Since high school, I've had a love-hate relationship with my hair thanks to ALL of the chaos I'd put it through during my freshman and sophomore year. I've never put perm in my hair. (Thanks for never allowing that Mom!) However, I'd been going to the hair salon every two weeks faithfully since the age of 13. My hair was trained to remain straight through hot, cold, and rainy weather!
In high school, I went through an identity crisis and expressed myself through my hair. I died it different colors every other month. Although, I'd never added perm, my hair was now introduced to other chemicals. This started the cycle of putting excessive heat on damaged hair. Can't you see a huge difference in the fullness of my hair from the previous photo!?
Well, it became worse once I found my new best friend: SEW INS! I stopped going to the hair salon and would allow anyone who charged the lowest price to do my hair.
In February of 2016, I studied abroad in Costa Rica and was bit by a mosquito that carried a virus called Dengue. It was the most painful 4 months ever. Due to my health, the texture of my hair changed and began to break off. A few weeks after being cured of Dengue, I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to work as an Olympic Guide during the Rio Olympics (I'm nuts right!?). I wore a hat during the majority of the trip because my hair was extremely damaged and didn't blend in with my weave! Lol
When I returned from the Olympics, I was FED UP with my hair. I was fed up with weaves. I was fed up with not knowing how to take care of my hair. So I went to my stylist, LA, and told her to just cut it all off! Well... not all of it sis but whatever needed to go... cut it off!
It has been one year since my BIG CHOP!
About 3 months after the chop, LA went on maternity leave. I used those 2.5 months to stop putting heat on my hair. This was a big step since I had been straightening my hair faithfully since I was 13 years old. My hair grew sooooo much and it became extremely thick. Eventually I told LA to stop adding the extra tracks (a HUGE moment for us). LOL I no longer wear weave (except for a Birthday Slay) and I barely straighten my hair. More importantly, I learned how to manage my natural curl pattern. And for the first time in my life, I am IN LOVE with my hair.
This experience has allowed my hair-confidence to SKY ROCKET!
the routine and products that I use to take care of my natural curl pattern:
I don't own any flat irons or blow dryers. I straighten my hair once a month at the salon. After about two weeks of straight hair, I co-wash, deep condition and oil it up! My go-to-style is a slicked bun or a braid out. As a result of using less heat, my hair has grown super thick. This is a major accomplishment because my hair has a very fine texture. Before my monthly salon appointments, I deep condition my hair with a raw Shea Butter deep treatment masque. Next, I distribute a leave-in conditioner mixed with coconut oil onto my hair to soak up over night. Once LA straightens my hair, its luscious, slick and shiny.
My BIG CHOP was the greatest decision I've made for my hair. I'm praying for bra strap length hair by next year. Also, I need to get rid of the chemical damage on my natural curl pattern that's left at the crown of my hair where Miss Honey Blonde came to play in 2010! Stay Tuned!
She's awesome and the perfect stylist for all of your hair care services.