Virgin Beginnings & the Relaxed Ending: A walk down Memory Mane.
As a child, I did not know what a relaxer was. My mom would wash my hair, section it into 2, 3...sometimes 6 sections, and then proceed to braid each one. That was it.
If I did not request barrettes to adorn the very ends of my braids, my mom would "tack" (her word for this hair method/style), them down with bobby pins.
Special occasion hair was a little bit different. She'd press it straight & curl the ends under. Some how, this style made me feel a bit prettier.
But, in addition to wearing my hair down; I also got to wear a dress, tights, patent leather mary janes and ankle socks with bows on them. Pretty, right?! Ha! I loved getting dressed up.
When I got old enough to press my own hair...I did it virtually everyday. Horrible, I know. But, all I cared about was having the straightest hair possible. Needless to say, all the
Not much changed for the "hair health" better, after trading in my pressing comb, for a flat iron.
I soon grew tired of having to manually straighten my hair (daily in the summertime, because my hair would puff up & the roots would revert to the highly textured); so after mulling it over for what felt like months, I got my hair chemically straightened for the very first time.
2007 was when I first discovered a lady on the WWW, named Macherieamour. She had thick, long, pretty, relaxed hair down her back, and I wanted the exact same. Following her, I found the online hair care boards/forums. From there, I learned how to take exceptional care of my hair. It grew from neck length to arm pit length in 2 years. I was ecstatic!
See a photo of my hair in 2007 here. If you haven't already, please give the page a "Like":)
2009, I finally had the hair I dreamed about:
• Hair that blew in the wind
• Hair that bounced when I walked
• Hair that I could toss & flip over my shoulders
• Hair that I could twist & wind around itself a couple times to make a bun
• Hair that I could pull back into a ponytail & swing back & forth
• Hair that some people pay for
So what lead me to cut it all off?...
The photos are all from 2009; a few months before & then right after my last relaxer. This is where I started back in 2007.
If you're interested in knowing what I did during the time in between 2007 & 2009 (regimen, products, styles, etc.), just send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe I'll do a post on the subject.