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Let’s Talk Hair

24 Jun

Happy Sunday people! Hope your day is going well, mine has been pretty laid back. I attended church, cooked dinner, and now I am just lounging.

Let’s talk about hair, specifically my hair.  For the last year, I have been on a natural hair journey.  I started transitioning May of 2011, did that for 5 months, and then did the big chop in October of 2011.  My relaxed hair was a little past shoulder length.  Prior to making the natural decision, I was in a hair rut, big time.  I was just bored with my hair, it wasn’t doing the things I wanted it to do and frequenting Miami hair stylists can be costly so as I learned more about having natural hair, the more intrigued I became.  In the beginning I wasn’t sure if I was going to stick with it because it wasn’t the easiest decision but as time went on I grew to embrace it and LOVE IT!

Top left: Relaxed hair. April 2011 Bottom right: Transitioning, June 2011

So I will give some facts about my natural hair:

1) My hair is very kinky and coily.

2) The top middle section has a little looser curl pattern.

3) My hair is 4 inches long stretched but 2 inches long in its natural state. (Shrinkage is real)

4) I do not only use all natural products but I have started to become more conscious of ingredients and what effect certain ingredients may have on natural hair.

5) I love color! My hair is colored in the top to the middle.  I have colored it 2 times, probably would have been more to maintain the color but I am hesitant of the chemicals.

6) I usually do styles with twists, two strand twist outs, flat twists, etc.

7) I don’t really use heat, I have only blow dried my hair once in the last year.  I am hesitant about heat damage but I don’t really do blow outs or straightening because I want to invest in a really good blow dryer and flat iron for the best results.

8) I use youtube and internet search engines for every question about styling, maintenance, or products that I have.  In the end, I use my own judgement but it is always good to have reference points.

9) When I first started transitioning I kept a journal of facts or tips I wanted to remember, products, and the maintenance such as when I washed, conditioned, or deep conditioned, treated, etc just so I could keep up with what I was doing and using.

10) I love my hair, although I get frustrated or bored at times, but I am very happy with my natural decision.

Day after the big chop

Day after the color was applied

So there you have it, and now that you and my hair have been formally introduced, get used to seeing and reading about it!

Present day hair

I want big hair *sigh* but I know it is a process and I have to be patient with it.  It will get there one day!

What are your views/thoughts/opinions of natural hair?

Thanks for reading and until next time,

Be you, be beautiful

I.free

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4 Responses to “Let’s Talk Hair”

  1. Ashley June 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Great post India!! Glad to see that you are getting used to the website and blogging. It’s always great when you can speak to others who can relate to you. I’m proud of that fact that you have fully embraced your natural hair and that you are sharing your experiences with your readers. Go girl 🙂

    • ifreenaturally June 25, 2012 at 2:53 am #

      Thanks Ashley! and thanks for all of your encouragement and help, appreciate tons!

  2. Cherrie June 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    You have gorgeous hair!! I wish I could get my natural hair to look like that, but its very unruly lol. So i hide behind weaves and braids. #BLMGirls.

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