While taking a moment to organize some of my curly hair journey thoughts, I realized it’s been a while since I’ve done a life lately post. Time has been flying by so quickly! There are many important things that have happened since my last journey check-in and there are plans to do bigger things, especially with this website, but for now, keep reading for a recap on five important events that have changed the game, as well as the things I’ve learned in my curly hair journey so far.
I MOVED FROM LOS ANGELES TO MURRIETA, CA
I mentioned in a previous post how acquiring a house has encouraged me to redefine what a home is and the importance behind how big or small we see the world in regards to that place we call home. While my reasoning for moving deserves an entirely different post for itself, the purposes of mentioning it in regards to my curly hair journey is how the environment, climate and seasonal changes has forced me to rethink how often I need to switch my hair care routine. Initially, it was challenging to understand what was going on with my hair since relocating. It kept falling flat and the products I was faithfully using were no longer effective in my new setting.
This led me to try out a new co-wash product, specifically the Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner by Carol’s Daughter. I stopped using a leave-in conditioner for a while during winter while living in LA, but reintroduced it back into my routine once I figured out my hair responds well to it in my new environment.
I WAS FEATURED IN A CURLY HAIR ARTICLE BY DOVE
Alongside other real women with naturally curly hair, I was recently asked to share my photo on Dove’s blogging platform in an educational post covering how to distinguish curl types. I identify with 2C-3A curl patterns the most. Truthfully, no two curl patterns are the same, and oftentimes, most women will have more than one pattern throughout their mane (as I do). It’s good to know what you’re working with because your needs are different depending on the pattern of your curl type. Not sure what your type is? Read the article to find out!
I PARTNERED WITH THE BUCKO STORE TO TRY THE FLAIROSOL FINE MIST
I met Dale Ting, owner of The Bucko Store, on Facebook through a private entrepreneurial group. After connecting, we realized there was an opportunity for me to try the Flairosol Fine Mist, which I’ve been wanting to get my hands on, while introducing his shop and the product to the community. Since utilizing the Flairosol sprayer, I actually haven’t gone back to my old spray bottle! It’s a tool that I use practically every day for my refresh and it helps me efficiently saturate my hair with water in the mornings. I even did a split test demonstration showing the difference between my generic spray bottle versus Flairosol. You can learn more about why I love this spray bottle so much in a previous post.
In addition to the partnership, I hosted a promotion to give away two hair care packages (that included the Flairosol sprayer). There were lots of things I learned from this initiative and it certainly won’t be the last. Be sure to follow along on Instagram and YouTube for future giveaways!
I’M CURRENTLY TRYING NEW HAIR CARE PRODUCTS
For a while, I’ve been faithful to using products from Miss Jessie’s, but I feel it’s time to expand my horizons and develop expertise with another product line. Aside from the Giovanni Cosmetics Eco Chic line (read my review on their LA Natural Styling Gel and Mousse), I’m also experimenting with a few items from Carol’s Daughter, Kinky Curly, Shea Moisture and am torn between trying out a full set of products from either Innersense Beauty and Briogeo.
I PUBLISHED A PERSONAL ARTICLE ON TEEN VOGUE SHARING MY LIFE BEFORE MY CURLY HAIR JOURNEY AS AN ASIAN WOMAN
When submitting this article, I definitely got a little emotional. It’s a raw story based on my experiences learning how to love my hair in its natural state. It also stands as a testament to something larger than myself: a story echoed across many generations and a sign that there’s still a void to fill for others who’ve gone through and are still experiencing today. Seeing the post go live and sharing it was an even greater reward. Read the post here.
Here is the most recent comparison photos of my journey! The left is my “before” when I was using a leave-in conditioner to stretch out and tame my curls. Today, on the right, I’m using the same exact product to do the opposite: to enhance and nourish my curls. I’m in awe of how much my hair has evolved externally, but also how much my perception of this unique quality has grown positively. I didn’t think my hair would get this curly, but as it’s been said over and again, trusting the process is a game changer.
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