5 Things I Learned About Hair Salons After Going Natural

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If you’re transitioning to natural hair, you may have noticed that trips to the salon don’t seem quite as fun as they used to.  In fact, you might think you’re going crazy and that your stylist no longer likes you.  Well let me be the first to let you know that you are in fact NOT going crazy. If you don’t live in a particularly urban and happenin’ city, hair salons that specialize in natural hair care are few and far between.  And the stylists employed there have a natural aversion to natural hair (pun intended). My latest encounters at…

Feeling the Shrinkage

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By the time December 2013 rolled around ( 7 months post relaxer), I was really feeling the shrinkage.  When I began this journey, my hair was just past shoulder length, to about the top quarter of my shoulder blades.  I didn’t measure with a tape measure so I can’t give you the exact length in inches, though you can get idea from the picture below (yes, I realize that I’m leaning forward, so add about 1/2 an inch to the back). After my blowout was essentially null and void, my hair seemed to be bobbing just below my chin. I knew…

My First Post-Relaxer Blowout

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I decided to get a blowout from a Dominican hair salon sometime in November 2013.  At that point, 6 months had past since my last relaxer and my hair was definitely getting to the point where there was a noticeable demarcation of natural and relaxed hair (I had been wearing braids for pretty much the entire 6-month period and felt it was time for my hair to come out and play). I’ve heard everywhere that the trick with transitioning versus doing the big chop (BC) is that transitioners have to choose which hair texture they’re going to match–curly or straight. …

Hairstyle 2: Crochet Braids – Pre-braided strands

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This is the other type of crochet braids that I like to put in: pre-braided strands.   This is the easiest way I’ve found to get the same look as micros/Senegalese.  Like the bulk hair version, you can get these wet at anytime.  The downside to pre-braided strands is that, if you hair grows quickly, it will last closer to the 4-week rather than the 6-week range.  There’s just no way to hide the new growth.Here are a couple of examples for comparison: 1) Actual Senegalese Braids  – never again (ain’t nobody got time for that!)   2)  Senegalese-style Crochet Braids:…

Hairstyle 1: Crochet Braids – Water Wave (and other bulk hair)

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Protect it. Love it. Protective styling generally refers to…you guessed it…protecting your natural hair. Since afro-textured hair is actually pretty fine (for the most part) and fragile, it needs a break every now and again. Protective styles protect your ends from the elements and from drying out. Crochet braids are my favorite go-to protective style.  They are easy to do and (most importantly for braids) easy to take out. And individuals with practically any length hair can wear them. Bonus: they take less than half the time to put in than traditional box braids, micros, or Senegalese! PLUS, you can…

Welcome to the Journey

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Welcome (again) to D’aller Naturel!  Literally translated, it means “Going Natural.”  That’s exactly what I’m doing–going natural. After receiving several burns to the scalp and developing permanent scars, I decided that it may be time to stop relaxing my hair.  For those of you who don’t know, relaxing (like perming) is a chemical process to get naturally curly/kinky hair straight. Trust me–this decision hurt.  Literally and figuratively. Relaxing has always been the easier option, the cheaper option, and the quickest option.  But it may not have been the right option (for my head).  So…my natural hair journey begins.   I…