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Ok, so I clearly don't update this thing very often! Well a lot has changed since my last post. Since then, I have had all my relaxed ends cut off. So my hair is completely natural! It's crazy to see my true curl pattern after all this time! I am very proud of the progress that my hair has made over the last 3 years. And honestly, I feel like it gets better with time. So for anyone who is transitioning, don't worry, be patient and stay positive! It will pay off in the long run.
On another note, my hair is superduper long right now! It reaches to my lower back when curly and it almost touches my belt when stretched! I need to take a picture so you can see. Well it's so long that I'm seriously thinking about having it all cut off! I've been thinking about it for the last week and I've been daydreaming of cutting it in a bob... maybe chin length or something. But I still remember the horrible flashbacks of my last disaster haircut! I don't know if I want to put myself in that situtation again! Maybe I might just get an inch or 2 taken off for now... I don't know... decisions, decisions... I'll keep you posted!
Ok folks so I've been away for quite sometime. I have been extremely busy since taking a new job right after my last entry. Between school and work, sigh.... Yea, I know, it's that busy... So it's left me little time to do hobbies or have "me" time.
My hair has grown tons since my last post. My hair reaches to my lower back now! It's insane, I can't believe it's already this long. Now if my hair was straight, everyone would see it reach that long. But since I have lots of shrinkage, it sits at armpit length. I haven't measured the length of my hair yet... Maybe I'll have my husbad help me when he comes home from work, then I'll update here. Keep in mind, I have not had my hair cut since the tragedy. It's been over a year and a half now. The only thing I've had done is when my mom trimmed it back in Nov 07. I know I should proably have it cut or trimmed more often. So I'm planning on straightening my hair before the next salon cut. The people here have no idea how to manage curls so I won't take any other chances with getting a curly cut. I'd like to get some layers this time so my curls sit a little better. We'll see how it goes. Not sure when all this would happen since I'm a bit skeptical about the whole salon thing...
On another note, I'm thinking about changing up my routine again. I was shampooing a few times a week using various types of hair products too. But now I'm going to cut shampoo completely for a while. As far as hair products, I won't use anything with petrolatum, mineral oil, or silicones that aren't water soluble. The point of that is, those ingredients can build up on the hair over time and requires shampoo to get out. The thing about shampoo is that most contain ingredients called sulfates that are extremely drying to the hair. And dry hair means dry lifeless frazzled curls that don't really curl that much. But if you use gentle products and drench it in moisture, the curls will come to life! I was going by these principles when I started the journey and you can see the difference it made. I stopped because I had trouble getting certain products. Also, I wanted to experiment wth other products that were against the "program" but it was in an attempt to learn my hair, what it likes an what it doesn't like. So now I have a pretty good idea. And I know that some of the best products have been right under my nose the whole time! Sometimes you have to just be happy with what works, rather than continuously trying to find something new and different and better.... because that's expensive! This is a concept that I'm trying to fully grasp. I recently orderd Kinky Curly stuff and Mixed Chicks. I'll let you know how that goes!
So I haven't written anything in quite awhile. My job has taken over my life! Anyway, I'm still doing my curly thing. Lately, I've been using LA Looks Sport Gel (blue/purple gel), or L'Oreal Out of Bed. For conditioner, Tigi Oatmeal and Honey or Back 2 Basics Pomegranate. Right now, since I'm on vacation, I'm wearing my hair down and out more than usual. It seems to be going well so far. I'll check back in soon.
Yeah, I've been debating on whether to cut or not. Well originally I thought about cutting off all my relaxed ends. After I asked my husband what he thought, he wasn't thrilled. So I ended up going for a cut, took off like an inch or so and added some layers at the bottom. I really needed a real haircut. My last haircut was a tragedy. So it started growing out all wonky and uneven. Now its even and seems to be happier.
I got my hair cut at a babershop. The barber reassured me that he was a "real barber" that could cut long curly hair, not just short hair! He is also a curly head, 3b/c curls-very nice. So I thought, ok, I'll trust him. Turned out pretty good. He spent over an hour and a half on my hair; and even took out the special scissors for me! I'm glad, I got my haircut. I should have done this sooner. Now I feel better about growing it out.
UPDATE: (the next morning)
Now when I wrote the original post my hair was wet and not styled yet...
