So for those who don't know, I started my natural hair transition after my last relaxing session in January. It actually started out as just taking a break from chemicals because my eczema seemed to be getting worse. I'd wash my hair on a Saturday and by mid-week, it would start flaking and itching. No bueno. Who has the time?
Anyway, I got fed up of washing my hair so often and I was also distressed over the amount of hair that came out when I did a wash. So I decided to take a little break and said I wouldn't relax until my birthday in June. This "little break" saw me doing braids and twist outs and curls just to avoid aggravating my scalp. I learned how to prevent the itch the comes with Kanekalon from early and started using lots and lots of moisturizer.
Okay, side note. My hair is really thick. Like breaking-combs-and-brushes-taking-forever-to-style thick - ,my grandparents were of Maroon descent and I got my grandmother's THICK, STRONG, UNRULY head of hair. When I was 12 years old, my mother made the decision (and I wasn't mad at her) to relax my hair. My hair stayed relaxed until this year.
During my protective styling days, I started feeling on my roots and fell in love with them. In March (I think), I decided I wasn't going to relax my hair again because I wanted to experience my natural hair again. I've been documenting my natural hair journey since then and I've grown to love and appreciate my hair so much. I take way better care of it, watch the products I use, drink way more water (and if you know me, you know that I try to always have water in my hand or nearby) and do protective styles.
After a series of braids, I made a brave move and journeyed to a barber shop to try something new. Needless to say, my mother was less than thrilled. Oops. Anyhoo, I worked with the new hairstyle I had and tried to care for my hair the best I could but I still had relaxed ends which affected the growth and maintenance of my roots. So I made another decision. I was gonna chop it all off and start from scratch. After I did that cut, I had never felt more liberated and feminine in my life. Yes for all of this! I love to change my hair and play around with my look so stay tuned to see what else I'm up to. Colour, maybe? Who knows!
I'll be uploading a video soon on how it's been caring for a TWA, short for teenie weenie afro (Rochelle had to tell me what that meant. Lol)
You can pay attention to my YouTube channel for more. I'm working on making the videos a little more high quality so bear with me as I sort that out.