It’s possible that you didn’t notice my hair when I posted those progress pictures. That’s deliberate. Generally speaking, I don’t do anything with my hair except to drag it back and pull it up into a clasp or a barrette of some sort. My hair is sort of designed to not be noticed.
That is because I am in transition — and mighty uncomfortable it it, let me tell you. (That is not a picture of me, by the way.)
For those of you who are unfamiliar with natural hair, being in transition means that I am growing out my natural (and naturally curly) hair after using relaxer on it for about the last 40 years. Eventually, my hair will thank me but right now, it’s a half natural, half relaxed mess.
I’m not ready at this point to go for the Big Chop, because it has only grown out about 2-3 inches so far. I’m going to want to do some healthy hair stuff to beef it up and get it to start growing a bit faster. Besides that, I’m going to want to spend some time training my hair to behave itself once I am able to cut off the last of the relaxed bit. The hair I was born with was basically 3C but decades of mistreating the stuff has left its mark.
Fortunately for me, last night I happened across Rosío and her YouTube channel, Risas Rizos (Spanish for “laughing curls,” I think).
I started with this video, which was exactly what I needed to hear/learn about:
So, yeah … I don’t know if her cousin was dissatisfied with this video and I have no clue how her regular subscribers reacted but I thought this was perfect!
I immediately realized how parched my hair (not really my scalp) is — which makes perfect sense given that I’ve been beating it up with very harsh chemicals for 40 years — and that I need to get rocking with those deep moisturizing treatments and the monthly protein treatments. In fact, I was planning on doing some braids but I think I’m going to hold off on those until I get the hair closer to my roots into better shape.
Seems to me that protective styling makes more sense when you have taken the time to get your hair into good enough condition that you actually have something to protect!
Needless to say, I immediately subscribed to her channel and plan to be a faithful viewer whenever she releases a new video. I’m also going to be giving my hair some major lovin’, starting this weekend with a protein treatment. I’ll save moisturizing treatments for midweek no-poo cleanings. Maybe in a month or two, I’ll be ready to rock those braids.
Maybe, by the time I have knocked my hair back into shape, I will also have knocked my body into shape. You might not even recognize me by then.
Sounds like fun.