Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Hair "HERstory"!


My hair has a name, and her name is "Nirvana." I couldn't possibly begin to elaborate on my entire hair journey, because it is far too long, but I will give you the basics, and elaborate more throughout different post. My hair has always been thick, long, and an attention getter, but for most of my life, I never saw the beauty that everyone else did. I remember always wanting to wear my hair straight as a child, but my mother always kept my hair in cute, girly styles, and saved the press in curl for Sunday's. I grew up believing that straight hair was the "ideal beauty." It wasn't until I got older, and began thinking for myself that my natural head of hair was best for me! I got my last relaxer on May 7, 2009. I began my transition, and on November 11, 2009, I cut all of my long, relaxed and damaged strands of hair off. I felt released, different, and liberated!


Back then, I thought I knew so much about natural hair, but what I thought was good, turned out to not be so good for my hair. I would spend countless hours on youtube looking at other ladies do their natural hair regimens, but one thing I remember is that everyone I saw always seemed to use gel. I began to think that using gel was something that you needed to wear your natural hair out successfully. Boy was I fooled! Long story short, my hair hates gel, and I don't use gel to define my natural hair.

I was led to believe that natural hair was so strong, and that it could take harsh chemical treatments such as color. So guess what I did? Yup! You got it! I began coloring my hair...EXCESSIVELY!! I can't even count how many times I've dyed my hair in my "not so long" journey of being natural. I've had jet black, blue black, brown, honey blonde, bright red, pink (by dying my hair honey blonde over my already red hair), and almost everything in between! As a result, my hair became extremely damaged with tangled ends, and desert dryness! So on June 4, 2011, I decided to do a second big chop. My hair wasn't cut as short as the first time, and this time, I actually got it cut into a style. Needless to say, I am on a healthy hair journey, and I refuse to turn back!


1 comment:

  1. lovin it....keep it up, the other day I realized that my initial big chop wasn't cut right, so i have to get my ends trimmed to ge the afro right but I got you boo.

    P.S. My hair only likes gel when it's soaking wet and twisted, other than that, I can do without.