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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Eight Things I've learnt Since Ive started my hair Transition journey

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I've had my hair relaxed or chemically processed basically my whole life, the very first time my mom brought me to get my hair processed I was so young I had to sit on cushions so the hairdresser could reach me. For years I continued to process my hair, not really thinking about it just going along with it because thats all I knew.  Last September I made the decision to go back to my natural texture, I had been thinking about it for about three months, I have been doing it so far with the help of sew ins since I have decided I'm not doing the big chop and Im letting it grow out instead. Here are a couple of things I've learnt along the way:
1- If you ever decide to go back to your natural texture, you will know when don't try to convince yourself because everyone is doing it.

2 - No amount of Youtube videos you've watched or online blog forums will be able to prepare you for this journey 100%.

3 - Im seven months post relaxer right now and dealing with my transitioning hair has proven to be difficult. Something as simple as washing my hair has become a tedious all day task, my natural hair isn't the problem its my processed ends that keep matting and tangling. The two textures do not get along.

4 - I have asked myself so many times why don't I just get a perm and stop fooling myself. What if I don't like my natural hair what if it doesn't look like the girls on Tumblr of Pinterest or youtube? More days than not I feel like - I am my hair.

5 - I have fallen in love with my roots even though I'm just 7 months, I can see it a bit and Im excited to see what it will look like in a year.

Me after washing & Flat ironing my hair 7 months post (excuse the no makeup face)

6 - Every suggestion that you have read on line on how to deal with the transition will probably not work, I was told not to use heat at all and let the hair dry on its own. Let me tell you the biggest mistake I made was letting my hair dry on its own, COMPLETE TANGLED MESS!! I had to re-wet my hair blow dry it then flat iron or I would have had to get the scissors.

7- The only way I can transition is with the help of weaves and braids, its the only way I can stick to a low manipulation regime and deal with my difficult hair once every six weeks.

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8 - It's difficult to get advise because I have realized everybody's journey and everybody's hair is different. The best thing you can do is trial and error because no matter how much a fool proof technique has worked for some one else it might not work for you

I hope this helped somebody, or if anybody out there can relate to anything on my list please let me know. By the way Im always open to new advise :)
xoxo Lauren O Lauren

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