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•Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Relaxed vs. Natural
I've come to dislike my relaxed hair. I dont know anyone who has relaxed hair like my sister's & I's hair.
Pros about my relaxed hair:
It doesnt fizz
It doesnt require alot of moisture
It is easier to manage.
Cons about my relaxed hair:
It wont hold curls (ie. hot rollers, roller sets, curling irons,& etc.)
Its just lays flat no matter what I do with it!
It splits and damages really easily
According to my mother and by recollection of my hair at the ages of birth to 6 years of age I remember my mother getting frustrated with my sister and I's hair. lol. I distinctly remember my mother hot combing my hair while in my Grandma's kitchen and her burning me several times. lol. My mother just wanted a better way to deal with our hair.
This is a picture of my au natural hair. I whink I was 4 when this picture was taken.
I got my first relaxer when I was either 5 or 6. I think I was 5 cause I was still in Preschool. My mom got tired of trying to manage my sister and I's natural hair cause it was really soft and curly (similar to "Mixed girl" hair). So she decided that she would relax it. My mom got a lot of heat from my aunts, grandmothers, and other family members for relaxing our hair so young. But I couldn't blame my mother she had 2 daughters whom she had to do their hair EVERY morning and evening.
This is a picture of me when I was 5 years old. I was graduating from Preschool here. My mom hot combed it for this picture.
After I got my hair relaxed when I was 6 years old my mom would braid & moisturize my sister's and I's hair EVERY night before we went to bed. During the summer when we would go swimming...either it be a chlorine pool or pond in the pasture she would coat our hair in cholesterol so it wouldnt get damaged and she was also use a special shampoo that would take the chlorine out of our hair. Overall my mom did a great job with our hair.
I have NEVER worn weave or "weave braids" in my hair. My hair has always been fragile and sensitive to anything pulling on it. Even during the summer when I would braid my natural hair and keeping it braided for just a little over a week upon washing it I would have severe damage and breakage. So I try to stay away from braids or anything of the sort. During the summer of 2000 I decided to grow out my hair and see if I could "handle" it. I approximately had about 4 inches of new growth within 3 months and was unable to control it. So I relaxed it prior to returning to school that following August. Looking back at that incident of "growing it out" I wasnt too keen on taking care of my hair. I would never tie it up when I slept or wash and moisturize it.
So every since I was 6 years old I've had relaxed hair but now I am truly thinking and considering going natural. My cousins Shea & Clare rock their natural styles and fierceness and confidence. The only qualm I have about going natural is what my natural hair will look like. I can barely remember the texture of it when I was child and maybe the 17 years of timely relaxers has changed the texture of my hair altogether.
Circa August 2005
Circa November 2005
Circa October 2006
Circa October 2006
Circa March 2007
This picture was taken last year on my Birthday (Sept. 26)
Up until a year ago I would get a relaxer about every 6 to 8 weeks. Even at 8 weeks my sister would be like, "You don't need a relaxer" "Your hair is still straight". But I did find out that getting a relaxer timely it prevented my hair from becoming damaged. But within the last year about the 3rd week prior to receiving a relaxer I would have at least 0.5 inch of new growth. Right now I have a little under 1 inch of new growth and it will have been 4 weeks since my last touch-up.
So I have come to the decision to TRY and grow my hair out. And see if I can handle it. Oh. I will NOT be cutting my length while growing my hair out. It would be WAYYYY to traumatic for me. Lol. So for the next month and a half I will be rockin this curly/straight look until I can come up with a definite decision about my hair.
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