Welcome to my blog 💁🏾

Hi beautiful people! 

My name is Chevel and I currently live in London. I just recently went back to being natural after 13 years of having my hair permed! 😱 Boy o boy was this a difficult decision to make.

 Anyone who knows me, they will know how much I enjoy writing. I believe I express myself better through writing. To be honest I personally didn’t want to start a blog because in my mind I was like “there is so many blogs out there doing this, I don’t know much about hair, I just went back to being natural so what on earth am I even going to say, will anyone even read my blog?” and so many more thoughts. I literally had to push past those thought and just go for it! 

A part of the reason I decided to share my journey is, before I decided to go back to my natural hair I read loads of blogs and watched loads of YouTube channels. I was looking for some sort of help with making my decision lol. A lot of what I read and watched encouraged me to make this big step and I just what to share my journey with others. I am sure there are many women out there who have thought about the idea of going back to their natural hair but didn’t have the support or a clue what to do once they went natural (that was me 🙈). I believe the more real life experiences you come across (good and bad)from others, the easier some things become for you and the more help you will get. 

I know what may work for me may not work for you but I am willing to try different things to see what works and what doesn’t. I have already been trying a few things (3 weeks in) and I can already see what is working for my hair and what isn’t. 

I would love to share my journey not only to length but also healthier hair. I can’t wait to experience new styles and become more creative with my hair! 

Watch out for the next blog talking about my big chop!!!😱

Natural hair journey

Apple Cider Vinegar On Braids Is A Must! 

Hello guys,So I wanted to do my hair again in braids and this time I decided to follow the method of soaking the hair in apple cider vinegar before I braided my hair. I heard a lot about this and how it stops the itching. I was fully ready to try this because anything to do with fake hair irritates my scalp like crazy.

Before I did this I did a little research on YouTube to know exactly what to do. I decided to get the hair pulled before I soaked it in the apple cider vinegar. I thought this would be easier so that when the hair was dry it would just be ready to use in my hair.

I first filled my sink with a bit of warm water, poured some of the vinegar in the sink (not the whole bottle) and then placed the hair in the water. The water must cover all the hair. I then left it to soak for about 20minutes and in this time I saw some white stuff floating at the top of the water. I found out that this is the chemical that is placed on the hair (not sure what it’s for), but this is what causes the irritated scalp. After I soak the hair I then wash off the vinegar smell with some conditioner, I guess you can use your normal one. Once I have done that I lay the hair out to air dry and voila! You are good to go.

The results have been amazing! The last time I had braids I didn’t do this and my scalp became extremely soar and itchy. I did use the apple cider vinegar on my scalp but the results are very different. This time round, I have hardly had any itch or any soars at all. I would definitely recommend you all try this! Also the hair doesn’t change texture etc, it stays the same!

Don’t forget to add me on Instagram to follow the journey @chev_natural 
Until next time 😊

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How I Get My Curls Popping! 

I love to see my curls defined as many women with natural hair probably do. My hair is growing it’s more difficult to figure out what to do with it. I had work last Saturday and I didn’t know what to do so I decided to just go with defining my curls as I know in the morning it wouldn’t take that long.The only thing I used for this was my best friend ecostyler and water. Yes, only that. The water I believe just made it easier and help to bring my curls out.

There is not much to achieving defined curls. All you do is…..

• Apply water over all your hair

• Get a bit of ecostyler on your hands

• Run your fingers through your hair a few times section by section

• Repeat until all your hair is done

This is literally what I do to get my curls popping. Simple….. Right? If you try this please do share and let me know how it went. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come out how you may have imagined it; just remember your hair is not the next persons. Learn your hair and work with it. Its not everything I try with my hair that turns out the way I want or that even works for me.

Below are a few pictures of my little fro and my defined curls.

Thanks for reading, please don’t forget to like follow and share! 
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My TWA went into a bun! 

Hi everyone 

Hope you are all having an amazing Tuesday!

I am a person who likes to change up my hair and see what I can do with it. I wanted something a little different other than the usual leave out.

I decided to watch some YouTube videos to see what you could do with short natural hair and I found the most perfect simple hairstyle. This lady I watched on YouTube has the most gifted hands because her hair is very short and he managed to do a bun hairstyle! I literally couldn’t believe she did it and she did it so well.

I had my little reservations as to whether this style would work on my hair but I am sure my hair is a little longer than hers so I decided to give it a go. I honestly did not struggle at all with this style. My best friend ecostyler gel did the job perfectly.

