Thursday, August 9, 2012

One Month Post Big Chop

It's been one month and 10 days since my big chop. Every week gets better, and I've learned a few things about my hair.  For example, I don't think I have fine or low porosity hair.  Could it have been the relaxer???

I co-wash every day, with either Aussie Moist or V05 Moisture Milks.  For the past two weeks I have used Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14 in 1 as my leave-in, and it really keeps my hair moist.  Moisture is my number one goal.  My hair is naturally dry, but I've also been working out and swimming regularly- sometimes in the sun- so I need to keep my hair as moist as possible.  My scalp is doing great.  It took about 2 months for it to get back to normal after my allergic reaction.  I haven't done a henna gloss in about 3 weeks, but I will do one in the next few days.  I would love to color my hair lighter, but I want to wait until I am confident about keeping it moist and healthy.

My edges are doing great too.  For the first time, they lay down with just a little gel- no scarf! They're the same texture as the rest of my hair, too.  I think the relaxer was always breaking my edges, so they were never healthy or an even length to be manageable.

This week was the first time I noticed a little curl pattern and some growth! I still use some gel and a brush to define my curls every morning, but I don't use as much gel, and I don't brush as much.

I still don't love my hair, but I am enjoying having short, low maintenance hair during the summer.  It's much cooler, and it's been fun experimenting with jewelry and make-up!  I don't miss having a relaxer at all.  My man always tells me that it's not the hair, it's my confidence, so walking straighter, smiling more, and showing the world that I feel good about myself has been good for me.  I've gotten a lot of compliments- not just about my hair, but my skin, my eyes and my overall appearance!


MeliMel said...

That's great! I'm happy for you!

Jenna said...

your hair looks great! and your man gave you some great advice :)

Sharawn said...

I was looking for reviews on ORS hair repair products and followed a link to your blog. I accidentally scrolled up and saw the post about making a change so I clicked on and read about your decision to transition, needless to say I was reeled in at that point lol. I have been sitting here for the past hour reading. It went through each post as if I were reading a story, forcing myself not to jump ahead and see what you were going to do. At one point I was like, she's gonna go back to the eye but I was routing for you lol. When I finally saw the post where you big chopped I shouted yay!! I was so happy for you like I know or something lol. My hubby is looking at me like I'm crazy lol. Anyway I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see updates. I'm 5 mos newly natural by the way and in love with the hair I hadn't seen in over 30 years.

dnation86 said...

I just went natural and our hair looks VERY similar!! One thing I am struggling with is I have a large section of hair that will not scrunch up or curl when wet. Do you know why this is!?

Tiffanita said...

Thanks everyone!

@Sharawn- sometimes I can't believe I cut it all off either! It's been over 2 months, and I'm still a little surprised when I look in the mirror sometimes, lol!

@dnation86- I had the same problem when I first big chopped. A section in the front didn't curl. It curls now though, so either you have to give it time, or you have at least a couple of different textures going on.