A few days ago I was looking through some old pictures on Facebook and realized I’ve had many different hair lengths throughout the years. I think all of them look great on me, but my favorite is definitely my long hair…especially when it was bouncy and softly curled. Here is a timeline of my hair as of the last few years of my life!
This was my hair back around 2005. I dyed it light brown and added tons of highlights. What I like the most is how it was layered. I love layered hair. It was a fun style, but extremely damaging to hair. When I got tired of the upkeep and the dryness, I gave up dying my hair all together, dyed it one last time to a jet black (so my natural color blended in better) and I have not touched a hair dye since!
I don’t remember taking many pictures from my highlighted hair transition, so we’re jumping to May 2009. I think this is the healthiest my hair has ever looked/been. The above picture shows exactly how I’d love my hair to be all the time. I enjoy the straight look, but I like bounciness and soft curls, as I mentioned before. The shine was also on point!
Two months after the last picture, I snapped this one. My hair was growing super fast! Here it was absolutely straight. It had tons of body and it was slightly layered. Again, the best era for my hair!
In the months following the July 2009 photo, I went through severe depression and sadness. I lost a lot of weight and was not eating properly. The above picture was taken in January 2010 when I began recovering. My hair was still pretty, but I began to see the damages that depression had left behind. It was easily falling out when I brushed or combed through it and it had lost a lot of shine and volume. It also started to look scarce at the ends due to breakage. This was making me mad and sad all at once so I decided to…
CHOP IT ALL OFF! The attempt was to go “natural” and slowly transition into my natural hair texture.
I wanted my hair to grow back soooo bad. During the time that it was short, I made the mistake of straightening it almost bi-weekly with a flat iron. Flat irons are the devil!!!!! The effort I had put into keep it healthy while it was short was lost with all that heat.
By August 2011, I saw some progress in the growth. Not dying my hair since 2005 has helped it tremedously. Relaxing in itself can be damaging, imagine also dying and bleaching it with highlights. Whew! I dunno how I still have hair on my head! :D
This photo was taken at the beginning of this year. As you can see here, the sun is bringing out my natural hair color, which I absolutely LOVE. I will never go back to dying it, unless it’s some type of henna or something that isn’t damaging to the hair.
The most recent picture of my hair can be found in my relaxed curled hair post, but the length cannot be seen as it actually is because it’s wavy. Today is hair day, so we’ll see in the next few days what it’s looking like health and length wise!
Looking at the different stages of my hair has been fun and inspires me to try to get it back to how it was in 2009. Perhaps I should go back to using ECRU hair products, since that is what I remember using back in those days!
Today my boyfriend and I went to see my Mother to bring her a yummy red velvet cake and some cider to celebrate her 64th birthday. The nice weather has finally kicked in, and I’m glad because the only thing that fits right now are maxi dresses and tights (I’m happily expecting!). Here’s what I chose to wear today!
a black vest over an old Forever 21 tank, some black tights with metal stones, grey bag and a pair of cheap sandals. perfect for a summer day!
on my face, we’ve got NARS “Cuba” tinted moisturizer (I can’t live without it!), Maybelline “Coral Crush” lipstick and some NAKED2 palette colors on my eyes, although its hardly noticeable in this pic!
thanking my mom and my boyfriend for a wonderful day! the laughs and good vibes truly do me well :) mami, I love you with everything I have. you are the true example of kindness and a lady that I am already following. I can only hope to be half the lady and mother that you are to this day, to my own children. I can’t believe I was this blessed to have been born from you. you, my baby, my brother and my boyfriend are my only family. I will love you forever, beyond life.
(Photo taken May 16th, 2012)
The answer is: YES! I am a huge fan of the straight hair look, but sometimes I either get lazy or don’t have time for all the maintenance that having straight hair requires - so I opt for washing it and letting it air dry with the help of some products to de-frizz and define it.
My hair is relaxed. A lot of people think that relaxed means that your hair will look like a wet mop if you attempt to revive the curls/waves you tried to kill with the relaxer in the first place. I’m going to say that the results might depend on your hair texture, how strong your relaxer is and the conditions your hair is currently in. Let me give you some info on my hair…
I would say my natural hair is a 3B type - more wavy/coily than curly/kinky. It’s soft to the touch but has good texture. I usually relax with kid’s relaxers like Just for Me because I don’t require anything stronger than that.
If I choose to let it air dry after I wash, I do NOT proceed without using about a nickle sized amount of Silicon Mix’s Leave-in Conditioner (this is a God-send!) followed by scrunching Curly Q’s Custard into it right after.
I also have Marc Anthony’s Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion sitting in my bathroom, just in case. I get great definition with this one, but I don’t particularly like that my hair feels a bit stiff after use - unlike with Silicon Mix and Curly Q’s. I like having waves, but manageability and softness are very important to me!
I would highly recommend those products if you are relaxed and want to temporarily create waves or even curls in your hair. Between Silicon Mix and Curly Q’s, you might spend a little bit under $30. But they last a fairly long time. I’ve had the same Silicon Mix bottle for years!