Struggling…

Hey guys!! So the last time we spoke about my hair I said I would try some different straight styles out since I had my hair flat ironed. Well girl, that didn’t happen. I’m not sure where I went wrong. It could have been my lack of experience, it could have been the fact that I waited too long and my hair became limp and lifeless due to heavy products or it could have also been the fact that my hair just works better with texture. So unfortunately I don’t have any examples of straight styles. But I’ll try next time to see if it works out.

Now I do have an update to my curls. As I stated before, I was little shocked with the amount of hair that was chopped off. But I am trying to hurry up and get rid of some extremely damaged ends so it didn’t bother me too much. You can see it wasn’t such a bad thing since the curls are getting more showtime than the ends.

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I do have some pieces that aren’t as defined as the others but once everything has improved I can work on those sections separately and rebuild.

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To keep up the progress, I cleansed my hair of all the heavy products and worked in a deep conditioning. For cleansing I used Carol’s Daughter’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo which is unfortunately no longer available along with Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque which can only be found in Target stores. I left the masque on for 30 minutes and covered with a plastic cap.

Once I was done, set my hair with some two strand twists. Let me tell you, although this is my go to style during the week, my twist game is just complete struggle. I mean it’s just sad but it still gets the job done so ehh well….

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So it’s great to have my curls back and I’m happy to see my natural curl pattern still going strong. That’s all for this week so comeback to see what I have going on for next time. Bye!!

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#HairDid

Hey guys!! So as the hashtag suggests I got my hair did (sorry for the improper grammar but it fits.) As I stated before, I wanted to have two inches cut off to help quickly get rid of those damaged ends. So what do you think?

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I’m not sure if two inches was a lot or if someone was a little “scissor happy,” but it’s shorter than I expected. I’m not too concerned because more than likely I’m closer to my goal.

My scalp is a little dry and it may be due to the changing season. Since my hair was flat ironed and I won’t have to tend to it as much this week, I’ll be focusing on this dry scalp issue I’m having. It’ll be a great use of time to find what works best with the winter coming soon.

One thing I also want to try out is different hairstyles for this straight hair. My goal is to find styles that use little to no heat. For example, using my flexirods to add more curls.

I may post again throughout the week so stay tuned to see what I’ve come up with. Ok guys talk to you later. 😉

P.S. Don’t judge me for my eyebrows. I’m trying to let them grow in to get a better shape…. #theStruggle

Progress

Greetings!! So at this time I’d like to give you all a little update on my journey. Again, this is my third attempt at going natural and it’s been since summer of 2010 that I had my last chemical treatment which was a texturizer. A few months into my journey I experienced disappointment as my curls just weren’t coming in like I wanted but at this point I’m starting to show improvement.

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Ta da!! This is the result of scaling back on heat styling and low manipulation maintenance and styling. At the start of my journey I flat ironed my hair…A LOT!! It took me a while to realize that this was causing a great deal of damage to my hair. So I put the iron down and moved forward with curly styles.

My favorite hairstyle would be my signature. I spoke on how I obtained these wonderful curls in a preivous post. It was great but I think it pulled my hair too tight (maybe that was my fault) and I believe this caused damage as well. So I had to let it go for a while and find something less harmful.

Earlier this year, I began practicing flat twist styling which seemed to work. Now I must admit my flat twist skills aren’t that great but it got the job done. I’ll discuss my technique in a future post. With this styling method along with fingered detangling, I began to see my curls become more and more visible.

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Here’s a better look at my progress. There are more few inches that I need to get rid of before I feel comfortable with wearing my natural curls. I’ll be getting two inches cut off this weekend and if I continue with a good trim each month I should be good to go early next year.

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I wanted to quickly show you a better view of my progress. Here you can really see the line of demarcation as my curls become more defined. In case you don’t know, the line of demarcation is where my curly hair and straight hair meet. Now that the line is more prominent, I have to take special care of this area making sure nothing breaks or snaps off.

At one point I wanted to give up and just do a big chop, but those who knew me knew I probably wouldn’t like my hair that short and encouraged me to keep going. I’m glad I listened and stuck with my journey. I have just a little bit more to go and like I said, I should be ready to wear my curls out in a few months. Well I’ll be sure to keep you all posted. See ya!!

Transitioning…still

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Good evening everyone!!

So I think it’s time to dive into the subjects that I wish to cover and give an introduction to each one. A large part of this blog will be my hair which is currently a situation. Like many others, I’m transitioning my texture back to it’s natural state. However, my transitioning story is a bit different than others.

I was born with natural curly hair. Actually I wasn’t born with any hair, lol. No really the hair grows naturally curly but my mother grew up in a world where it was common practice to chemically straighten hair. So when she felt I was old enough she gave me a relaxer. I didn’t get many, maybe the most, 4 a year. But the older I got the more I wondered about my natural texture.

During my senior year of high school I made the decision to have my last relaxer for prom. My mom was ok with it so I went for it. Looking back, everything went as expected. With the help of regular trims and keeping up with my cleansing, my hair transitioned back to its natural curl. The only problem was that this was between 2001-2003 and back then not a lot of people were going natural. Therefore, I had no idea how to style it or what products to use. So come fall of 2005 I requested another relaxer.

I felt since I was flat ironing my hair for the most part, then having curls was pointless. I continued with the relaxer for a few more years but it became boring. After receiving a deep conditioning treatment that I wasn’t happy with, I decided no more relaxers. Again, I cleansed my hair and received regular trims. I saw results but still didn’t know how to style it. At this point it’s 2010 and the transitioning movement still isn’t as big as it would later be. So I had someone talk me into a texturizer…dun dun duuuunnnnn. Big mistake.

So the first one was ok. I still had a lot of curls but they were loose. But then I got another one, and this is where it all went bad. I think it was left on too long and basically relaxed my hair and I ended up with an uneven texture. So I knew that I had to start all over but this time I was lucky.

At this same time I became familiar with a new all natural salon named Synergi Salon. They were familiar with the transitioning process, had their own line of products and didn’t provide relaxers so I knew it was a step in the right direction. So again I began my transitioning journey for the third time. But it didn’t go so well.

Between the mishap with the texturizer and flat ironing my hair 2-3 times a week, my hair became very weak and damaged. I literally have 5 different textures that I’m dealing with. But I’ve found a way to deal with it and get back on track.

I’m conditioning more, I’m using less heat and I’m getting more trims. Let’s just say this is transitioning journey 3.2. I hope it goes well and I’ll definitely let you all know about my whole process.

Until next time, be safe and take care. Deuces!!