Back in 1996 - 1997, I decided I wanted to go natural. That idea lasted for about 2-months! My hair was breaking and I had no clue what to do with it so I went back to relaxing my hair.
In 2006, I noticed that my hair was getting thinner. To combat that, I started to have it texturized instead of putting a full on relaxer. I did this once every 3-months at first then I went to once every 4-months. That helped but it wasn't a huge difference growth-wise.
In early 2011, I decided to start taking better care of my hair. I joined sites like www.hairlista.com and www.k-i-s-s.biz and did a lot of reading online. I became a "hair product junkie" for like 8-months but you could really see the difference in what it was doing to my hair. My hair was always in a bun BUT, it really truly helped my hair grow!
|Beginning of my first hair journey...February, 2011|
It did really well while I was pregnant. It grew and was full. Then I had JOE and post partum shedding came on strongly and I was not spared!
|@ 37 weeks pregnant. 10/20/2012|
I lost a lot of the fullness and lack of combing my hair for a few days here and there = major loss of strands!
I had to start all over again but I kept neglecting it since I just didn't have much time to focus on my hair.
|Then this happened...almost on a daily basis|
Fast forward to last Saturday. I was 20-weeks post my last texturizer. It was time to make a decision. To texlax again or go natural? All 3 of my sisters including my mom are natural. I really never wanted to go natural. However, I noticed that my mom has had a lot of shedding in the last few years primarily due to using too many chemicals in her hair and not taking better care of it.
Its coming back nicely but she wishes she had taken better care of her hair.
I decided since I haven't seen my own natural hair since 1995 (I was not allowed to use ANY chemical treatment on my hair until I graduated high school), I might as well take the plunge.
So on Saturday 2/22/14 (20-weeks since my last texlax), I saw my stylist and she cut a few inches off my hair. My one request was that I MUST be able to put it in a ponytail. I should have stipulated that I needed to be able to put it in a bun.
I felt really happy after I left cause my hair looked great. Then I wrapped it up and woke up on Sunday to get ready for church.
And that was when I was in shock. WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO MY HAIR??? It is WICKED SHORT!!! I was NOT happy. J has been subjected to my constant complaining about how short it is. I haven't had it this short in at least 8-years.
Granted, it isn't ultra short but I really was missing my hair now. Also, what was I thinking? I am the kind of person that doesn't know how to blow dry let alone flat iron my hair! Did I make the right decision? Was I too hasty in getting it chopped off?
Only time will tell. For now, I am back to having my hair in a bun full time and I am hoping that when I get pregnant again, the pregnancy hormones will help grow it out a little. I know I'll lose some due to post partum shedding. I plan on taking better care of it this time though.
I refuse to get a big chop and since I have a round face, a teeny weeny afro (TWA) won't look great on me.
This'll be a long process but I am sorta looking forward to experimenting with different styles. Something I have never really done before with my hair.
|Work hair. Half a bun. Its too short to even go in a full bun! YIKES!!!|
Then there is my lovely daughter's hair. I also have to try to figure out what to do with hers. I tried to french braid it yesterday and this was as good as I could get it without her fussing.
So I took it out and here is how long it is!
Putting her in front of the iPAD and a computer works sometimes but not all the time. I have to figure out something cause her hair is growing longer and getting more tangled so I need to find styles that she can wear for 2-3 days at a time.
I'd love to hear about your hair transition experience if you have one OR your tips for taking care of little girls hair!
Have a fabulous week!