Meet this beautiful soul, @Actually_Ashly
Ashly Rodriguez. Located in Boston, Ma. I’ve been natural for 1 year and 7 months. What made me return to natural was because my hair was starting to break off because all I did was straighten it.
I transitioned by accident. I moved and couldn’t find a salon to relax my hair. My new growth kept growing and growing. After a year with no relaxer I returned to my normal salon and had the chance to relax it again or just chop off the relaxed ends and actually see what it’s like to have my curly hair again. So I told my hair stylist. “Cut it.” After I cut it, I still continued to straighten my hair cause I had no idea how to style my natural hair. It wasn’t until my hair started breaking off more where I stopped and said, there has got to be a different way. This is when I started exploring natural hair styles and trying them out. This is what got me into sharing my experience with others. I wanted to show them “hey I’m on a journey to healthy hair, join me as I learn and try new styles and finally let go of the flat iron I was addicted too.”
My biggest struggle with my hair was letting go of heat. Because I damaged my hair with not knowing how to properly straighten my hair. I’m not doing heat for a year to give my hair a much needed break.
My top 3 brands. That’s a tough one but I’ll have to say right now it is Shea Moisture, Fortifyd Naturals and 2Curls1Mission.
I like moisturizing my hair with refreshing sprays. I also like mixing water and a leave in to refresh and moisturize my hair each morning. If I do a perm rod set I like to moisturize my hair with a little bit of TGIN daily moisturizer. I detangle my when I apply my deep conditioner. I used a wide tooth comb and a denman brush.
I wash my hair once a week. Shampoo every other week and cowash the other weeks. When I do you shampoo I really just focus on my scalp instead of my entire hair shaft. I deep condition my hair weekly and protein treatments every 4-6 weeks. I try to get my hair trimmed every 4 months.
My go to styles right now are my wash n gos (tutorial) and braid and curl. These are my quick and easy styles and they always last me a good amount of days.
My hair crushes are of course @DayeLeSoul! Since day one!
My advice to new naturals will be enjoy the journey and have PATIENCE. It’s not going to be a walk in the park but it will be worth it. Don’t feel discouraged when styles don’t come out right, just try again. There is a lot of trial and error but you will figure out what works for you. Also stop comparing your hair to others and just love what grows out of your head. Embrace and love yourself! If you want to give up, just think of how far you have come already. Think of the reason you first wanted to go natural and let that be your motivation again.
That you have to cut off all your hair and BIG CHOP to go natural. To me this wasn’t the case, I transitioned.
Yes, it’s tough having the two textures but I was still able to become natural.
You can find me on—
Twitter & Snap: UmAshly