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march hair 2010 photos (12)

My Mini Chop

So you may hear me talk about this "big chop" which is when you cut off all of the relaxed/straight part of your hair and rock your 100% natural curls. Since my last relaxer was only a few months ago, I don't have that much curly hair yet so I plan to allow for my hair to grow out more before I do my big chop. But yesterday morning, I did a mini chop in the back just to see how my curls looked!

So here's a texture shot of my curls after a long day at work once my hair had fully dried because God knows curls look different wet than they do dry. They held up pretty well!!! You can click on the picture to make it bigger.

I’m Like a Chemist! My First Stab at a Shea Butter Mix

A lot of natural curlies and transitioning curlies use shea butter as one of their staple products. I finally bought some (container to the left) and started to mix up my own conconction. Here are the ingredients I used: raw unrefined shea butter, curls milkshake, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil. I've got some work to do, but it wasn't bad.

So here is what was left over after using the mix to flat twist my hair. I scraped out some shea butter (way more solid than I anticipated), popped the shea in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften it up. Then I added a good amount of curls milkshake, some jojoba oil, and a couple drops of tea tree oil. I had just bought the tea tree oil and the smell was unfortunate so I probably will only use it for deep conditioners and such in the future! My shea mix definitely moisturized my natural roots in a way that no other product has done before.

Hair Growth

I am obsessed with the back of my hair and can't keep my hands out of it... well after seeing this picture, I now know why. Look at the growth back there... now if only the rest of my hair could catch up!

New Protective Style???

There are a lot of long term protective styles out there (weaves, braids, wigs, etc) but none of them are really a "right fit" for me. So I'm hoping front flat twists may do the trick for my transition. I know it's not really "long-term" but it's the best I can come up with for now.

And by doing the front flat twists, it keeps my hands out of the area of my hair where it seems hardest to grow. I kept these flat twists in for 5 days and even co-washed my hair once with them in.

Post Big Chop

It's been nearly two weeks and I think I'm finally figuring out how to style my hair and keep it moisturized... now if I could only learn to keep my hands out of my hair!!!

I wish my curls in the back were the curls throughout my head, they are such a softer texture and looser curl.

I can't tell if that front is actually shorter or if the curls make it seem shorter than my middle and back... I guess I'll learn as it grows.

What my hair looks like right after I put product in it. You can kind of see how "foamy" it looks but within 15 mins or so, it all evaporates or I pat out the extra product with a t-shirt.

The thinning/balding area that triggered my natural hair journey... it doesn't look this bad in person but the camera captures it almost too well. Thankfully it's at the top of my head and almost looks normal given the way my curls clump... but I know better. Here's to hoping it all grows back!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. kris permalink
    March 26, 2010 11:55 am

    Very nice pics especially the front view. You have beautiful hair, male pattern baldness runs in my family for the women on my moms side so my hair is also very different on the crown (thinning & coarse) but I’m hoping going natural will help. I wish you much luck. 🙂

    • March 26, 2010 8:58 pm

      @kris, thank you! It’s always nice to get someone else’s perspective, b/c the front part of my hair is my least favorite part (curl pattern wise) 🙂 The thinning (and breakage) in my crown really freaked me out during last year but I think by giving our hair much needed TLC, it will be all around healthy!

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