What is Beautiful Hair
I love this picture in this article because it looks like a Caucasian woman with natural black hair. Thick and wavy, very elegant.
My natural hair journey started In school where I had an assignment to evaluate my everyday products and look up their ingredients. The product I chose was something my mother has put in my hair since I was proably 5 or 7 years old. It was shocking to find out that this product rated 8 out of 10 on the toxi scale.
The product I chose was Relaxers.
So I cancelled my next hair appointment with my previous hairdresser who did not have a lot of experience with natural hair. Then I started looking for one that did.
I found Wayne at Divalicious. I wasn’t ready to change my look and I needed a gentle transition because, after all, I had more than 40 years relaxing my hair.
Wayne was great, she didn’t make me feel guilty for relaxing my hair all those years and she offered me solutions like a “Silk Press” which is straight hair without chemical processing. She also taught me how to moisturize my natural hair which is so important for my type 4 hair. She really pays attention to the health of my hair when I have an appointment, then she adjust her routine to help it be as healthy as possible.
It’s been about four months since I stopped the chemical processing and I have no regrets. I have a monthly appointment which adds up to about $1200 a year but I don’t buy hair products like I used to, including shampoo and conditioner because that is included in my monthly service.
Below you can see a before (with relaxer) and after photo (with silk press) (respectively) and the only difference I have noticed is that my hair feels thicker, needs less trimming so it retains more visible length, and water is not a friend to my hair so I protect it in the shower, rain, etc.
To learn more about transitioning to natural hair do some research on your options. You may be surprised to find that you don’t have to change your look to decrease chemical exposure.
A coach can help with learning new ways to care for yourself or transitioning to a new way of doing things.