For Natural Curls

 Hair Timeline

Below is a timeline of my hair from 2009 up until 2016 and stay tuned for the 2017 photos of my first professional chop! Stay curly, beauties!

Manika- Nia circa 2010
Manika- Nia circa 2009. No products on hair.
2011 wet gel look and some clip- ins for length. Plus not much volume.
2011 wet gel look and some clip- ins for length. Plus not much volume. Used a gel with loads of harsh chemicals at the time.
2011. Has lots of shine and volume due to the weekly natural treatments but is straightened and finger- rolled.
2011. Has lots of shine and volume due to the weekly natural treatments but is straightened and finger- rolled.
2012. Dyed my hair red. It was long but had waves more than curls and I also straightened the roots.
2012. Dyed my hair red. It was long but had waves more than curls and I also straightened the roots. No products on hair.
2012. I would bleach the roots then put natural henna on my whole head. The volume and health was great at this point. More of a wave than a curl.
2013. I would bleach the roots then put natural henna on my whole head. The volume and health was great at this point. More of a wave than a curl, no products in hair.
2013. Not even the natural powers of henna could save my tresses here. The effects of the bleach and heat tools took their toll. My hair became crispy, wispy, and weak. I began to let the colour grow out.
2014. Not even the natural powers of henna could save my tresses here. The effects of the bleach and heat tools took their toll. My hair became crispy, wispy, and weak. I began to let the colour grow out. This hair was straightened then braided overnight.
2014. Oh dear I was in hair hell. Straightened then braided with a bit of coconut oil and shea butter.
2014. Oh dear I was in hair hell. Straightened then braided with a bit of coconut oil and shea butter.
2014. Only coconut oil in hair. Got super frizzy 7 minutes after this photo.
2014. Only coconut oil in hair. Got super frizzy 7 minutes after this photo.
2014. Braided at night with a mix of water and various oils. Doing a weekly treatment of egg, honey, olive oil, coconut oil. More of a wave than a curl.
2014. Braided at night with a mix of water and various oils. Was doing a weekly treatment of egg, honey, olive oil, coconut oil. More of a wave than a curl. (don’t mind that snarl lol)
2014. Straightened the top and braided the rest every night with a mixture of water and oils. Also had micro extensions in the back here. (bleh)
2014. Straightened the top and braided the rest every night with a mixture of water and oils. Also had micro extensions in the back here. (bleh)
2015. Straightened the top. Braided the ends with a mixture of water and oils. It was becoming increasingly dry and knotted in various places.
2015. Straightened the top. Braided the ends with a mixture of water and oils. It was becoming increasingly dry and knotted in various places.
2015. Went back to a natural deep condition once a week. Would straighten once a week then finger roll at night to achieve a wave.
2015. Went back to a natural deep condition once a week. Would straighten hair once a week then finger roll at night to achieve a wave.
2016. I saw too many natural curlies to use heat tools any longer! I made a commitment to go all natural for good. This is achieved by a twist out with conditioner mixed with water.
2016. I realized there were too many natural curlies that had amazing hair and decided not to use heat tools any longer! I made a commitment to go all natural for good. This hair is achieved by a twist out with conditioner mixed with water.
2016. No volume! Plus has that wet/gel look. This is a wash and go with shea moisture products.
2016. No volume! Plus has that wet/gel look. This is a wash and go with shea moisture products.
2016. Weekly black Jamaican Castor oil treatment + a mix of avocado/honey/olive oil/yoghurt all blended together and left on the hair for up to an hour. Then cleansed (ACV), co- washed, and finish with the curly girl method. I used Deva Curl light defining gel here and this is day 4 hair.
2016. Weekly black Jamaican Castor oil treatment + a mix of avocado/honey/olive oil/yoghurt all blended together and left on the hair for up to an hour. Then cleansed (ACV), co- washed, and finish with the curly girl method. I used Deva Curl light defining gel here and this is day 4 hair. Also my hair is near chopped off here…

6 thoughts on “For Natural Curls

  1. I have naturally straight hair and no matter how long I leave the curlers on, they don’t curl at all! I love your top tips and I tried #1 today. I found that wetting my hair first makes it easier to curl it. So thanks for the tip! Love your curls, they look really chic!

    1. Hi Lily, thanks so much! I’m glad that one of the tips helped you and I would definitely recommend wetting your hair first for longevity of curls. Also have you ever heard of flexi rods? They are these flexible rods that do wonderful things for curls. Use a water bottle to saturate your hair then wrap it around the flexi rod, fold the rod to resemble a doughnut and leave in either overnight or for an hour, unwrap then I’m sure your curls can last much longer. 🙂

  2. Hi,
    Thank you for the article. I have curly hair but it’s very dry and frizzy. The only thing I do to it is use dye but it does get exposed to the sun a lot. I think I might be trying the egg, honey and oil treatment.

    1. That treatment will certainly help you! Especially if you dye your hair, using a natural conditioner can help with putting that much needed moisture back in it. Please let me know how it goes for you and if you have any more questions or comments 🙂

  3. I have natural curl and dry hair so I may try a couple of the treatments of natural stuff. In the early 70’s my older sisters used eggs and stuff on their hair. I will try that one first. My hair is all silver (white) now. Any tips on keeping silver hair shiny? Love your posts.

    1. I love silver hair! That might sound strange, but I always have. One tip that is great for such is eating avocado and also making a mix where you add avocado and jojoba oil to really bring out the natural color in your hair. I also have used egg hair treatments many times in my life and can attest to how stronger, shinier, thicker, and prettier it made it. I hope this helps, thanks so much for reading!

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