The above photo is the finished product and below are the steps I took. I also used some expression hair to achieve the high bun. Thankyou for reading, don’t forget to share like and comment. 
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Can’t Believe I Wore A Wig! 

Hello again… 

It was my birthday in June and I decided I wanted to do something to my hair other than keeping it out in a little afro. As I have mentioned multiples times I don’t really like weave but I still wanted to do something with weave (weird, I know). A friend of mine suggested I made a wig.

I’ve always grown up thinking that wig is for old people👵🏽. I grew up only seeing mature women wearing wigs so I never in a million years thought I would be wearing one in my 20s ahaha. She mentioned that it was so much easier, I could whip it off when I got home and when I woke up I could just put it back on. I found this very funny because I am very funny about hair that isn’t really mine.

I decided to make a wig as I didn’t want to straighten my hair and do a weave. A friend of mine who is a hair dresser made my wig and I loved it. I asked her to add a bit if blond to the ends and she did a great job. Check her out on insta @r.dhairstudio.

When I put the wig on I thought I would feel a bit funny but it just felt like I had weave. It was very secure; I was worried it would fly off my head easily lol. 🙊I thought having a wig would make my scalp less itchy, how wrong was I? I found myself patting my head on a regular basis and easing up the wig to itch my scalp. 

Side note: I’ve come to the conclusion that I am allergic to weave lol.

 When I did take the wig off when I got home I would make sure I oiled my scalp as I saw that having it on all day made my scalp really dry. That’s a very important fact I found wearing my wig.

I didn’t want to keep it straight so I decided to curl the ends and I instantly fell in love. That love didn’t last long as I only kept the wig on for a week and I was back to my TWA! The greatest thing about a wig is I can put it on whenever I want so I didn’t waste money. I don’t think I will be wearing it much though.

P.S jumpsuit is from Asos 

Don’t forget to follow my hair journey on insta @chev_natural 

Afro hair · Beauty · big chop · Hair and beauty · Hair growth · Hairstyles · Natural Hair · Natural hair journey · Naturalhairblog · Protectivehairstyle · twa

Almond Oil

Hello beautiful people…..

So a few weeks ago a friend of mine felt my hair. She mentioned how dry it was and I totally agreed with her. It didn’t matter what I put in it, it always seemed to get dry very easily. She suggested I used almond oil.

Immediately I decided to buy a bottle. I wasn’t sure what it would do to my hair but I was willing to try it because I didn’t want my hair looking dry anymore. I must say I love almond oil. Not only as it helped to keep my hair moist and shiny, I can also see the growth.

I decided to check out the benefits of almond oil for hair and this is what I found…..

• It works as a protector

• It makes your hair look shiny

• Its seals in moisture

• It strengthens the hair

These are the things I have read in regards to almond oil and I absolutely adore this oil so much and would definitely recommend.

This is the one that I use. Feel free to try and share how your experience.

Until next time 😊😘

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Hair Growth Update😊

Hey everyone…..

I haven’t posted in a while…again🙈. Recently I’ve been covering my hair a lot with extensions and now I made a wig and have been wearing that. (It will be off soon) lol. 

A few weeks  ago I was looking back at some old pictures and I noticed the growth since I cut my hair. I am extremely happy with how my hair is growing and it’s not as thick as I thought it would be. 

A lot of people around me always say ‘Chevel, your hair is growing so quickly, what do you do?’ To be totally honest, I don’t do much at all. I have noticed that my hair does grow even if I don’t pay that much attention to it. The main products I use are olive oil, and argon oil. I used to use olive oil when my hair was relaxed and I noticed it helped the growth and now that I am using it on my natural hair I can still see the growth. 

Check out some pics below to see how my journey is going so far (this was my 3 month growth). I can’t wait for it to grow even more!!😁

Until next time 😘

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Afro Hair And Beauty Show 

Hello beautiful people, 

It has been a while since I have posted but I wanted to share my experience at the Afro hair and beauty show. I had the opportunity to win some tickets to attend this show and I was so very happy and grateful for all those who helped me to win.

I originally wanted to go to the show but I wasn’t sure. I saw the opportunity to win some tickets so I decided to go for it and WON! Whoohoo. I attended the show last year and found it interesting so I wanted to see what it was like this year.

