Hey ladies!!! I have so much to share, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s see….last I blogged, I was preparing for my trip to Jamaica, right? Well, it was amazing. I had so much fun with my guy. To my Jamaican readers, you have an amazingly beautiful country. My guy and I plan to visit again and often! I wore my hair in a curly weave by the Ten Minute Hollywood Sew-In; longtime readers know I’m a big fan of this company. I’ve reviewed their wavy texture in the past and I love the convenience of their unique units that allow them to be installed quickly and easily while still allowing you full access to your hair and scalp beneath. This kinky, curly texture was perfect for vacation! All I had to do was co-wash the salt water out, finger detangle then scrunch and go! My boo loved the hair too.
After I removed the sew-in at the end of August, I wore my hair beneath a wig for a couple of weeks. During this time, I dyed my hair jet black (more to come on that). Then at 24 months post relaxer (two years) I washed and conditioned my hair, braided it in about 10 chunky braids and chopped off the relaxed ends. It wasn’t a big, long production. I wasn’t worried about chopping exactly at the precise line of demarcation. I wasn’t concerned about maintaining as much length as humanly possible. I was just ready to make my wash days and styling sessions easier by having one consistent texture from root to tip!!! I only had 2-3 inches of relaxed hair left anyway.
After chopping, I began to style my hair in flat twist styles during the week and then wearing a twist out on weekends. So far this is really working best for me, especially since the weather is very rainy where I live. Although I would like to straighten my hair so I can even up my hair and check the state of my ends.
Like most naturalistas, my go-to style has become the twist out. I find that I get much better results when I do flat twists on slightly damp, stretched hair versus dry hair or loose two strand twists. Luckily, I’m one of the lucky ones that hasn’t felt lost when it comes to styling my newly natural hair. Probably because I transitioned for so long and I was already pretty great at styling hair – relaxed and natural. So, if you will allow me to toot my own horn, I have to say….my twist outs are friggin amazing!!!
Now that I am fully relaxer-free, I want to concentrate on hair health, growth and length retention again! Stretched, my longest layers reach about arm-pit length. My goal is to be bra-strap length by this time next year.
So there’s my hair update in a nutshell! I’ll be recording some videos soon so you can see my hair better and how I style it. I’ll share in another post my feelings on my now relaxer-free hair, but in the meantime..,