While I put the finishing touches on my project, please enjoy some posts chronicling my natural hair journey.
original post first published February 16, 2012
When I last left you, I had decided forgo the big curls and opt for a sleek pixie cut. Yes, I went back to the relaxer. I can remember sitting in the stylists chair, looking at how bone straight my hair had become after applying the chemicals. It was surprising. I had gone from a voluminous, wide, halo like style to a Morticia Addams, sleek and swirling around my shoulders style. The temptation to keep my hair long and flowing was great, I’ll admit. I knew, however, that long hair on me ends up in a ponytail after about five minutes. Coupled with the fact that M and C nearly had an aneurysm every time I would get my hair done by the Dominicans, I felt like I was being kind of hypocritical if I came home with my hair swinging. When the stylist asked me what we going to do with my hair, I said, “Cut it.” So I lost many inches, but came out with a super cute cut.
10 months later, I decided to go back to my natural curly ‘do. I had gotten spoiled by being natural. It had been years since I’d gone to the salon and now I was running over there more often than I care to admit. The time, maintenance, and upkeep involved was not fun. I missed the ease that natural hair afforded me. My hair had become a chore. I was due for a touch up and skipped it. Another few weeks went by and my new growth was reaching the stage where I either had to press it out, relax it out or cut off the straight pieces. I calling my stylist on the fly and saying, “Can I just come in and have you cut the relaxer out?” I went over there, bumped the customer in the chair (sorry, Mom. Didn’t know that was your appointment) and literally five minutes later, I was relaxer free. I felt like myself again.
That was November of 2010 and I’m still trying to figure out my hair.
|My arsenal of products|
I washed with Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo. It’s very slippery in your hands, but feels tacky once it’s on your hair. It claims to remove all product build-up and leave your hair manageable, but my hair felt really dried out, even while wet (if that makes sense). I suppose that was a testament to how truly clean my hair was. After the shampoo, I used Komaza’s Califia Leave-In Conditioner and combed it through with my Tangle Teezer. I wrapped a tee-shirt around my head, got out of the shower, and got dressed. Once I was dressed, I unwound the tee-shirt and my hair was very damp. I sectioned it off and then used Komaza’s Califia Moisturizing Cream and finger styled the rest.
|Squeaky clean. Hair was still pretty wet. Just put in the product.|
By the end of the day, I was still pretty pleased with my hair, though there was some curl shrinkage. I really want a product that is going to be heavy enough to let my curls hang down, but not something that is going to dry them out and cause frizz.