Friday, April 18, 2014

Hair Update: 6-months update

I am officially 6-months post relaxer (as of last weekend). I plan on going until 12 or 17-months post before I chop off the rest of my relaxed ends.

Why 12 or 17? I am giving myself 2 dates. That way, if I feel like I am ready to chop it on my one year post relaxer anniversary, I don't feel disappointment in myself.
But if come October 2014, I feel like I can continue my "hair journey", I'll continue until next February which will be 17-months from my last relaxer and 12-months from when I made the decision to go natural. Have I fully confused you yet? :-).

To simplify, I'll either chop off the relaxed ends in mid-October 2014 or early February 2015.

Things are going OK so far. Can't really complain too much as far as dealing with both textures. I think its cause I have often stretched my texlax for 4-5 months. Perhaps now I'll start to really see what people are talking about when they say the 2 textures makes it difficult to manage?

For now, I try to do as little manipulation as possible. I wear styles that take 15-minutes or less to do. I do have a somewhat needy toddler so I need to make sure I can get my hair done while she is playing before she demands my attention.

Interesting conversation with J a few days go went like this:

J: So are you liking your hair journey so far?
Me: Hmmm...good question. I don't know. Why?
J: Well, you've been making progress so I hope you are starting to see the results you want.
Me: Hmmm...I hope so. I guess we'll see. It is certainly different.

I know a lot of people say they fall in love with their curls once they started transitioning. I am not entirely there yet. I do like that I have more texture but my hair feels "different" to me. Perhaps because I haven't had it natural in a very long time. Only time will tell. Perhaps once I take off the relaxed ends, I'll fall in love? I better!
Eitherways, as folks say, its just hair and as long as I can put it up in a bun, I am happy :-).

So here are some pics of my hair from this week.

Bunning it! I decided to wear a bun to work on Tuesday.

Braided it on Tuesday evening and planned on doing a braid-out but decided against it.

I thought I did a good job but when I sent my sister a picture, she said "perhaps wear a wig"

So on Wednesday, I decided to "wig it" to work. I got a ton of compliments and I am not sure of how to take it. 1. Does my hair always look bad so now they are complimenting me? Or 2. Do people really like the look?

Since I run on Tuesday and Thursdays at work, on Thursday, I pretty much wore the braid out I initially planned to wear and pinned it up. I had a ton of things to do and didn't get a chance to take a picture. 

Today, its in a bun. Nothing new there! Its my go to style!

Well, until next time, have a fabulous weekend and remember to be kind to be strangers!


  1. I think you got compliments on the wig because it was different from what they were seeing. That is all. I personally prefer seeing your natural hair...which is beautiful, by the way.....I haven't used heat or chemicals in my hair (with the occasional dye--turning gray, don't like it---) for over 5 years.

    1. You're likely right. It is a different look for me. I am trying different things to see what sticks. Thank you!

      Kudos on being able to go that long without heat or chemicals. Do you do your own hair or do you go to a hair salon?

  2. Congrats on your progress thus far. I am 16 weeks post and fed up,lol! I am sure you will love your hair once all the relaxed ends are gone! I like the wig too and I am sure it is because it's "different" and suits you well.

    1. Thank you!

      Stay strong!!! It really does go by fast. I thought 6 months would take forever but I am now well into it and almost 7-months along (in 10-days).I am not starting to feel like I can say "yeah, I've got this." :-).

      When are you going to blog your journey? Would love to read about it! You can do a combination blog with your son's first hair cut :-).

  3. You are doing awesome with your hair journey. Keep it up girl. It took me a good 2 years to love my hair and it's definitely a good feeling.

    1. Thank you! I hope it continues. So far, it hasn't been crazy difficult to maintain it. Perhaps because I never really liked doing much to my hair so going natural allows me to be even more lazy with my hair :-).

      Can't wait to see where my hair would be at the 2-year mark.

  4. I love my fro, but its taken me ages. Not everyone falls instantly in love and thats ok. Everyone journey is different. Enjoying reading about your journey.

    1. Did you transition or did you do a big chop?

      Would love to see your hair journey. It encourages me when I read about people who've been through it as well.

  5. I love that your hair journey is coming are doing awesome. i wish i had more interest in my natural would be so much fuller....i do love a good 'fro!!

    1. Thank you!

      You should blog your hair journey at some point. Would love to see how its doing.

  6. aww, hubby is so sweet to ask :)

    I think they complimented your wig because it is a different look on you and suits you as well.

    Your hair is looking good! Keep at it, you'll really appreciate it soon!

    1. He sure is. Last night, he even said he likes the way my natural hair is growing in. He is always so supportive. I love that about him. I always know he's in my corner.

      Thank you thank you! It really hasn't been as hard as I thought it'd be :-).


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