Hair It Is – Embracing my Natural Hair

 

Fun fact: My hair was so crazy when I was a child that people actually asked my parents if I was wearing a wig. 

I’ve always had incredibly thick hair with a mind of its own. As a child, my hair was a nightmare for my mum who didn’t know what to do with it, and as I grew older, it became a nightmare for me. As soon as I got to Year 10 and was allowed to straighten my hair, I took total advantage of it and started to wear my hair straight all the time. It made it unbelievably easier to manage and kept it out of my face without looking like I had a bird’s nest perched upon my head. Win-win! 

The only downside was that washing my hair, letting it air dry, and then straightening it, took over 24 hours. So as soon as I finished high school, I began to look for a more permanent solution and decided upon chemical straightening. My local salons in Sydney quoted me hundreds of dollars to chemically straighten my hair, and told me that the straightening would only last a couple of months because of my unruly hair texture, and so instead I got it done in Hyderabad, India, the next time I visited. The 7 hour process cost me less than $300, and lasted around 2 years. I absolutely loved having straight hair all the time, and rejoiced each time I got out of the shower and my hair dried pencil straight, without any effort.

Because I love keeping my hair long, it actually took 4 years for the last of my chemically straightened hairs to be cut off, and in that time, much to my surprise, I missed being able to wear my natural hair some days. After I did cut off all the chemical hair, I realized that my curls weren’t the same as they used to be. The chemicals had made my hair frizzy and dull, and there was no way I could wear it out like that anymore. So I just kept on straightening it. 

A couple weeks ago I did some research and found that you could restore your hair to its former glory if you just stop applying heat to it (duh, why hadn’t I thought of that?). It felt like a bit of a mission for me, since I had been wearing my hair straight for 9 years, and never left the house without straightening my hair. But with the school holidays coming up, I figured I might as well give it a try.

It’s been 3 weeks now since I last straightened my hair, and I’m absolutely loving it! I’ve switched to a curly-hair shampoo, and only blow dry my hair on the cold setting. I’ve already noticed a big difference, and can tell that my waves are becoming healthier each day. I never thought the day would come, but I’m really happy with my natural hair and don’t think I’ll be straightening it anymore (except maybe for special occasions). I have so much more time now, and don’t have to bolt inside when it starts to rain. Yay!  

It’s only been 3 weeks, but here’s the progress I’ve made. Can’t wait to see how much healthier my hair gets! 

 

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