Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Natural Living: Jaye's Natural Hair Journey

2 years, 4 months and 20 days ago, I walked into a barber shop with Will and Liam to have my hair chopped off.

Not a little chop, you know the ones I'm talking about. When your friend says that she chopped off all her hair and shows up with shoulder length hair proclaiming that she's bald...not one of those. I was literally bald. I still can't believe that Will didn't freak out (although he has recently admit that he hated my short hair, no worries though, so did I).

For quite awhile after "big chopping", I didn't know what to do with my hair. It was dry, brittle and extremely shrunken (which is normal for naturally curly hair but mine would get tangled and matted as well). Shortly after cutting my hair, I got braids installed.

I wore those for awhile then started wearing my natural curls. I have made a lot of progress with my hair since then but I've had just as many setbacks. I have dealt with breakage, dryness, single strand knots (where you get knots on the end of individual strands of hair) and postpartum shedding. You name it, I've probably dealt with it during my hair journey and was dealing with it up until a few days ago.

After trying to style my hair a few days ago, I realized that I needed a trim. I bought some hair shears, went to the bathroom and cut about two inches off. At first I was traumatized, I thought that I had royal screwed up. Then I put my products in (I'll go over my hairstyle-the wash 'n go in another post), styled my hair and realized that my hair had been dying for a trim. Will, who never notices my hair, has commented on more than one occasion on how good my hair looks.

So after 2 years, 4 months and 20 days, I have decided to start a healthy hair journey. I definitely want to grow and retain length but I don't want long, unhealthy hair. I'll share my journey over the next year and I hope that it will inspire others to embrace their curls, kinks and coils.

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