I am on a hair journey. I don’t know the frequency of these posts at the moment it is all new and I am doing my research!
Going natural in the simplest of terms means I have stopped applying a relaxer to straighten/ perm my hair. The part that has been chemically processed will remain straight and any new growth will be curly, wavy or even kinky according to my natural pattern. I am already in a transition stage of not using a relaxer and have been ‘relaxer-free’ for over a year.
My award winning celebrity stylist and friend Korell Williams (@cut2williams) of Zig Zag Salon in Oxford Street is supporting me with this change. The first question I normally get is why? Some quick answers below!
- I decided to go natural because I love colour more than the straight texture. I did not want to damage my hair any further through relaxing and colouring. I also am championing a lifestyle change for myself. Healthy hair, skin, lifestyle…
- Tired of the damage and breakage to hairline and nape- actually all my hair due to chemical treatments, constant heat and more.
- I will not be doing the ‘big chop’ at this stage. That is where you cut your hair to the new growth only getting rid of the perm processed hair. I did a mini chop a couple weeks ago where we took off a few inches. I went from bust level hair to bob length- just on my shoulders. (It was emotional- I think I cried- a little)!
- When I refer to perm- that is not the curly perm. It is another term for relaxer.
- I can achieve length and thickness with my own hair and not only with extensions, wigs or weaves. That being said- I will still be rocking them for different looks and during this transition.
Natural hair me- I am loving buns at the moment!
I have to shout out my dear friend Naomi Clarke on this post. Years and years ago when we were partners in crime my hair fell out after I coloured and dyed it within a 24 hour period. I had a short afro (really short) from shoulder length hair. Naomi being the ace that she is cut off all her hair to support me as I was devastated. That is what you call friendship! Naomi is a Skin Care, Natural Hair care specialist and Loctitian. For more information go to www.naosheas.co.uk | Look out for a guest blog spotlight on Naomi and Korell in the coming months.
That my friends is it in a nutshell. More to come.
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