Straightened my natural hair for a trim

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Since I was in need of getting my hair trimmed, I straightened it and thought I’d do a post. I am still pursuing an all natural, with minimal to no heat, way of caring for and styling my hair, though I am long overdue for a professional trim (last trim was in August 2010) and wanted to do a length check. It’s been well over a month since I have had my hair straightened, which is really good for me. After this I am right back on my no heat challenge.

I washed, conditioned and towel dried my hair with a microfiber towel, pulled it back into a ponytail and let it air dry. The next day I sectioned my hair off and began flat ironing it, using the least amount of heat as possible. I used the comb passing method so that I would only have to do one flat iron pass for each section.

After finishing my whole head, I went to Great Cuts for the trim. With having my hair straight and talking with the stylist that did my trim, I realized the amount of damage that I have; heat damage, some breakage throughout from lightening it and quite raggedy ends. He advised that I come back for a trim every 3-4 weeks and continue with protein treatments every six weeks to ensure the healing and growth of my locks. Below are pics of my hair straight at the various stages.

Pictures of length check:

Pony tail length check Straightened my natural hair for a trim

Hair down length check Straightened my natural hair for a trim

 Before and after trim:

Before ends trimmed Straightened my natural hair for a trim

After ends trimmed Straightened my natural hair for a trim

Style after trim and rolling on 3 flexi rods:

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DSC00016 Straightened my natural hair for a trim

Stimulating Statement: 4/14/2011

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“Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality. ” Eleanor Roosevelt

Useful information

Here’s an informative article on CNN Health about weaves, braids and hair loss: Weaves, braids may speed hair loss in black women

April showers style

Hi! With the April showers that have begun, I’ve had to experiment and be creative with natural hair styles that will hold up during rainy weather. Thought I’d share a picture of a style that I came up with to protect my hair from the rain. I put in a lot of work the night before washing, detangle, conditioning , doing a twist & curl and didn’t want it to turn into a frizzy afro because of the weather. I found a cute crotched knit cap to wear. I left all of the  twists in (except for one in the front) put the cap on covering all of my hair with the one twist in the front out. I separated it for a little curly bang style. After a little separating and adjusting this turned into a  kinda cute look. icon smile April showers style
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Twist & Curl with a cap

Hair do’s since my last relaxer

Since transitioning from a relaxer to my natural hair texture I have worn my hair in quite a few different styles. I’ve worn everything from double strand synthetic twists, flat ironing, had it lightened for a while, cut in a bob after some damage when it was lightened, pony-tails, buns just to name a few styles. Over these last 5 1/2 years I’d been notorious for wearing it straight. And, my idea of protecting it and letting it “rest” is to get it put up into 2 stranded twists with synthetic hair. Reminiscing about these past hair styles, gives me the encouragement to embrace my natural texture, experiment with healthier hair style alternatives and continue to learn to be a bit kinder and gentler to my locks. Here are some pics I thought I’d share of some of the hair styles I’ve worn between Oct 2005 – Dec 2010.

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2005 Transitioning

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Summer 2006 still transitioning

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A synthetic twist time

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My blond days 2007-2008

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Cut into bob after damage from coloring May 2008

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Flat iron Jan. 2010

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 Dec. 2010 Twist & Curl

Shea Moisture…

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On many of the hair care blogs and forums, that I regularly visit, I’d been reading a lot of positive things about the Shea Moisture products. This week I read about the Shea Moisture products being on sale at Walgreens. To fulfill my curiosity and pj urge icon smile Shea Moisture... I stopped at Walgreens to catch the sale; 2 Shea Moisture products for $9.99. I got the Brilliant curl shampoo and Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque.  I actually needed to wash my hair last night and I was a little anxious and excited to try it. The shampoo was very gentle and moisturizing. I applied the mask, it was very thick and moisturizing, I left it in for about 45 min. As I rinsed the mask out, my hair felt like silk. Can’t wait to try a twist out with it icon smile Shea Moisture... The sale ends on Sat. I plan to go back tomorrow and buy two more of the Deep Treatment Masque’s to have on hand, I can see where this will be a staple for me for the summer.

Stimulating Statement: 3/29/2011

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Nurture & Heal natural hair challenge

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I decided to challenge myself to be gentler with my hair. I need to learn to be more patient with my natural hair texture, learn more protective styling options and just how to treat my locks well overall. My goal is to achieve healthy hair that sheds as little as possible and to see how much length I can achieve.  Though I have been “natural” for about 6 years now, free from relaxers, I have not truly been natural, (minimal to no heat, no extensions, weaves, etc.) I’ve done my hair in. Since 2006 I’ve gone through phases of lightening it, constantly straightening it, excessive manipulation and heat. As a result, even with “natural hair”, I’ve experienced breakage, excessive shedding and having to get quite a bit cut off (and this was not a “big chop”) and most recently I’ve experienced quite a bit of heat damage. I realized that I want the healthiest hair as possible. Because of this I’ve decided to challenge myself to a Nurture & Heal challenge for the rest of 2011. On this challenge I will practice low to no manipulation, moisturization, minimal to no heat, explore more natural products, experiment with natural hair styles, being gentle and patient with myself and my hair to learn how to better care for my natural hair texture….Wish me luck! icon smile Nurture & Heal natural hair challenge