Now I wasn’t planning on a 2nd big chop–not ever. Most of my LOVES know that I’ve dreamed of having hair down to my ankles that I could jump rope with. I know this is far fetched but as someone who has never had long hair it was an exaggerated goal. I’d be happy with knee length of course.
I shared with you how heart breaking it was to put my hair in a protective style for 5 months, only to suffer lots of damage — breakage in the crown and in sporadic areas throughout my head. I also noticed that there was a drastic loss of density all over my head, meaning my hair was ridiculously thin and no longer thick and full like it once was. I had so much shedding and breakage that it looked like a small furry animal. After suffering from significant hair damage, my plans have shifted quite a bit.
I will now do whatever it takes for healthy hair.
For starters, I will no longer do anything to achieve maximum growth. I learned the hard way that not everything that promises or that could possibly assist in hair growth, actually does. So many people talk highly about protective styles and for me, protective styles always consisted of roll, tuck, & pin hair styles. But after so many inquiries about extensions, I decided to try it out for myself for an entire year. That was the beginning of a new journey that has abruptly ended.
I will now do whatever it takes for healthy hair. If that means no extensions ever, then so be it. If that means never straightening my hair, so be it. If that means, never using hair color, so be it. If that means, seeking and consulting a professional, so be it!
I got a phone call from a dear friend Diane Bailey in regards to my hair. Diane is a very successful celebrity stylist who specializes in natural hair. Fortunately for me, she is local to me here in Brooklyn, NY. Back to the story, Diane saw my video about my hair damage and like most of you who watched that video her heart cried for me. Diane has done my hair before so she was very familiar with the health of my hair. We set a date for me to come in and see her to get a consult, get any necessary treatments and to get a prescription to follow for my hair.
I went into the Red Room Luxe Salon at OMhh where Diane works and was so excited to see her. While there I got my hair shampooed with the SheaMoisture Raw SheaButter shampoo, I then got an aphogee protein treatment and sat under the dryer. Following the protein treatment, my hair was conditioned, detangled, and then steamed. After the steaming I was blow dried. Diane confirmed all my concerns with my hair and we discussed how much of my hair needed to be cut.
I needed a good trim and overall my hair could be restored to good health with consistent treatment. There was nothing I could do about the density of my hair, it had thinned out too much and I would have to allow time to do its thing in order to ever see my thick hair again.
There was no way I could bare to look at my hair in the mirror knowing how thin it was. A good trim would prevent further splitting, but I knew I would never love my twist out or braid out because it was going to take forever to look luscious again! I figured it would be a great idea to go with a funky cut. I’ve been eyeing tapered cuts for a while and at this very moment I felt bold and daring and knew that if I cut my hair low, I’d get my thickness back immediately. I’d lose all my length, but my hair would once again be healthy.
First big chop Friday, March 26, 2010
Second big chop Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Diane prescribed a very simple regimen, wash my hair every three weeks and moisturize daily. I usually wash my hair every 2 weeks, so what’s another 7 days?
In case you’re wondering, I did film portions of my salon experience including my hair cut to share with you loves. You can go here to watch my salon experience video.
I got my hair done by a dear friend to me Diane Bailey. For those who are in the NYC area in need of professional natural hair help definitely visit Diane at at Red Room Luxe Salon at OMhh 503 Atlantic Ave (718) 875-3811.