“January 16, 2010, I made the big decision of going natural. After receiving relaxers since the age of 6, I got really inspired by women I knew who went natural. They seemed so confident, poised, and comfortable with themselves. I was married at the time and hair stylist visits were not cheap – $75 for a relaxer??? When I see the same thing in Walgreens for $7 a box? Oh no way. The chemicals in the relaxer stripped my hair dry and I could never get my hair past my shoulders. Well, natural at the time, made sense. So I did the big chop on January 16, 2010.
My hair grew so fast, it was almost scary. I was able to do a wide range of styles that were low-maintenance and quick: blow-outs, two-strand twists, and cute fros. People started to really embrace my new look and frankly, I did too. People paid attention to my face and my intelligence. Well in October 2010, I decided to change up my look a bit, I thought about trying the press and curl.
Why did I do that?
This girl, who was a younger stylist that I had already knew, stated that she knew what she was doing and “Yes” she does natural hair! So of course, I was super ecstatic about the opportunity to sass up my natural do and show others the versatility of natural hair. Well of course, she pressed it and it was beautiful, my hair was longer than I expected and everyone loved it! I decided to go back a 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th time for the same press and curl….
The styles were beautiful and I felt great!
One year natural, I was so excited about my growth, but my curl pattern had changed. My ends were straight as a stick and my hair started to shed drastically. I started to cover up the straight ends by doing two-strand twists and adding rollers to the end and even, wigs. My hair continued to come out in strands.
During the 3rd visit for the press and curl, I noticed that my hair stylist would blow dry my hair put a tiny bit of grease something in my hair and then preceded to press my hair and then curl it. “That’s a lot of heat”, I thought to myself. No heat protectant.
January 25, 2011, I saw my hair coming out in sections up to the “new growth”. I had sections of my hair gone!
On February 1, 2011, I made the gut-wrenching decision to chop it all off again. I was so heart-broken, but I knew that my hair was beyond damage and repair. But I know now, what I can and cannot do to keep my hair from damage. I have made the pledge to not put heat on it at all, and if I do, to use a good heat protectant along with my hair care regimen.
Natural ladies, keep your hair good and moisturized….wanna use heat? Use a good heat protectant to keep your curl pattern. I’ve learned and you’ve been warned.”