New year, New HairDo…. Maybe?

Heeeey Happy New Year!

Most of us get the itch to do something different as the calendar flips from one year to another, right?! New year. New Look. Its pretty common.. For me, 2014 was all about my hair!! I wanted a new look!

I was team relaxer most of my life and decided to big chop to team natural in 2008. I sported a teeny weeny afro and grew my hair out to a pretty good length (slightly past bra strap flat ironed) I’ve enjoyed the journey tremendously and would not trade it for anything. I’ve never been one to do different styles other than the occasional twist outs, ponytails, and buns. Needless to say, on my journey, I grew bored and started contemplating my next hair move. I dyed it, did flat twists, bantu knot outs…. still not satisfied. I wanted a sophisticated, fun look and something easy to maintain while working out.

hair cut jan 2014 before

I jumped on Pinterest and started pinning really cute haircuts, particularly the one McKenzie Renae had been wearing. I’ll admit, I became obsessed with this young ladies hair and just knew, this was THE cut for me.Image: McKenzieRenae.tumblr.com

I called my favorite stylist and she didn’t have any availability. I was bummed but I was determined to get my hair cut within 48 hours | before I changed my mind |!! I called another stylist and she had an appointment available. I booked it and 3 hours later, my 8-year-old and 18-year-old daughters headed to the salon. My 18-year-old was eager to see me make the transition from long to short hair while my 8-year-old had a mini melt down. She did not want her mommy to have short hair.

The Haircut Part 2

I sat in the chair for my new bad girl short hair cut. Yesssss, I was thinking to myself…. She picked up the scissors and started cutting my hair, I was like, hol’ up, hol’ up, hold up, I’m not ready for this. Flashes of me regretting the teeny weeny afro phase came over me and I quickly shifted my request for that cut to an inverted bob. I just couldn’t do it….

Oh, well, right??!?  The bob cut suits me very well so I did get a different look. Not exactly the funk I was trying to bring but it fits me well. Who knows,  I may go in later for a different restyling but I need to ease into short hair.  If I do, you’ll know first! I’m looking forward to seeing how my natural curls pop with the bob cut. It may be that big change I was hoping for.

after flat iron and styling hair cut

Do you have any haircut chronicles that you regret? Or did you have an oops haircut that you ended up loving? Come on, spill it.. Am I the only one who ever chickened out on a hairstyle?  :)

Enjoy Your Journey ~ Kristi

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Natural Hair:: Looking to relax your hair? A few things you should consider first.

Heeey ladies! I received an email from a reader who is  thinking of relaxing her hair again.

help! I'm in a natural hair rut!

 Here is her question : ” Hi Kristi, I’ve been completely natural for almost a year. I loved it at first but now I want to relax it again. Do you have any suggestions for me?”

 Thanks for taking the time to write. I’ve listed a few questions to consider before you decide to relax your hair.


1) If you transitioned, think back to that time and the patience it took to learn your hair. If you relax it, you must start the process over again. There is no way around it. Is it worth it?

2)  Why did you go natural in the first place? For me, I didn’t go natural because of a fad. I was tired of relaxing my hair and tired of it looking limp. I wanted healthy long curly hair.

3)   Have you reached your personal goal with being natural? If your goal was to “try” being natural, and you’ve been natural for almost a year, you “tried”. It’s not for everybody. If your goal was to reach a certain length or healthy-ness,  and you’ve not achieved it, then, Boo, you can’t quit now. At least reach your goal before you decide to turn back.

4)   Are you being pressured by your peers? Peer pressure exists. Even as an adult, I have gotten comments about how nice my hair would be if,  I were to relax it. It takes a strong person to stand up for what you believe in. If you believe that your hair is beautiful. Don’t succumb to peer pressure. Tell them to kick rocks. .. ok, that was a bit personal for me but you get it, right?

5)   Has your regimen become too difficult to maintain? Our hair reacts differently at different  stages. Maybe it’s time to try something new with how you take care of your hair. Spend a little more time on deep conditioning and detangling. You may even find a new product that makes you fall in love with your curlies all over again.

Natural Hair Bun

Natural Hair Updo

6)   Are you bored? Try new styles. Up-do’s,  two-strand twists, flat twists, even pony tails can be cute. Switch it up. You may be pleasantly surprised! Versatility is part of the beauty of natural hair.

After you answer these questions for yourself,  I hope you convince yourself to embrace and fall in love with your natural  hair again. If you still decide to relax, that’s cool, too.

YOU are the only person that has to be happy with the decision. The key to all of this is to Enjoy YOUR Journey.

Be well! ~ Kristi

Natural Hair: TV Reporter, Rochelle Ritchie does Story on her Big Chop on air

I recently watched this video forwarded to me by a friend.   

I love the message here about feeling empowered. After my big chop, it really was like seeing myself for the first time. Going natural has been one of the best decisions I ever made.

I’d love to know your thoughts and or experiences about natural hair .

Are you thinking of going natural? Do you think it’s a less professional look?

Enjoy your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Natural Hair: Hair Forums

If you are thinking of  going Natural, hair forums are a good source of information and an excellent way to seek support while you begin your journey.  I am a member on a few although more of a lurker rather than a participator. :)

I would scour them to see how to transition without damaging my hair, check out cute styles to try, to also see what products to use on my hair texture.

** BEWARE: Visiting hair forums can become quite addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn. :) **

 

Here are a few of my faves.  Feel free to comment on this post with hair forums you love.

NaturallyCurly.com

LongHairCareForum.com

Black Hair media

CurlyNikki.com

 

-Enjoy your Journeys, Kristi