I think my hair has seen it all, I have been a red head, I have had black, brown, burgundy and platinum hair, I have let it grow, I have cut it off, I have worn protective styles, wigs, weaves, you name it ALMOST anything and I have done it.
About a year ago I came across some natural hair pages on Facebook (E Clark , My Natural Sistas , and Courtney Natural Hair ) and instantly fell in love, it reminded me of how beautiful my hair was when I was younger. My mother cherished my sister and my hair. She took really good care of it and in tern we both have beautiful hair.
Now, my sister started this process before I did. She did not do the big chop as she is obsessed with big hair lol but she went about it gradually. First she went to texturizers instead of perms but found that her hair still was not at the level of health that she wanted. Then (because she is an avid weave and wig wearer- to achieve the style and look she loves) she stopped using chemicals all together. This practice and the combination of good old fashioned hair care allowed her to grow her hair out until she was able to be completely natural (maybe I can get her to write a post on her hair care- fingers crossed). Now all of her 4 girls are natural as well.
|This is my sister with her natural hair blown out and curled|
|My sister with a full wig she made herself (see Ghinais Hair & Beauty for more of her work)|
|Full wig made by my sister|
|My sister and I - this is a U wig- again made by her. She is also the person who cut and colored my hair until I got the hang of it see Ghinais Hair & Beauty|
The last big chop I did was to go platinum (this was before my natural hair craze) and to go platinum because of the amount of stress on your hair from the bleach, I had to stay natural. I loved the platinum but it definitely changed my curl pattern. My curls were not as tight and eventually my hair became very damaged.
So.... Here is my starting point: