…And I Big-Chopped…

Hiya Belles,
How has it been since I dropped my last post? I do hope you have been dedicated to caring for your hair and also getting positive results using the little hints and guides I post?

As for me and my hair, we have been through a lot *smiles*. Yea, I finally succumbed to chopping off my hair and going natural…”yippee”!/ “yikes”! (whichever reaction you have). Well, after my last touch up in December, I had scabs all over my hair because the relaxer burned my scalp *sobs*.

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              Last touch up look
(Notice how the front looks? Well it was “fried” after i relaxed and the next day, it became worse).

After two months of transitioning (well that’s not much, considering I had just an inch of newgrowth) I made up my mind to big chop exactly a month ago today. So, I have officially “ported” to the naturalistas club and girl! It’s been one heck of a plunge.

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               Curly relaxed hair
I did this style while I was transitioning. Plaited my hair into 6 cornrows,loosened them after a day, picked out the curls and that’s all…

Why did I do the big chop? Well, when I made up my mind to transition, I wanted it to be for 6-8 months before I took off all the relaxed parts, because I need by then I would have a reasonable length but when I began to notice my new growth and how coily it was, impatience over took me and I couldn’t wait to see my hair filled with all ‘em pretty coils. So, on that sunny Saturday morning in March, I got a hold of my scissors and “snip, snip, snip…”, off went six inches (6”) of my hard-grown hair. After the hair came off, I felt so gooooood… *winks*

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                  A lil over 6″
(Don’t mind my metre rule ooo…couldn’t get a tape rule)

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and off came all her hair *sobs*

So, I am now rocking my Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA) and loving every minute of it. I’m getting to understand my hair and care for it the best possible way. Seeing those cute coils on my head makes me feel “fly”, yea, yea! Don’t jealous me oooo.
I know I might make some mistakes along the line, but it is all a process of learning and understanding my hair – “her” likes and dislikes. Nevertheless, this will not stop me from still giving tips and secrets to having and maintaining healthy hair whether relaxed or natural. So all my relaxed-hair sisters, I’m not leaving you out of this learning process. Enough talk for now, lemme show you some of the pictures I took while rocking “my coily head of hair”.

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                  …almost off

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             Love me some TWAs

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Geeky and funky…if I do say so myself     

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    Even my TWA shrinks… Life of a natural *sighs*

If you ever consider going natural, make sure you do it because you really want to and not because it looks good on someone else or that’s what is trending. What works for Jill certainly might not work for Jenny.

For me, the whole process isn’t just physical, but mental and psychological too, yes! You heard right. Along the line, I’ll definitely explain that.
If you ever have any questions or need advice on how to go about caring for your hair, I have a Whatsapp  group where we discuss hair matters as often as possible. If you are interested, just send me a message on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Meliams or an email at merclewee@yahoo.com and I will get back to you.

Remember to eat healthy, drink lots of water, exercise and avoid stress as much as possible because a healthy body will breed healthy hair. Also tell a friend to tell a friend to visit this blog.
Don’t forget to drop a comment.

Cheers,
MoNaR.

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Revisiting Posts…

Hello girlfriends,
It’s been more than a while plus a day. I trust you all have been well since my last post? I apologize for going AWOL (Away without Official Leave), it was due to some very pressing engagements I needed to attend to. So, I will be addressing some issues as regards my previous posts. I wrote about some things which I said I would be addressing in subsequent posts and I will be dedicating this particular post to addressing them. So, here it goes:

1. HAIR PERFECTIONIST.
At the beginning of my third article, I mentioned here that I am a perfectionist when it comes to my hair. The thing is I am an every-strand-of-hair-in-place kind of person i.e. when my hair is in a bun or chignon, no unruly/flyaway strands must be seen. I make sure that I style my hair “perfectly”.
The fact that I am weary of people getting their hands on my hair and doing less than perfect styles for me is one reason I’ve taken up the job of styling my hair myself and doing this to my satisfaction.

2. EGG YOLK OR EGG WHITE

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In my fifth article (read here), I mentioned  using either egg yolk or egg white for the protein treatment in Step 1. “The (raw) egg is really the best of both worlds” says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home.
The egg yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing so it should be used to moisturize dry, brittle hair. The egg white, on the other hand, contains bacteria-eating enzymes and removes unwanted oils so it should be used to treat oily hair.
In most cases, u can use the whole (yolk+white) egg for the treatment as it will be serving dual purposes i.e. moisturizing and removing unwanted oils from the hair.

3. SILK SCARF

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In the latter part of my seventh article (read here), I mentioned that I did a protective style on my hair after undergoing a deep conditioning process, and then covered my hair with a silk scarf.
Scarf or hair bonnets made with silk help protect your hair from losing moisture when you are in slumber land at night. Unlike cotton materials which soak up moisture, silk help retain the moisture. So, you can either get a silk pillow or pillow case to substitute for scarf if you like to sleep without covering your hair at night. The silk scarf also helps protect the edges of your hair from thinning out when you rub it against your bed or pillow. So, if you don’t already have one, make sure you get a silk scarf and use it religiously and you will find out you are helping your hair.

So, there you have it. I hope I have shed some (or a lot of) light on these points and I also hope it helps.
Lest I forget, Happy New Month to you all. I pray April brings you all glad tidings of good things.
Till my next post, make sure you eat healthy and drinks lots of water.
MoNaR.