On My Natural Grind

You must be thinking what on earth is she talking about now. You may notice above in the navigation bar the new section ' Natural Hair ' well as of today I'm sulfate & silicone free.

Well I've been sulfate free for awhile now. I was using Moroccan argan oil shampoo by Organix & Pantene Smooth & Silk Intensive Treatment

Reading the Organix label it there is Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate { It's a sulfate derivative that's more gentle than actual sulfates } & Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate foaming agent } included in the ingredients but it's all about research and learning how to read labels. I've got totally "sulf" free.

How did I come to this decision?

Simple. I want to have healthy natural hair. It's no fun having hair that sheds, doesn't grow, brittle, frizzy and is just unmanageable some days I'm reaching for the electric shaver and thinking 'What the hell!'  Just I'll be a recluse for months and in more of a predicament. The love - hate relationship with my straighteners need to come to an end. 

First Steps ?

Put the heated electrical tools away for a long time. It's going to be hard at first but we must think of the outcome. This morning I had my very last sulfate shampoo which was Herbal Essences.


Well as I've learnt by doing my research this is going to complete clean the hair and scalp preparing us for the next step. Washing out the silicone that we've got on our tresses. I completely HATE the way my hair feels after rinsing out a sulfate shampoo .. reminds me why I've reached for the silicone products to begin with { bad move & a  endless cycle of damage } Next it's time for the co-wash :

Definition of Co-wash:
(Co-washing) (Also called “co-pooing”) using conditioner like you would shampoo, as a cleansing agent. This is done as a way to cleanse, refresh and moisturise the hair without over-drying the hair.  

I'm using TRESemmé Naturals which is a silicone free product. This for now is going to be my co-wash product. Until I build up a hair regime this is it for the beginning. 

With co-washing you really want to scrub your scalp and massage the conditioner into your scalp. Like you would a shampoo. Use as much conditioner as you feel you need, it will vary from person to person. 

Definition of Rinse-out Conditioning:
Following your co-wash, you should condition with something a bit richer and more moisturising than what you use for your co-wash. Some rinse out conditioners have been used as leave in conditioners

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner { buy here }

This is my choice for my rinse out conditioner - it smells divine, you don't need a lot -well- I didn't need a lot to be honest. I decided to partly wash this out and when my hair was drying I could smell how hair sniffing it is.

Hair oils :

I've been an Amla user for quite awhile now those who are not familiar with Amla I'll brief the benefits and background: 

Amalaki Fruit { Amla for short } is the powerful fruit extract that gives hair a healthy shine. It's an old Indian hair tradition going back 7,000 years.

The benefits :

  • Enriches hair growth and pigmentation  
  • Prevents premature greying of hair, dandruff, increases the strength of hair follicles (overall preventing hair falling out). 
  • You can use a small amount of Amla oil applied to the hair after washing. Giving a rich, natural shine and soft texture to the hair, 
  • Also helps rejuvenate hairs that are dull and damaged. 
  • It also prevents split hair ends.

Pure Coconut {Cocoanut} Oil

This has been my styling HG. I replaced my usual hair grease when it became discontinued { I'd been using the product since I was 2 years old lol } I'm satisfied so far with using coconut oil in a few hair routines that I do either before washing or afterwards. I did get this quote from  Confessions of a blog vixen who in turn got this from  Audrey Sivasothy, the author of The Science of Black Hair Care: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care :

The Marico Industries researchers also found that using coconut oil as pre-shampoo treatment is better than using it post-wash. This is partly owing to the fact that coconut oil only seems to penetrate wet hair fibers.
Coconut oil is an excellent hair oil for black and textured hair types. Research shows that coconut oil performs better as a pre-treatment before the hair is shampooed, but also works excellently as sealant on dry hair. Many black women suffer from hair porosity issues as a result of our styling choices. Coconut oil’s ability to prevent protein loss and reduce hair porosity makes it a valuable oil for those who chemically relax, regularly heat straighten, or permanently color their hair.

Before I started this I use to use my coconut oil on wet hair before I would shampoo with my Organix shampoo. Since trying this I haven't done so but I shall keep you update.

As I'm trying to regain my natural curls again I'm going to some what follow the Curly Girl Method ( CG Method

There's still some bits and pieces that need recruiting and I'm sure I'm going to come about a lot of hits and misses to find what works but reaching for those straighteners is going to be such a task but I must remembers CURLS... Glorious Curls. Phew! 

That was some blog post I appreciate anyone who took the time out to read that & comment lol

Have you gone natural ?
Planning to go natural ?

* Scheduled blog post as of 9th October, I am away for a few days so if you don't get a response, comments approval, email replied. I'm not ignoring you xoxo *


  1. ..hey sweetie , I actually never check any ingredients on shampoo , somehow I never even thought about all that stuff inside but reading this post I will definately do something about that , My hair been horrible for months now , I blame genes :) but maybe I could do something about that , I do use alma oil only thing I dont like is that it's so hard to wash it out , it's better to stay in or to wear a hat because that oil is so strong ..

    Thanks for this post , very good information and topic to think about ..
    hope you had a great week - end :)

  2. I am going natural!! I've blogged a bit about it too. I'm gonna have to check my product for cones too!

  3. My hair is naturally very very curly, like tight frizzy curls. I've been trying to grow it for ages and it hasn't been working so since the summer, I've given in and let it be curly. I straighten it if I have a night out or am going somewhere special, but otherwise I just leave it soaked in conditioner treatments :) Hope it works xx

  4. I cut my hair a year ago and started growing it natural. I use Naked hair products and Organic Root Stimulator products, espc the replenishing conditioner as the protein in it stops hair from breaking. I use coconut,castor,neem,alma and olive oil, natural oils do amazing wonders for black hair. I recently purchased some argan oil, not the 'Moroccan oil' brand because it is full of silicones. i have discovered that when it comes to black hair it is all about getting the right protein and moisture balance.
    it was a lovely post, it is nice to have a UK blogger do a post on natural black hair.

  5. I've heard such good things about the aubrey organic conditioners!
    It can also be used as a deep conditioner too!
    :) x

  6. I am natural now! yay! and yes I love Treseme!

  7. Amla hair oil!! Wow that takes me back to my kiddy days! Mumma used to put far too much in my hair and when I was out and about in the dry heat of Kenya, the dirt used to stick in my hair!! LOL

    I have bought an excellent hair oil today, will fill you in about it later.

  8. Amla Oil and Coconut Oil are MIRACLE oils I'm telling ya! I've got very curly hair so when I wash my hair, I spray Aussie leave in conditioner then use either Coconut Oil or Amla and when my hair dries, it feels so soft! Co-washing works pretty well too; I can't shampoo more than once a week or my hair will become the ultimate frizz ball so co-washing helps so much.