So — whenever I get on a particular social networking site, I’m always seeing US [women] talk & compliment on our hair and proceed by asking for tips on how to make our hair longer, healthier, & amazingly gorgeous!
Currently, I’m 100% natural — no dyes, no texturizers, no chemicals! However, I wore my hair relaxed for a number of years before deciding to go natural; and most likely will not fall back into the creamy crack phase, BUT, I still commend you guys that are relaxed! Don’t get it twisted, relaxed & natural hair are both EQUALLY beautiful…
— My SHORT Story —
Before going natural, I was blessed to have been able to wear my hair in many different looks. Prior to attending JSU, my hair was my natural color & relaxed.
After a couple of months during my freshman year of college I got it dyed (honey blonde, lol) and it was at my shoulders.
After my “color” experience ended, I got a black rinse and about 1.5 inches cut! I could definitely tell that my hair was more healthier after the rinse (softer and had tons & tons of body; even in a cute PONY TAIL!)
Shortly after, it grew back to it’s normal length. Again I got bored, but this time, wanted a REAL CUT!
Loved it! And it grew back again….
So by Fall 2008, I was like… “hmm.. what next?” And decided to go natural. I grew out my perm for an entire year and cut the relaxed ends off.
Was left with……..
Currently, after a year and a few months of being natural………
Looks short huh? Well, my hair ends about an inch past my collar bone!
Sooooo…. Relaxed & Natural Chicas, Let’s talk about OUR hair and our own tips that we can share with each other for healthy, amazing hair! Even with the weaves!
- What have you found useful for hair growth?
- How do you keep a particular style up?
- Hair Color vs. Henna?
- Sew-In/Braiding tips?
- In-Store Creamy Crack suggestions?
- Pretty much ANY thing dealing with HAIR!
I’ll start first! ——- [for relaxed & naturals]
- GOT DRY HAIR? You’re probably using ALCOHOL — Try to avoid it as much as possible!
- Throw out the COTTON bonnets, scarfs, and pillow cases! — Switch to SILK to avoid breakage!
- I’ll admit, I’ve slacked on the hot oil treatments, but get them! — Helps keep hair/scalp moisturized throughout the month!
- After washing your hair, you go straight for that what??? Towel, eh? Ha! Me too, but — Blotting your hair dry with a paper towel results in less breakage & stronger hair.
- Massaging scalp gets the flowing of nutrients and oils, promoting hair growth!
- Something I learned that helped my hair maintain it’s softness and moisture, even when I was relaxed… After shampooing, I’d put in my choice of conditioner and throw a shower cap on for 30 min! Most women only leave the conditioner in for the recommended 5 minutes it says on the bottle and wash it out. (This is probably why I’m not consistent with the hot oil treatments because this is good enough for me)
- Clipping ends? I really can’t speak on that, because the last time I got my ends clipped was last March (2010) and my hair still grows like crazy. But I heard that getting ends clipped is a plus! Any experiences?
- Charli -
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