I big chopped this weekend! I went to my friend who works at a salon. I've never gone to her before, but I wanted a professional to cut my hair. I figured if I did it, it would be uneven. Also, I don't own any good scissors (yet). She did some things I wish she hadn't, but hey, it's done. I went in with my hair in a rod set. She just started cutting. Before I knew it, there were relaxed curls on the floor.
The she washed my hair. I asked her not to use shampoo, since I just shampoo'd 3 days prior, but she said I need it (ugh) After is was wet, she blow dried it (ugh) to cut it into a shape. Then, she wet and conditioned it again to get it to curl. She wanted to play with it by adding some product and twisting it, but I wouldn't let her. I left the salon with a wiry, crazy looking afro, but I was determined to fix it myself when I got home. She has a really short haircut, but she goes to the barber to get it done, and she uses a relaxer. So, she's not used to doing natural hair.
I had a picture of myself when I left the salon, but I deleted it from my camera by mistake. Maybe I did it subconsciously?? ;-)
When I got home, I jumped in the shower and co-washed with Suave Coconut conditioner. I got out and used a little as a leave in. My hair was still pretty wiry, not really curly. I applied some jojoba oil, and some Ecostyler gel, and started twisting. The back and the sides twisted okay, but the front and the top wasn't cooperating. So I put in 5 or 6 perm rods and sat outside in the heat for a little while. When I took the rollers out, the top was curly.
The next day I went to the beach, and just sprayed my hair with my coconut oil and water mix. I didn't get my hair too wet at the beach, but I co-washed when I got home and did the same thing I did the day before. The next morning, I noticed that I still had some spiky ends, which I think were relaxed pieces, so I cut them myself.
I think my hair is in shock, and it will probably take a week or two for it to curl on its own. I bought some products, but have only used the gel. My hair is long enough to twist, so maybe I'll try some flat twists.
Right now I don't love my hair, but I don't hate it either. I don't regret cutting it. I'm happy to be natural. I'm happy not to have to depend on a stylist. I'm happy to be free!