Ever since I was a kid my hair never took to perms and almost every other year my mom would give me a big chop and have me start all over. I never noticed the difference in the health of my hair in those moments because I wasn’t the one taking care of it (and I was young and didn’t really care). If I knew then what I know now, I would have told my mom to let my hair grow out in its natural state from the beginning. Natural hair and YouTube wasn’t a thing back then, so I completely understand why my mom opted for perms because natural hair is no joke.
I began my “full” natural hair journey my junior year of high school. That’s when I decided to embrace my twa and since then I’ve been experimenting. I’ve dyed, straightened, blow dried, anything that could possibly damage my hair, I did it.
What did I do now?
Over a year ago, I went to a salon to get a silk press. Since then, my hair stopped responding well to my usual products and felt and looked lifeless. It also had an awkward shape and curl pattern to it.
I’ve been transitioning for almost a year now and in July I decided to do a big chop once again. If you look at the picture above you can see the difference between my healthy hair and my damaged ends.
It’s been 3 months and my hair feels and looks healthy, is responding well to my usual staple products and I can see my coils again.
It’s been a long journey.
If it’s one thing I’ve learned about my hair it’s that it likes to be left alone! No heat, perms, color, constant manipulation, etc. My hair said, “it’s a no for me dawg”. It has taken me years to figure my hair out and though I’ve learned a lot, I’m still being taught something new every day/month.
Now that the damage is gone, and I know what not to do, I decided to start a segment on the blog called Health Over Length. Through this segment, I’ll be documenting my hair journey with you all not worried about length or how big my afro gets. This will also be a good way for me to keep track of what does and doesn’t work for my hair.
Although my journey hasn’t been smooth, I’m happy I’ve gotten to learn more about my hair. I’ve seen the milestones my it can reach and I’m excited to reach them again, and go beyond them, in a healthier state.
If you have any advice or want to share your natural hair journey, comment below.
Until next time!