally damaged. It's funny to go back and read it now that I've researched it so completely; I was SO clueless! There is so much that goes into it and I'm so ready to get started.
Here are my credentials.
Last perm was Dec 23, 2010.
Decided I'm going natural for sure Februaray 5th, 2011.
First wash and twist out style February 6th, 2011.
Here is my latest cut - permed. Taken October 2010. My hair's grown out a little since then but the back is still short. The sides look a HOT mess now.
Here is my hair today. I didn't quite get it right but....it's semi-decent. I did a Bantu-knot twist out.
(Sorry I look tired....end of day...)
I shampooed with Loreal Everpure?? No sulfates. I used the conditioner too. And I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Then I used Pantene Relaxed and Natural (I hate that stuff but it was all I had) to put the knots in. I don't have that much hair so it was REALLY hard!! LOL! When I go to Houston in a couple of weeks, I'm getting my hair cut MUCH shorter (still not big choppin' because I don't think my head is shaped correctly for a fade or a SUPER TWA. I only have about 1/4 - 1/2 inch of new growth). I am SUPER excited to start this natural hair journey!! :D
Who's natural and what products do you use??? (I see myself becoming a PJ (product junkie)). How much growth do you have now?? Do you have before and after (or 1 year anniversary comparison) pics?? Let's see them ladies!!