Returning to the "R"

Thanks for the encouragement. Every time I say something bad about my hair, I always try to remember that there are ladies with alopecia that would love to have hair...any kind of hair. I am grateful to God that even though my hair and I don't always get along, thank God I have hair to fight with.

And, it also helps that my parents now live in another time zone....
Well, relaxed hair doesn't always equal easier hair to take care of. I have the same basic problems with relaxed as transitioning: not knowing how to style it or what products to use to keep it healthy and stop shedding. I'm learning how to do both now (still confused about the shedding). The frustrations were the same with me, whether relaxed or transitioning.

When I think about going back to relaxing (I've been transitioning a year, so you know the thoughts come up) I just start to remember what it was like when my hair was relaxed. Was it really easier to take care of? Not always. Did I really know how to style it then? No, I'm learning more now. Do I like how my hair looks now, even with two textures fighting for rights to my head, over how my relaxed hair looks? Most of the time. Can I afford to pay for a relaxer? Probably not, but I do spend a lot on hair products, so maybe it evens out

Anyway, I figure, if my hair is going to be frustrating at times, it's going to at least be my hair. Healthy, fluffy, curly, kinky...gotta love it! It's about finding the right products, the right routine, changing up with the seasons (styles, routine, products, etc) and REALLY listening to my hair.

Maybe I've preached more to myself than to you, but I hoped it helped
girlgc - you know, i haven't regretted going natural since i did the BC. not once have i thought about going back to a relaxer. but to be honest i DO have days i miss my length or see a straight style that i know would involve burning my napps badly if i wanted to imitate it.

if i'm bored with my hair or want a new look now, i say why not get some fake hair. it's so much more hassle-free than relaxing and i still get the style i want without making my natural hair suffer. just the other day i was watching music videos and saw that old "Bills Bills Bills" by Destiny's Child. you remember Beyonce's hair was cornrowed back and the back was all out and crimpy? well that's called tree braids. she had all her natural hair cornrowed back and the weave is braided in and pulled back out so it looks like it's "yours." after a minute of thinking i realized this could make a good protective style (hair in cornrows... no manipulation) and still look cute. so i am thinking about getting it done this weekend for a nice change of pace.

that's my 2 cents. HTH some!
Lady Libra
3c/4a???
i stick with the description "OS thready thick"

my curly fro now is at collarbone when straightened.... basically the length i had when i started transitioning! hooray for growth!!! =)
ladylibra, if you get this done take some pictures! i love your hair the way it is now. it's saved under my favorites.
ladylibra, if you get this done take some pictures! i love your hair the way it is now. it's saved under my favorites.
Originally Posted by bubbles76
thanks for the compliment bubbles76! i'll try to get some pics posted as soon as i get this style... i know i've been slacking in the picture updates lately!
Lady Libra
3c/4a???
i stick with the description "OS thready thick"

my curly fro now is at collarbone when straightened.... basically the length i had when i started transitioning! hooray for growth!!! =)
My friends Mother brought the relaxer topic up just the other day!
She told me how blessed I am to have naturally curly hair.
She says that she spends so many hours and so much money on hair care. She brought it to my attention that she has to have her hair done weekly. She spends her Saturday mornings in the salon.
Originally Posted by zsazsa
Um, don't all Type 4 people have naturally curly hair? Nobody NEEDS to use relaxer.... So I don't see your or her point. How are you any more or less blessed than any other Type 4 person?
Originally Posted by The Sakkeh Project

No..you are lumping all 4's together...4A hair is usually curly with a rounded, circular or spiral look to the curl. Those who are 4b tend to not have that they have more of a zig zag defination, if any. Usually not a curl at all.

PJ
HG: WEN Sweet Almond
Ojon RT
Oils (jojoba, olive, sapote, carrot)
Kinky curly custard
Blended Beauty (new fave)
I will not chop my hair off in frustration this year. I will not..I promise, no braids, no braids, no chopping.

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