Last week I was about to break down and get my hair relaxed, but I decided against it. I went to a new salon and got a shampoo, blow dry, flat iron, and trim. Since the stylist was new to me, I just wanted to try her out before releasing her to do something major to my hair.
She told me that my hair is fine, and there is some breakage. (She showed me the breakage, and I didn't think it was too bad considering a dude at another salon in the city dang near burned my hair to death when he flat ironed it a couple of months ago. My hair smelled "BURNT" for days. I was praying that it all wouldn't fall on the floor.) Thankfully, it didn't, but there is definite damage. I will never go to that salon again.
Anyway, I thought there would have been more breakage than what she showed me. That being said, I don't want to experience ANY more breakage, and I want to retain my growth, which I don't feel is happening right now. The new stylist said that fine hair needs protein more than people with coarse hair because the strands of the hair are so thin. People with coarse hair can store up more protein in the strands because there is more room. This is the first I've heard of this, and the first time in my life that I've ever been told I have fine hair. I don't know if what she said about protein is true, but I asked my mom, and she said my hair is definitely fine like hers. (Gee, thanks, mom. The hair on my dad's side is coarse. Why couldn't I have gotten my dad's hair?)
I think it's best for me to get the Keratin treatment. Obviously, my hair is breaking where my natural hair and relaxed ends meet. That's a no-no for me. I want to do what I can to strengthen my hair for the rest of my transition. And now that I've learned my hair is "fine" (which I'm thinking is a bad word for me) I better get help fast.
I will let you guys know how it goes for me. BTW, I have tried posting pictures. Evidently, I'm not very tech savvy. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.