So I spoke too soon about my haircut... Turns out that it looked WAY DIFFERENT after I styled it and it dried. So different that is was horrible. It seemed to be crooked in more than one area. And no matter how much I tried, I couldn't hide it or make the best of it. So I woke up early this morning and went back to so he could fix it. And when he saw me, he knew exactly why I came back. Isn't that messed up? Like, if he knew it was messed up yesterday, he shouldn't have let me leave like that. Anyway, I gave him the chance to fix it. He tried but I could tell after he was finished, I was going to go straight to another salon to have it fixed. I didn't get rude with him or anything, but I just accepted what he did and went to my military base. I just wanted to cry because he took off even more length and it wasn't even. I seriously wanted to just pull off to the side of the road and start crying. But I then thought, I just need to straighten my hair and have someone else go over it and just make it even all the way across. So I told the lady at the salon what had happened and she said that if her next appt wasn't here, she would fit me in. So I asked if I could use their blow dryer and flat iron so I could straighten my hair. She gave them to me and had me sit in the back so I could do it. I straightened it and It was so f***ed up. It was like 3 different lengths. (Straightening it was a last resort because I was trying to go a year without straightening I fell short by 2 months) The lady came back and looked at it with a strange look on her face and was asking what kind of haircut was that and what did he use to cut with! And agreed that it was really messed up. So she trimmed it and made it even all the way across (even thought he next appt did show up). So finally after all that... My hair is short again, right at my shoulders if its straight; and above my shoulders when its curly. I am so sad! I still want to cry because I was so excited about my hair growing and now, I am back at square one. The only positive way I can look at this is that i got rid of some of my relaxed ends. But still...
I am done. I am done with people who say they can cut my hair. I hope to get my next cut at Devachan. Yes, that means I will have to fly in to New York just for a haircut. I'll either have to fly in from Germany or North Carolina- depends on where I'll be living at that time.
*sorry for my long vent/post.
I really want to cut my hair. I really don't want to cut my hair. I'm so confused... I want to cut my relaxed hair off because I can tell that I have 2 different curl patterns from root to tip- and it's getting on my nerves. But I don't want to cut my hair because I want it to grow long again. I think its about 3 inches from bra strap length when stretched out. I would be so happy if my curls came to that length without being stretched. *sigh... I want to cut it but I don't want to cut it. I'm such a confused soul. I remember the last time I cut it, I was sad for months... I should probably wait it out a little longer.
Ok, so I usually co wash and condition daily, since I workout everyday. Once or twice a week I shampoo (Tigi Oatmeal and Honey Shampoo). I detangle while in the shower when my hair is full of conditioner. First I use my fingers, then a shower comb. I apply products to very wet hair. (Leave-in and 1 or 2 stylers) Ok, so I've finally discovered a technique that works for me. First, No raking, this guarantees stringy curls. So, I section, smooth, and scrunch. Just that simple. I section from ear to ear (then another section from temple to temple then everything else). I smooth each section with product, then move to next section and do the same. Then after that, I scrunch with my wet hands, then with MF towel. voila! All this gives me good coverage, nice clumping, bouncy curls. Last I airdry... Or if I absolutely have to, I diffuse till about 80% dry.
I try to do DT's weekly. If I do a protein treatment (curl junkie has a good one), then I always follow with a moisturizing one. Most times, I just do a moisturizing treatment overnight without heat. Whenever I use heat, it's only for 10 minutes; then I don't rinse for at least another hour.
Okay so I have enjoyed the results that I've gotten with the Curly Girl routine but finding the right products is difficult around here. And ordering online is getting expensive. So I think I'm going to try a modified routine for a while and see how that goes. So I'll use some -cones every now and then and shampoo as needed. Maybe once or twice weekly. Another thing - I am going to reduce the frequencey of diffusing. I know its probably bad to use heat everyday. To date, I've only diffused twice so far this year! hooray for me! And I'm going to try and use up all my products before getting more. Maybe I can minimize my colletion by the end of spring.
Ok so its 3 December and my hair has grown a little bit! :)
Last measurement: Aug 4, 06 its 16 inches unstretched/ 18 inches stretched.
Current measurement: Its 17 inches unstretched/ 20 inches stretched.
So I guess that means its growing at 1/2 inch per month.
Ok so I've been hating the way my hair is shaped, or its lack of shape. So I started looking around for threads on cutting your own hair on naturallycurly.com. I wanted cute layers but I wanted to keep the length. I found some really good tips so I decided to give it a try. I did an ear to ear part and put the top half into a tight ponytail, making sure I had all strands taut. I brushed my ponytail and pulled it straight up above my head so I could get an idea of where i would cut. I slid the ponytail holder up the length of my hair away from my scalp. Then I flipped over and while looking the the mirror (holding hair taut, I cut straight across. I took off like maybe an inch. Now I haven't styled it yet but I think it looks pretty good. Seems like I have cute layers now. I'll post pics soon.
It took me 22 years to discover that my naturally curly hair is beautiful. Naturallycurly.com has been such a tremendous help, I'll stick with that site till the wheels fall off! I have realxed my hair for 10 years before switching to the Curly Girl routine. My last relaxer was in February 2006. I wanted to document my transition from relaxers and my progress with the Curly Girl routine. I am a product junkie so I also wanted to document my results from the never ending quest of finding holy grail products.
Ok so I've been taking a hair growth supplement called GNC Ultra Nourishair. I started taking it in August but I stopped for a little while in September. Started back up regularly in October. I feel like my hair is taking forever but at the same time, I understand it won't grow 8 inches overnight!!
sigh... my patience is wearing thin...
As of Aug 4, 06 its 16 inches unstretched/ 18 inches stretched.