Soooo, I said I was planning to grow until December and then get my haircut right? Um, yeah – that so didn’t happen! It’s relaxer update time! If you follow me on Instagram (@EbonyCPrincess) or Twitter then you were privy to sort of a play by play of my day. Let me start at the beginning…
I arrived home (to NJ) late Friday evening around midnight and had my hair appointment at 9 am Saturday morning. My stylist called to make sure I had made it in okay and was still coming, which of course I was! I took my staple relaxer Optimum Care Salon Collections No-Lye relaxer to the salon with me because I simply love the relaxer that much and did not want to use anything else. At the shop, my mom and stylist removed my cornrows and surprisingly for my hair to have been braided for 2 weeks, I had very little shedding, which was GREAT! My stylist (Ms. Debbie) based my scalp, protected my ends with the supplied protector and set to work. What I love about Ms. Debbie is that she knows me. Beyond being just a client in the chair. She’s known my family for years, does the hair of many of us including my mom’s and most importantly she KNOWS all about my hair journey. So she is absolutely meticulous about not doing anything that could possibly me to be displeased or worse yet, a setback. She checked to ask what my normal processing time was, if I used the supplied reconstructor in the kit (which I did this time, followed by a moisturizing conditioner) and made sure to completely rinse and neutralize the relaxer; no scabs for me! So I was able to fully relax and engage in the “beauty culture” Professor Jackson is so fearful we’ve lost.
After the relaxer I sat in the chair and told her I needed a trim. I love getting a trim without feeling anxious. I told you, I’m either going to be home in her chair or doing my own dusting. She took off about 1-1.5″ overall, just the tips. Look at the improvement in my hemline! It is not where I want it to be, but it looks 200% better than the last time I visited home.
Next, Ms. Debbie asked how I wanted my hair styled and I said a rollerset but with lots of volume in the front with light feathers towards the back. So she combed my hair down and said “So you want me to layer the front a bit then?” I looked at my reflection, thought about the thinness of my ends in the front of my hair and said “Yes!” My instructions were to do something that I could be versatile with – side swoop, middle part, side part, etc. The decision ended up being to cut a long bang and a slight angled cut. I think I would’ve preferred the layers to start at my cheek – but I absolutely love the results. I love the body and shape it gives the front of my face and I can’t wait to start playing with the front to create different looks!
Following the cut, she set my hair on turquoise rollers and nearly two hours later (oh she needs my hooded dryer and mesh rollers!!!) I was dry. To get the final look I wanted Ms. Debbie flat ironed (roots only!) the front to flatten it a bit. No length check this go round…I see progress from the photos she took and for that I am thankful, but I didn’t desire to wear my hair straight or see exactly where it falls. Next time ladies.
Of course, as planned, a few hours later the curls fell a bit and the style really took place. I’m in love! Seriously! My hair is so shiny and healthy! And as I continue to trim and improve my hemline the thickness of my hair returns to what I am used to. Everyone loved the cut including the quasi-boo who drove up to visit. I love length, but I am a witness – health over length ladies, seriously. My hair continues to get better and better as the health of my hair and ENDS improves.