As a participant of the Winter Castor Oil Challenge, a weekly check in is required. The following questions were posed at the start, and after the first week of the challenge. Here are my responses.
- How long have you been natural? 1 year and 4 months.
- Did you Big Chop or Transition? I transitioned for a year then chopped off the rest of my relaxed ends. I chose to do this because all of my life, I’ve had long hair and I wasn’t ready to switch up the texture and length all at once. So I did one, although after I cut my relaxed ends, it ended up looking extremely short anyway (gotta love shrinkage!).
- When was your last trim? 2-3 months ago. I know, I know, in my “This season, with my natural hair, I swear…” post (https://naturallymia.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/this-season-with-my-natural-hair-i-swear/), I stated I’d cut trim my split ends. I have done this to a couple strands (…literally a couple…as in 2).
- What is motivating you to participate in this challenge? To encourage the growth and health of my hair. Also, to inspire others (readers) to do the same.
- Do you ever wear your hair Naked? I wear my hair naked mostly in the summer, when I’m able to do wash and go’s. In cooler months, I still wear it naked, either out in a ‘fro or tied back in one.
Week 1 Questions
- Where do you live? In Toronto, Canada. Are there many natural women in your town, city, state? There is a decent amount, and I feel like the number keeps growing and I love it! 🙂 The two ‘must attend’ events to catch large groups of them at, would be at the Natural Hair Show (https://naturallymia.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/im-bored-with-my-temporary-straight-hair-toronto-natural-hair-show-is-this-weekend/) and at Afro Fest (See my review of it here, https://naturallymia.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/afrofest/)
- Are other members of your family naturals too? Yes! I am very blessed, as the high majority of my family members, relatives, and in-laws are naturalistas! The majority of them were natural before me and served as a great inspiration to me going natural. They were, and still are, extremely supportive.
- How did you use Castor Oil in your hair last week (week 1)?
- Edges – This week I used it mostly along my edges on my scalp.
- Gel – Since castor oil is so thick, I smooth it along my hair when I put it back in one, as I find it almost works as good as a gel!
- Sealant – I used it as a sealant during my LOC method (https://naturallymia.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/naturalistas-wash-day-shouldnt-take-the-whole-day-naturallymias-loc-method/), as the oil. I already regret this though, as it left my hair feeling very heavy and more stiff than what I’m use to.
- When I braided my hair for a braid out, I sealed the ends of my braids with the castor oil. This is something I regularly do for my braid/twist outs, as I find castor oil really holds the ends together.
- (optional) Share a pic of the bottle of castor oil you are using.