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Four years ago I made the decision to return my hair to its natural state. Up until I was around ten years old or so I wore my natural hair pressed and in ponytails. That’s the customary hairstyle for young girls. Then the Jheri Curl fad came about and I just had to have one. My sister and I begged our mother to let us get one. Reluctantly, being an advocate for natural hair, she did. For years I wore a greasy fro heavily coated in curl activating gel; really greasy gel that makes your Jheri Curl pop. I went through a ton of pillows cases.
Then who burst unto the scene with the baddest short doo every girl in the world just had to have? Toni Braxton in the “Another Sad Love Song” video that’s who! I remember after watching that video wanting my sister to blow dry my leisure curl, grab the scissors and go to work. My sister is the hair dresser in the family. Suddenly, curls were on the out and short permed doos were in. Again, we besought our mom to let us do the switch. Perms it was. I wore my permed hair long, short, dyed, with a bang, without a bang, wet set, flat-ironed and so on.
It wasn’t until 2010, after finding out I was expecting my first child, that my hairdresser encouraged me to discontinue the use of chemicals in my hair. While thoroughly managing my hair, she educated me on the proper way to transition from permed hair back to natural, as well as the best products to use in the interim. I was apprehensive at first because I didn’t want to lose any of my length. For nearly two and half three years I grew and snipped. Finally, in the fall of 2013, I did my final chop. I was proud and amazed at the health and length of my hair.
Then came the next question. How do I wear my natural hair? I’m to old for ponytails and wearing it back in a clip all the time was getting old. Also, I’m by far a hairstylist. So, I turned to YouTube. And boy what a plethora of natural hair information and tutorials did I find. On Thanksgiving 2013, I did my first protective hair style, the Bantu Knot Out. It turned out ah-mazing! I was so proud of myself.
Since then, each week I select a natural hairstyle from one of the thousands of naturalistas on YouTube and I try it out. Today I’m going to share one with you.
How To Get Perfect 3 Strand Twist Out Results on Natural Hair via-Alyssa Forever
What you’ll need:
- Spray bottle filled with water
- ORS Olive Oil Root Stimulator
- DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
- Wide toothed comb
- Denman Brush
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