Just thought I would share what my hair looked like before I joined #TeamNatural.
It was a sad state of affairs I tell you….
Then for a while soft dread/hard dread extensions became my signature hair style. I was always in these during my transition period! However I don’t do them anymore because they cause my ends to get damaged and split since the full length of the hair is not braided completely into the extension.
Then I did “the big chop” in 2010! I had stopped relaxing my hair 6 or so months previous to the chop so I had quite a bit of growth already as you can see. I lived in head bands and even at it’s short length did twist outs. I braided it often while it was short though, however once it got to a better length I braided much less.
To help keep myself interested I dyed it 3/4 times in the first year…yes not good! It still grew though slowly. I started with red plum, then did a a chestnut brown then went back to the plum. When I discovered Henna I put away the Dark and Lovely dye. However henna is not as quick to effect the colour of dark hair so I found a natural hair lightening method that I want to try soon. I love my hair when it has colour!
And that’s me pre cotton top! Those pictures above are exactly why I keep telling people I will NEVER relax my hair again. It just looked sad and was incredibly damaged and thin. I could probably do a better job of caring for it now (especially with the help of blogs like Africanhairblog and GAHL) but I love my fro too much to go back. My hair is now thick, interesting and it has character. I don’t depend on braids/weaves anymore to look good, my fro can make me look fabulous on it’s own.
Now why would I wanna put any relaxer on that kink!? I love my hair 🙂