by Jenell of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe
My mother relaxed my hair when I was about 7 years old. Like many young ladies, I yearned for hair long enough to flow down my back, hair long enough to put into a ballerina bun and hair long enough that I would be the envy of all the other girls with shorter hair. Unfortunately, this wasn’t how it all ended up.
As a child my mother didn’t do much to my hair. And I had no idea what to do either. When I was about 15 years old, I started going to the hair salon to see a stylist bi-weekly. I figured that since we didn’t know what to do with my hair outside of a damaged ponytail, seeing someone who did know what to do was the right way to go.
My hair NEVER grew past the bottom of my neck. Not ever. I never felt my hair on my back. I never could put my hair in a bun. And I was never the hair envy of all the other girls. In fact I was the one who was envious of the other girls with longer hair. My hair was broken split and thin in many areas. It was a hot mess dot com.
In 2 and a half years, I’ve grown my hair to a length that I have never ever known. My hair is now down my back, can now go into a ballerina bun and I’ve been told here and there that I am a hair crush – that one always tickles me.
Growing my hair this long has been an accomplishment for me. I take pride in how long my hair is now, but it has taken a lot of time, patience, work and energy. Most of you already know how much work I put into my hair, my hair regimen is anything but simple. Weekly pre-poos, co-washes, detangling, deep conditioning and frequent moisturizing. I do hot oil treatments, I’ve done an avocado treatment once, and a protein treatment once too.
I enjoy taking care of my hair more then I ever have. I always wonder if I had put all this time time into my hair before, would it have grown long? Part of me says no, the stylist couldn’t get my hair to grow, so how could I? And then another part of me says yes, heck yes!
In the video below I discuss most of what I’ve discussed here and then I show a photo montage of my hair from a teenage to now.
How does your natural hair length compare to your relaxed hair length?
How does your natural hair health compare to the health of your relaxed tresses?