Hair Care Diary: 15 Months Without A Hair Relaxer And Still Going!

January 18, 2010

Flat Twistout HairtsyleI’m baccccckkkkkk! And I’m actually creeping up on 16 months without a hair relaxer in a little over a week. The pictures to the right are from Christmas at my Granny’s house. My transition to natural hair has been going along relatively smoothly. I would be lying if I said there haven’t been a few bumps in the road, but I’ve managed to continue without doing the big chop or getting my hair relaxed… So I guess it’s safe to say that I’m still in this hair transition for the long haul. That means I’m still transitioning for at least 2 years total (ultimate goal is 3 years).

Hmmmm… What’s new? Not much actually. I’ve been wearing my hair in my trademark flat twistout hairstyle and becoming quite bored with it. I told myself that 2010 will be the year of venturing out and at least attempting new hairstyles. It was either that or chop it off. So you can look forward to tons of pictures and tutorials on my attempts at straightening, blown out hair, box braids, micro twists, two strand twists, rollersets, and the very popular Curly Nikki hairstyle which consists of a twistout and rollers.

At the start of December, I could not stand my hair. I was doing a lot of cowashing and bunning because my flat twistout only lasts for about two days now without me re-twisting. Something had to give or I was going to chop all the mess off. My decision was to straighten my hair and it was the best one I’ve made all year. I haven’t worn my hair straight since the end of March 2009 when I went to Florida. I did attempt to straighten it at the end of September, but between using the Sabino Moisture Block (made my hair heavy and lifeless this time around) and using too little heat with my Sedu flat iron, my hair came out looking a hot mess! Anyway, I straightened and cut about 2.5-3 inches off it almost two weeks ago… and I love love love my hair right now!!!! Pictures will be posted tomorrow or Wednesday.

Last, I’m going to be catching up on emails and the comment section. I’ve been doing spot check maintenance on the site and deleting obvious spam, but haven’t had the time to answer any questions that were posted. I’ll finish it soon (at least by the end of the week) but please remember that I am not a licensed cosmetologist. I’m just a blogger who enjoys hair so please read my disclaimer at the bottom of the page if you truly need advice. I’m more than happy to point you in the right direction or do a little research, but at the end of the day… I’m only an expert on my own hair.

Check back soon for my straight hair pics!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

MissJ January 19, 2010 at 10:15 am

Welcome back Dani! The twistout looks good. Do you still use the coconut oil on your hair when you set?

Dani January 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Thanks MissJ :) I had to let the coconut oil go for now. It’s cold up here and coconut oil turns into a solid in this type of weather. I’ve read way too many horror stories of hair freezing when using coconut oil in the winter, lol. I’ll be setting with my regular spray mix (water, glycerin, and aloe vera) until the spring.

Anti Hair Slave January 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Your hair looks awesome! Congrats on the success :)

Dani January 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Thanks AHS :)

Kinky Rhonnie January 21, 2010 at 6:28 am

You are looking gorgeous Dani.

Shawna January 21, 2010 at 9:34 am

Your hair looks so thick almost like a weave. It does look nice though. I tell myself every other month that I’m going to stop putting a perm in my hair.

Dani January 21, 2010 at 6:43 pm

@ Rhonnie – Thanks, I’m thinking about biting the bullet and trying out the Elucence conditioner after your review :)

@ Shawna – Thanks, people try to weave check me often, lol. Good Luck with your decision. It took me about and year and a half to make my final decision.

regenia edwards January 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I really like how you explain about the way you did your hair, I am going natural now my self , and I am having trouble with dryness, and hair shedding. Again thanks, God bless.

Khadijah January 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Hey, I missed you!
I am a longterm transitioner as well and I really like reading your posts.
They are very helpful as we are going through similar things.
I am going to staighten my hair in two weeks for the first time in six months.
Keep up the good work!

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