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Old 05-27-2012, 03:36 PM   #3
aislin
 
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It took a lot of time of growing out hair, going through various phases, and coming to terms with my natural hair again.

I dyed my hair platinum blonde a year before I found this website and I loved to straighten it at least once weekly. Then I started growing my hair out because the breakage was so awful. When I found this website a year later and went CG, it made a huge difference in how healthy my hair was. 6 months later I BC'ed because I wanted short hair. 8 months after that and various cuts that only left my hair worse and too short when I was trying to grow it out, I decided to use what I thought would be a low manipulation technique (because I would have minimal heat styling as opposed to styling either wavy (diffuser) or straight (blow dry/flat iron) to grow it out and because I wanted straight hair- I Japanese straightened it. My hair was in great shape for about three months - and then I had a lot of breakage because I STILL had to flat iron it to get it straight as it got longer - not my new growth, but the parts that were actually relaxed still. That gave me a lot of time to have the straight hair I was addicted to, and I got really sick of it. I started wanting my waves back, and remembered how fun it could look when it was natural.

I haven't straightened my hair in... three months maybe. And the last time I did it I got sick of it the moment I was finished styling it and washed it out the next day. I think long, straight hair still looks nicer on me than my natural hair, but my natural hair is.... well, me and that's something I accept now and celebrate. I think really, it comes down to self acceptance. Especially in my case, where I've hated my hair my whole life up until the past few years.
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