Wednesday, December 26

Update Time

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the time spent with family!! J

So, I wanted to give you all a brief update on me and my hair!

  • First off, I am 60 weeks post relaxer!! J

 I have been getting the urge to BC on New Year’s day, but I am hoping that will pass! Just in case, I’m going to hide my shears lol.

  • I’m still in Twists!

Sunday, December 16

13 Months Post Relaxer- Minor Breakage

Hey Everyone!! Hope you had a great weekend!
I just wanted to give you a brief update on my transition. Do you see those thin relaxed ends? Well that's where the breakage lies. About five of my twists look like that in the front/center of my hair. It's not too much to worry me, but enough for me to start monitoring my hair more. I did a henna treatment this weekend which immediately strengthened my hair, so now I'll just focus on keeping it moisturized. My hair will be in twists for the next 2-3 weeks, so I won't be manipulating it too much. For the most part, my hair is doing really well.. So that little section of breakage isn't discouraging me at all!
Let the transition continue!

Wednesday, December 12

The Do's and Don'ts of Relaxing Your Hair

I was on a relaxed hair journey for about 2.5 years before I decided to transition back to natural. 
Throughout those years, I made some mistakes, but was also able to grow my hair from neck length to below my shoulder blades. 
I have learned so much in those 2.5 year and I would like to share that with you. 

Keep reading if you would like to know MY do's and don'ts of relaxing hair. 

DO make sure your hair is thoroughly detangled before relaxing your hair- If not you will end up with knots and a lot of hair loss on relaxer day

DO base your scalp

DO protect your ends with an oil or conditioner

DON'T self- relax if you have not fully educated yourself or feel uncomfortable doing so. Go to a trusted stylist

DON'T relax your hair if it is breaking, shedding excessively or if you have scalp issues

DO make sure your hair is properly neutralized after rinsing off the relaxer

DO a mild-hard protein treatment at least two weeks before relaxer day

DON'T apply the relaxer to previously relaxed hair 

Thursday, December 6

My Long Term Transition Inspirations

I frequently watch former long term transitioners videos for inspiration. 
All of these ladies had different methods while transitioning, but the end result was beautiful natural hair. 
Hope these videos inspire some of my fellow transitioners out there! 

FusionofCultures- She is my ultimate favorite Youtuber! I believe I posted this video before,
but she transitioned for 24 months and did a great job doing so. 

xmaneeventx- She transitioned for 22 months and was left with SO much hair when she BCed. 

Sunday, December 2

Transitioning to Natural: Hair Plans

As most of you know, I am 1 Year post relaxer, well 54 weeks post to be exact. 

I'm still in the Preservation stage of my transition where my hair will remain in protective and low maintenance styles. 

This will go on for the next 6 months then in the last 6 months of my transition, I will wear my hair out to just enjoy it and experiment with more "natural" hair-styles. 

As I have said before, I plan my hair styles about 4-6 months in advance. It sometimes changes here and there, but for the most part I stick to the schedule(I'm a huge "list" person)

In case anyone is interested, here are my plans:

2 weeks 11.26-12.7- Chunky Twists
2 weeks 12.9-12.22- Flat twists and two strand twist style  This never happened!
1 week 12.22.12-31- Braid n curl (or twist n curl)- It's the Holiday week, so my hair is going to be out. 
3 weeks 1.1-1.18- medium sized twists
1 week 1.18-1.25- chunky twists or wear my hair out
2 weeks 1.25-2.8- Trying a flat twists up-do
1 week 2.8-2.16- I plan to wear my hair out since its my Birthday week 
6 weeks 2.16-3.29- Single braids with extensions 

I of course will blog each style I do. 

As for my hair now: 

I had my hair in a set of chunky twists last week, but they looked a hot mess and lowered my self-esteem by the second. So you know I had to take them bad boys out. 

Because I didn't want to spend too much time on my hair, I did another set of chunky twists. 

This time, I brushed my hair back and up as if I were doing a "puff", tied a scarf to hold that down, then twisted the center. 

I have about 15 twists in my hair right now. During the week, I will just switch up the hair scarf and pin the twists back. 

excuse the crappy photo quality.