I am in no way a natural hair enthusiast. I don’t know enough about hair to be one, especially with my hair. I never had any interest in caring about how it looked.
I think people should do whatever they want in their hair that makes things easier.
However, since some relaxers have been damaging people’s scalps and extensions have ruined healthy hair, I think people should be concerned about what goes into their hair (just like I am very concerned about what I’ve put into my body lately).
Relaxers never bothered me (photo on left) however, after some highlights the texture of my hair changed (Thanks hairdresser!) and with my constant running I could no longer worry about my hair.
Once it got highlighted, although it looked amazing, it was short-lived. I’m definitely all for hairdressers to make money on styling however, I asked all the right questions about whether it would be low maintenance. It turns out that it wasn’t. Prior, I could have run to my heart’s content and never batted an eye if I washed my hair and pulled it into one right after. With the highlights, it was extra work to detangle and as my hair grew out, thicker and thicker… It just got worse.
(hair with highlights that I didn’t need)
A few weeks ago I went to visit my sister in Virginia and she took a pair of shears to my hair.
My sister has had natural hair before her daughter’s birth.
It really looks incredible on her:
Prior to her cutting it off, I tried a variety of hairstyles since I basically ignored my hair’s need for a relaxer.
This is how my hair looked after my sis cut it. I don’t even consider it a “big chop,” it seems like my hair was long enough to have been cut months before. It can almost go into a ponytail (or puffy tail haha).
What’s really interesting: Now I have to reconsider how I style my hair. I hadn’t my hair like this since 7th grade and it turns out that it’s a lot easier to manage. After my run, I simply shower from head to toe. Then I slide a band and I’ve started accessorizing:
The only thing that seems bothersome is getting helmet hair after I bike to the gym:
Other than that, I really enjoy the new look:
Anyway, that’s the update. My new look (and I can’t wait for it to grow longer):
Now to stop people from touching it! Other than that, it seems to have improved my dating life :).
Is your hair natural? What do you do to it? Any advice?