Three attempts at maintaining healthy, natural hair just wasn't enough for me. I had to do it one more time and this time I think I've finally gotten it down.
I haven't always had the best relationship with my hair but I'm determined to love it and make it love me one curl at a time.
My hybrid hair type is a mix of 3b, 3c and a few bone straight pieces here and there. Damn you ancestors!!!!
My hair is thick, dense, full and curly! Sounds ideal right? Wrong!
My hair is as uncooperative as it is unruly. I swear it has a mind of its own.
What initially started this journey was a brief bout with cancer at age 19. My hair was thinning and falling out so before I was due to start treatment, I shaved it all off.
This transition for me was long before being natural was "in." My peers were very much attached to the creamy crack and eventually I relapsed. I tried a slew of cuts, colors, and lengths.
I cut it off and started over a second time only to continue to relapse again and again and again.
After a few more bouts with rehab (ditching the creamy crack) I went cold turkey and completely kicked the habit.
Fast forward to 2008...
While in grad school I visited a weaveologist who would completely change my life!
I wanted a healthy hair make-over and after waiting a year to snag an appointment with her, I committed myself and my hair to 11 months of full head weaves (with the closure).
I threw out my arsenal of hair products and swore to use only the products suggested by my stylist; KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo and Moisture Mist Leave-In Conditioner by Shescentit.com.
My hair grew from a modest ear-length bob to just past bra strap length in 11 months!
I only had 4 inches of relaxer left so I rid myself of it and thus the journey began...again.
As summer wore on, I grew a bit bored and wanted to wear my hair straight for a bit.
I mean, my hair's natural, it's healthy as a horse; a little heat can't hurt it right?
After an on-again, off-again love affair with my shiny brand new titanium flat irons, the time, energy and money I spent rehabbing my tresses was gone.
The heat damage I incurred was so severe that my natural, springy, bouncy curls lost all elasticity. If I tried to two strand twist my hair I looked like a relaxed haired woman perpetrating a natural haired woman's hair style. Simply fraudulent!
My hair was limp.
In a desperate attempt to revive my hair, I searched for every possible solution to repair heat damaged hair from Google to Youtube to Blogs.
Without fail, I came to the harrowing conclusion that the only way to "reverse" heat damage was to start over.
I tried to psych myself out and cut a little at a time until I finally mustered up the courage to just do it...
I took the clippers to it and cut it all off.
No looking back.
I was sad to see it go, but I was relieved and felt liberated at the same time.
I'm starting to fall in love with my hair again and this time I'm determined to treat it right!
Now don't let the avi pic fool you. This "BC" took place in early August.
I'm almost five months in and my new tried and true products are Terressentials Lavender Mud Wash and Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (my new creamy crack). ;)
I'm loving it! My curls are light, defined and moisturized! I'm feeling really good about this.
Stay tuned for more updates and pics!