- Too much heat.
- Using products that cannot penetrate the hair shaft.
- Too much shampoo.
- Not using shampoo at all.
- Pulling the hair too tight when wearing braids, or ponytail.
- Improper handling.
- Not trimming the split ends.
- Bleaching your hair.
- Not washing your hair when wearing extensions.
- Getting a relaxer right after taking your extensions out.
9 MONTH UPDATE
Where do you currently live?
What do you do?
I am a student at AVEDA INSTITUTES in Buckhead Georgia. I love it there because they use all natural products. And I am also excited about learning about hair and makeup.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for a long time now, but I did the big chop in December of 2011.
When was the last time you had a relaxer?
I only had two relaxers in my lifetime. So it’s been seven years since I had the last one.
Why did you decide to do the big chop?
My hair was damaged. I already have thin hair; I think I made it worst by using heat all the time.
What’s your regimen?
I wash my hair once a week, or when I feel it is really dirty. I deep condition my hair as needed. I moisturize my ends every day, or when I remember.
What are your favorite protective styles.
Weave and half wigs.
What’s your short term goal for your hair?
My short term goal is to be able to put my hair in a bun. Then that will be my best protective style.
What’s your long term goal?
My long term goal is to be waist length in 5 years.
You recently shaved off the right side of your head, what were you thinking?
I don’t know. One of my instructors did it and I thought that it was cute, so I decided to do it.
Do you regret it now?
Yes. I cannot wait for it to grow back.
What’s your advice for our natural sisters, or those who are not natural yet, but are thinking about doing it?
My advice for those who are thinking about going natural is to not do a big chop. I think they should slowly transition before cutting the relaxed ends off, unless the hair is damaged. Patience, patience, patience, and only watch youtube videos that will inspire you on your journey.
Thanks to Brianna for sharing her natural hair story with us. If you want to be a part of our journey, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also LIKE us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter if you want to keep in touch.
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