I love the fact that so many people are pushing to have their own business in something that they love and are passionate about. As soon as I walked in, there were many different stalls selling African accessories, dresses, materials etc. There is something about African materials that I just love! I had a quick look around and went straight upstairs to where the hair and beauty show was taking place.

The crowd was a bit much for me as in some areas I could hardly squeeze past the many people that were crowding around stalls trying to get their products. One of the things that really stood out for me in the show was the fact that these people decided to gain the knowledge needed in regards to natural hair and made a business out of it. I stood around one stall and this guy was demonstrating his products on someone’s natural hair. I even went to one of his private talks straight after. One thing that I noticed is that the only way we can really take care of our natural hair is if we gain knowledge and find what really works for us. I have been stressing this since I went back to my natural state hair.

A lot of people stress that they can’t go natural because they wouldn’t know what to do and it won’t look nice etc, but to be honest, all we need to do is learn what works for our hair. That was the main thing I took from the show.

I also love the fact that many people saw an opportunity in the Afro hair and beauty world and decided to take that opportunity and make it into a business. What don’t work for you can work for someone else so I believe there is definitely enough room for everyone to shine!

I really enjoyed my day at the show and to top it off I walked away with a few freebies….check out some of the pictures below. Until next time.😘

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Why doesn’t my natural hair look like hers? Part2 

This is such a big topic I had to do a part two. A lot of people I believe don’t go natural because they have in mind ‘what it should look like.’ They look at the girls on Instagram, watch all the YouTube channels and think ‘o my gosh, I want my hair like that.’ Sorry to disappoint you but we are all uniquely made so we can never look like so and so or have so and so’s hair. I love to see women embracing what they have and not trying to compare themselves to anyone else! This is so damaging, hence why many people want to change how they look.

I decided to ask a few of my friends who are natural their pros and cons with their natural hair and here are their opinions…..

Embracing my natural hair has definitely taught me a lot about self love. It helped me to think deeper about why I choose certain looks and if it was purely out what I liked or based on what others considered “beautiful”. I find that it is also healthier for my hair long term, every few years I would experience hair loss which I wasn’t able to tackle until I embraced my natural hair, now I know how to deal with it in the correct way instead of overlooking the root of what triggers it and how to regrow my hair. 

Negatives, hmmm when I feel lazy and my hair actually does not cooperate at all so I just have to do a wash and go in the end. Another personal negative is when I get stressed and my hair starts breaking as a sign of me needing to rest; can be annoying as I know not everyone’s body reacts the same way and it means putting my hair away for a while to stop the breakage. 

Comparing my 4c hair to others. I think in the beginning it’s hard because certain textures are considered more because the curl patterns are looser and easier to managed but I wouldn’t change mine for anything. My curl pattern changes each time I cut my hair so I have learnt to embrace what I have.


I love the fact of  less use of harmful chemicals and just allowing my hair to be. 

I don’t like sometimes that I never know what to do with my hair. 


Biggest struggle was getting used to my new texture and new length as I was very used to my long straight relaxed hair. I would see other girls with looser curls and would try to manipulate my curls with different products then came to realise I had to embrace my own texture and love it. I love the fact that my hair is thick and it has body, my hair type allows me to do a lot of versatile styles and I have the option to wear my hair short or long.

My struggle sometimes is plaiting my hair every night, I find this difficult to do as I’m often tired so I end up plaiting it twice a week then just make do with the shrinkage for the other days. 

My hair is sooo versatile, I love all the hairstyles I can do. I actually love the fact that it has a mind of its own sometimes lol. I love my curl pattern when it’s wet, it’s soo cute. I love the fact that someone can look at it and think it’s short, then when I stretch it, it’s like 😱😱😱!! I love the lazy hairstyles I can do when I just can’t be bothered and it still looks good. And I love the fact that practically anything I do with my hair is a hairstyle lool


Aside from feeling totally empowered about embracing everything about myself. I really love the fact when I walk on street and see another natural “sister ” and its like you have this connection just through your hair. Our generation will pass on something different for children that they can be themselves and not be afraid about it😊

The hardest thing about natural hair is wash day, I hate that it takes me a whole day😒

As you can see all these beautiful ladies have totally different hair texture and it’s not everything they like about  returning natural. One thing though is that they recognise that they are different and they are embracing it along the journey. 

If you are still struggling with this learn from theses ladies who have come to love their hair and are learning to work with what they have. 

