I Cut My Hair.

Yea, I said it. I. Cut. My. Hair. Well, if you’ve read my previous posts then you know my frustrations from transitioning STILL after so many years. You see, for the most part, heat damage had set in and it was making me become impatient. So I headed over to Target and bought my own sheers.

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Now I could have gone to the salon and had it professionally done, but I felt like doing it myself. Saved some money and time. No worries, I still love getting my hair did but I just needed to take care of this ASAP.

After reading an article about cutting your own hair and the techniques to use, I felt it was ok for me to do so. As you can see I took small sections of my hair and issued two strand twists throughout. Then I went through and clipped about 2 inches from each twist.

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Below you’ll find my ends….RIP.

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It turned out ok…a bit uneven but that was expected. I started going through it all to try and even it out some but when I started noticing it was getting shorter than I wanted. I said “girl, stop.” I mean before I started, I told myself to not bet on it being even and we can hide it with curls for a while. So I put the scissors down and finished my Sunday, wash-day routine.

Since this trimming, I’ve been wearing a twist out and it’s suiting me very well. Also, my curls are more defined now that a lot of the dead ends have been chopped. The front section of my hair is still pretty damaged, so I’ll be working on fixing that and we should be good to go with a wash ‘n go some time soon.

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Well that’s all for now. Make sure to follow the blog and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @_curlyncurvy. See ya next time. Deuces!!!

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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!!

Afro-Rican Problems

Hey people. So I was really hoping that this post would show off my excellent flat iron skills, but I was wrong. It ended up being a realization that the fight with humidity is mad real. But although I had some issues, trust and believe I know what I’m doing.

So my big concern right now during my transition is heat damage. At the beginning of my journey I was using a titanium flat iron with very little heat protectant. For months now I’ve been laying low on straightening my hair and instead using low manipulation styles to try and help my curls bounce back. Since I wanted to wear it straight, I went back to my ceramic flat iron and found a protectant during a product hunt at Target.

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There were several products to choose from but I ended up settling on the Jane Carter Solution Creamy Leave in Styling Smoother. This product was especially designed to protect natural and transitioning hair during heat styling which was perfect for me and I found it to be very moisturizing without weighing my hair down.

Since I was going to flat iron my hair I decided to begin the process by doing a hot oil treatment for added protection. After sitting under the dryer for a few minutes I followed up by washing my hair with Carol’s Daughter Monoi shampoo and conditioner.

After cleansing my hair I used a few pumps of the leave in moisturizer and coated my hair from root to tip. I then blow dried my hair in sections. Here’s a look at it after blow drying. It’s big, huh?

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I added another two pumps to my dried hair for more protection before flat ironing. Next I began to flat iron by parting it in horizontal sections from the back of my hair and working forward. When I was done I wrapped my hair and went to sleep.

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At the end of the day the humidity proved to be stronger and caused my hair to inflate a little. I mean it was ok but I know what my hair can do so I decided to do a small touch up. Since the moisturizer evaporated a little I added a small amount of protecting cream.

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As you can see the end result was great. I was completely satisfied with the way it turned out. My hair lasted for about a week and kept it smooth by wrapping it each night.

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Like I said before, my main concern at this point is protecting my hair when heat styling. During my next wash I checked to see if my curls bounced back and they did.

It looks as though I’ve found a product that works great for me. Although I found this great product, I’m going to continue to wear low manipulation styles until my hair is 100% natural.

Well that’s all for now guys. Make sure to follow the blog and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @_curlyncurvy. See you next time!