Natural Hair care can be tricky by it is fun!
I recently went natural. Next month is my one year anniversary since my big chop. I mean I let it all hang out the day before Thanksgiving last year. Since then I have been self conscious, beating back desires to buy some creamy crack and praying that my hair grows fast. I still have a drawer full of drawstring ponytails that I cling to… but nevertheless.. I’ve held on for a year (well in November)…
Here are some pics:
September 2011Sept 2011- Picked outAugust 2011
How do I do it? Man I have no idea… but I do have a method that I used when I had a relaxer.. I find a hairstyle goal. I click a picture or download one off the internet of a hairstyle that I want and I place it somewhere visible so I can keep my goal in mind… perhaps I should do that with other things too.. let’s keep talking about the hair…
So I found a decent picture of Terry McMillian and she had a natural that was a SMART goal for me.. it was Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and TIMED… so I clipped the pic and now I have surpassed her length.. Needless to say, I need a new goal.. so I’ve been studying the lady on the new Charlie’s Angels show Annie Ilonzeh, and I really dig her curly ringlets..!!!
SO I’ve found a new goal.. I predict that I’ll reach her diameter by maybe March or April.. I love it!!! She’s got a really thick curly thing going on.. Maybe I’ll loose some weight too… well who knows… I just like her style.. so I’ll upload some pics of my new goal.. and some of my own..
This is my new goal for my HAIR!
I recently went natural.. Like no more relaxer in my hair. I was losing a lot of my hair in the top of my head due to thinning so I decided in July that this is it for me. I’ll just have to take a chance and hope that this thing looks right on me.
Well I am in no wise a sister souljah afro wearing queen but I do enjoy the freedom that not having a relaxer has provided. I don’t have to work with a curling iron or a blow dryer. I just let it dry naturally and add some Cantu Shea Butter on it for some moisture and a lil oil for sheen and I go. It curls up by itself so no worries.
I straightened my hair last weekend to see if I liked it straight. It felt like it did when i was 15. My thinning areas have grown back and I believe that my hair is healthy and strong again.
I do have to use some color because I have gray patches. So I use clairol textures and tones (blackest black) for color. I also keep hair gel because I love drawstring pony tails. I am currently rocking a drawstring that is almost the same texture as my hair. I have recently discovered headbands. I love headbands for a little extra something..
I can’t wait until the summer time to see how much progress my hair has made. I’ll straighten it out then.. I swam before but I’ll really be in the pool this summer because I won’t have to worry about the wash, wrap, curl side of maintaining my hair. This is what I mean by freedom… I can really wash and go..
If believe that if I would have went natural a long time ago (2005 when I burned all of my hair out in India) that I would not have been on the balding path. Oh well.. I am glad I decided to do the big chop!
I’ll post pictures later.. before and after shots of the TWA… (tweeny winy afro)