Until next time….don’t be afraid to leave your comment and share share share💁🏾

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Protecting My Hair…..Braids 

So I decided to get my hair done in braids. I am so not a braids or weave person at all. My friends tend to tell me off a lot when I do my hair and the next week or two they see it out again. I even had one say to me ‘Chev I know you, that hair will be out next week or the week after.’ I had to laugh because that’s how I am with hair. This time however, I am going to push myself not to take it out quickly.
I chose to do braids because I was getting a little bit bored with my hair and also to help the growth process. As my hair is natural and it’s a TWA (teenie weenie afro) I can’t do much and I like to change my hair up from time to time. One of the reasons for cutting my hair and going natural was to get healthier and longer hair. I wanted to take care of my hair much better than I did before.

As I go along, I like to ask questions and research about how to better care for my hair and what helps. One of the things that I found out is that natural hair ends have to be protected. The ends tend to be damaged easily so it’s good to keep them away for a little while. Protective styling is not necessarily braids but I chose braids because I like how it looks and I can easily wake up in the morning and not have to struggle with what to do with my hair. I know that when my hair grows I won’t be putting braids in much. I will work with other protective styles.
I choose not to keep my hair in for too long so that it can get the right moisture and just breathe. I have seen women keep their braids in for very long and it’s caused a lot of damage. I have also seen them keep it in and it’s helped their hair to grow. I just think it all depends on the person and what is good for their hair. I personally don’t keep hair in for a long time because to be honest I feel 100% more confident with my actual hair out.

When I did my hair it was extremely tight, that’s another reason I don’t like to put braids or weave. I think I have very sensitive scalp and I just can’t handle the pain lool. However a friend of mine introduced something that helped to ease the pain. She rubbed Vicks on my scalp and instantly I started to feel the relief. Just a little tip for you guys. I also heard apple cider vinegar is really good for scalp and I have very itchy scalp so I will be trying this out to see if it works.

Hopefully I can share the results of this protective style with you guys soon. Until next time……don’t forget to share, like and comment!

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Patience Patience Patience! 

Are you thinking about going natural or in the process of transition? Did you do the big chop? Are you thinking ‘why is my hair not growing’?Patience, patience, patience. I have a habit of playing with my hair and length checking every single day lol. I mean every single day!

We all know that natural hair does some pretty amazing things. You may look at someone’s natural hair and think its short, I dare you to go and pull a few strands. You will be pleasantly surprised. That’s part of the beauty about our hair; it’s so versatile and does some things we just don’t understand sometimes.

It’s been 7 weeks since I did the big chop. Have I seen growth? Sure I have but you probably won’t be able to tell. This little fro does hide and seek (lol). Sometimes I see the growth and sometimes I think ‘is my hair even moving.’ That’s where I’ve been learning to be patient. I notice that am the kind of person that when I want something or if I make a decision to do something but really make a decision, I just don’t want to wait, I act straight away. That can be very dangerous btw because I have done things without thinking properly.

Hair doesn’t grow over night. It takes a lot of care and time for it to grow. We hear a lot that black natural hair doesn’t grow but that’s not true because I’ve seen many natural hair women with beautiful long hair. It’s just all about how we take care of it. Sometimes it’s to do with a person’s gene but I also believe how we take care of our hair plays a part.

I know many people may be thinking they don’t want to go natural because their hair won’t grow or it will take too long. Well, that’s a part of life, some things take longer than others but it’s how bad you want it that will determine if you will stick to what it is you set out to do in the first place. That’s the thing, when you do things for you and not for everyone else you don’t lose that focus no matter how long it takes.

We can be very impatient human beings. We want something and we want it now. If we think we can’t get it now then we change our minds or try to find an easier route. I encourage anyone thinking about going natural to learn patience. As I said before our hair is amazing at doing things we don’t necessarily understand or would like it to do but that’s a part of the journey and learning about your hair. I personally cannot wait to have my hair at the length I desire to have, I guess that’s why I do length checks everyday lol.

Not having patience with your hair can make you go back to relaxers or do things that may even damage your hair. Think about the goals you set out for your hair and continue to learn to care for it knowing that it takes time to get to where you want it to be.

This also taught me that in anything to do with life we have to have patience otherwise we will end up doing things we regret or even missing out on something great in the long run.

This is the progress in the space of a month (hair not stretched). 

 Until next time guys…..thank you for taking the time to read, please don’t forget to like, share and comment. I love to hear from you guys.

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