All posts tagged: naturally curly

New Growth All Angles

How I Take Down Crochet Braids

Hello Naturels! It’s been 3 weeks since I installed my very first DIY crochet braids on April 20.  Let me tell ya–it wasn’t perfect. I’m actually pretty surprised it lasted more than 2 weeks as my attempt to cornrow my hair  was certainly…amateur lol.  Since the quality of the cornrows definitely determines how long the style will last, I wasn’t expecting great results.  However, since I normally only wear crochet braids for about a month, this attempt was a solid showing! From the image below, I probably could’ve squeezed another week out of the style if I so desired, since the great thing about curly bulk hair is its ability to cover up new growth: But this is what was really going on underneath lol. I would love to think that all  of that was new growth, but in truth, it’s probably a combination of new growth and slippage.  Anywho, on to the take down process (because this has got to go)! Step 1: Follow each cornrow back and cut the bulk hair close to your head, …

#SalonFail

5 Things I Learned About Hair Salons After Going Natural

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 hair salons have taught me a couple of things and have given me ample reason to learn how to do my hair myself:  1.  You and your natural hair are an affront to their institution When I moved to the current city in which I live, the first thing on my to-do list was to find a decent salon that could do my hair (okay–maybe not the first thing, but it was pretty high up on the …

Feeling the Shrinkage

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 it was coming.  I’d read it, heard it, been warned, and yet…I just couldn’t get over how short it looked! Stretched out, it still went past my shoulders but it was not cute in it’s current state (sorry, I forgot to take a picture…probably too bewildered to remember). Anywho, wearing it down doesn’t seem to be much of an option, so I tried coming up with a style that not only hid the fact that …

Welcome to the Journey

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 have relatively long hair as it is. Since the notion that I would have to chop of my locks utterly terrified me (I did it once and hated it), I decided that I was going to figure out hairstyles that would allow me to transition in REALLY SMALL increments.   I should say that the last time I was natural, I was pretty young and my mother did my hair.  Rediscovering how to care for …