My Hair Story! Part II: Embracing the Kinks

I use my hair as a way to express myself and a bit of a stress reliever so whenever I'm going through something, there's sure to be a change in my color and/or cut. August 29, 2010, I did just that. Got my hair cut into a short bob-very short, up to my ears. I got a color around this time, but I'm not sure if it was that day. My relaxed ends were gone, it was extremely liberating...once it was over. During the cut though, I was a bit near tears. That same day I changed my mind and decided I would be a kinky natural and embrace my "kinks of nature". I wore it straight only for the first week after my cut. During that week, I discovered the online natural hair community, learned how to read ingredients, and watched YouTube videos. I went to Target and purchased the first products I would use on my natural hair: Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, and Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Moisture Mist. I didn't get the Curl Enhancing Smoothie until a month later when my local Target got it in stock. I still use and love all of these products to this day!

Once my hair started growing out, I noticed the texture of my roots was much kinkier than my ends. I also had some straight pieces. I realized that the damage was a result of my frequent straightening combined with coloring and not properly caring for my hair prior to cutting, I later big chopped again removing all of my damaged ends on June 20, 2011. I still count August 29, 2010 as my first day natural because the hair that grew from that point on was my natural texture. I was only removing what had been done prior to that date.

Now having gone through so many setbacks with damage, I have decided to not straighten my hair again. I'll stretch with either curl formers or do an occasional blow out, but I'm not straightening. I still color my hair but I use semi-permanent dyes that do not contain hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or ammonia. I like Manic Panic and Adore semi-permanent colors. I also do henna treatments, but haven't done them in a long time and want to begin implementing those in my regimen again.

Wash and go after 2nd BC. 10 months growth. Major shrinkage!
Next month, will be my two year mark. I've learned to become an expert on my own hair, and that's the best advice I can give to anyone whether you're relaxed or natural. Know your own hair. What works for others, might not work for you. I know some may disagree with me, but I don't view curl pattern as an important factor in hair care and product selection. When caring for my hair, my main concerns are using products that work with my hair's porosity and maintaining a protein-moisture balance.

Blow out at 20 months.
Goals? I don't have any definite hair goals beyond having healthy hair. I'd like to reach bra-strap or mid back-length when blown out, and shoulder length when shrunken. Focusing on healthy hair will help me to retain length. Then again, who knows? I could change my mind and cut my hair off tomorrow. As long as it's healthy, I don't care what length it is.

I hope these posts help someone along his/her own hair journey.

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