All posts tagged: straight hair

Do You Know Your Hair Porosity?

In order to figure out how products will react in your hair, you need to know these four things about your hair: 1. Its type (curl pattern); 2. Its density (how tightly packed strands are on your scalp); 3. Its width (fine or thick/coarse stands of hair); and 4. It’s porosity (how easily each strand holds and absorbs water) Knowing these four things will help you identify the unique properties of your hair and will determine the kind of products your hair needs to maintain/restore health. I’m already resigned to the fact that I may not be able to accurately tell which curl pattern I have on my head until my relaxed ends are completely cut off.  Relaxed hair tends to be heavier than natural hair, therefore pulling (and distortion) may occur.  From what I can tell about my natural growth, it’s a mix ranging from type 3c through 4c.  But that’s a determination for another day. Meanwhile, I have medium-to-high density hair with mostly coarse strands (my edges/baby hairs are fine). What I don’t know …

1 Year Anniversary Post-Relaxer

HOLY CANNOLI! I totally did not realize that it has now technically been more than 1 year since my last relaxer (May 4, 2013).  Man, I’m a little sad that I forgot…oh well! Over it! I’m just excited that I lasted this long, because let me tell you, I didn’t think I would *pats self on back*. Goal number one: Make it a year without a relaxer. Check! Okay, okay enough with the silliness!  But seriously, that is the only goal I had. I know–that’s bad.  But I honestly didn’t know what to expect and I really just wanted to see how my hair would do. I’m not going to do a length check or anything just yet because I don’t exactly have a base.  When I started this journey, I had a lot of hair (still do).  I didn’t have the same problem as a lot of naturals did with relaxers, such as thinning and/or no hair growth.  My hair was pretty thick and it reached my shoulder blades.  My problem, as I’ve mentioned …

#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 …

My First Post-Relaxer Blowout

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.  Since the majority of my hair was still straight, I decided to go straight all the way.  Below are the results: Day 1:  Not bad.  My hair is practically as straight as when I get a relaxer, BUT I can also tell that my roots are a little fuller than a freshly minted relaxed head.  No harm, no foul. I wrapped my hair in a silk scarf overnight wondering what day 2 held in store. …