Calling All My Darling Hair Divas,
This post is especially for you!
I originally said to self, I would not incorporate any hair posts on this blog. Not because I don’t like hair, I love it actually. Styling crowns of glory has been one of my first loves. In all seriousness it is. I have had a love affair with it since my dad first taught me how to single braid my barbie’s hair.
At one time, I even wanted to become a beautician. That was until I realized that beauty school was extremely expensive. Eventually in adulthood, I was blessed with the opportunity to work as a professional stylist. The experience was less than great. So I continued on to be a kitchen beautician. Something I had been doing for years, prior to the whole beauty parlor ordeal.
When I became of age to care for my own crown, it was on. I was my own teacher and mannequin. I experimented with almost everything, and I was fearless when it came to trying out new trends. And because of that, I have encountered many epic fails along the way.
The main reason why I never wanted to talk about hair on my blog, was because I know it is something that everyone is and has been doing. Weirdly enough, after much thought I have change my mind. Everyone has a different story, with different experiences. So I thought, why not share my experiences? Besides, everywhere I go my hair is a topic of conversation. In addition to when I post pictures on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. I am constantly asked about my curls, who does my hair, my color, the products I use, etc.
I have been fully natural now since June of 2014. Before I went completely natural, I would texlax my tresses. For those of you who are unaware of what that is, let me explain. I would break down the strength of my relaxer, with either an oil or conditioner. Leave the relaxer in for a lesser time, plus no working in the chemical. This is done as a way to prevent the hair from relaxing bone straight. It actually worked well for me.
Although my hair is thick and full, my strands are on the fine side. So it processes quite quickly, when it comes to relaxers. Which would leave me with super dead and flat hair. Something I hated, so I did that for a couple of years. Eventually I grew tired of that whole entire process.
My routine was I would texlax, wash, color, roller set, sit under the dryer, flat iron, and then pin curl. I was so over the whole entire process, and on relax days I hated the smell of the chemicals. I figured since only texlaxed 3 times a year, I really did not need it. And I could simply do without it.
When I decided to chop my hair off, there were a series of unfortunate things that accrued. I cut my hair which was longer than shoulder length. I cut it to neck length. Then I wanted layers, so I went to a Dominican Salon, and got layers. Which I totally hated! I was a pin curl girl and now with these new layers, my pin curls just did not turn out the same.
After days of searching for the perfect cut that I wanted. I called up my stylist and made an appointment. Left work early, and after waiting about 6 hours, maybe longer it was over. All of my hair was laying on the beautician’s floor. And I could not have been more happier! I have read so many stories where women have cried and mourned over the loss of their hair. Hair has always been an accessory to me, so cutting it was just the norm. And something I was accustomed to doing.
Once most of my processed hair was gone, I did a lot of perm and flex rod sets. I wanted to incorporate styles in my routine, that did not include straightening my hair. I did not want to experience the dreaded heat damage, but I also wanted to embrace my natural curls.
I even colored my hair red, which I totally adored. What I did not adore was the upkeep of the color. I stuck it out for over a year, and even incorporated a uncut into the equation. The undercut is one of my favorite hair styles, because it is super low maintenance. You only have the top portion to worry about. Aand as many of you ladies know, when you are rocking a twa, keeping that little afro curly after a good nights rest is a total pain.
After I got rid of the beautiful red, I decided to go blonde, which is one of my favorites colors to date. I actually tried to go blonde before red. It turned out to be a tremendous fail. Of course I did not give up, and I finally achieved success! Since then I have again implemented a undercut into my mix. And this is my current style to date. I have no pictures yet, since I just did my undercut over the weekend. But I will post some soon. As I continue to share my crown glory stories with you
And this is my hair journey, ladies what is yours?