This past Saturday I had the awesome idea to straighten my hair. I haven’t pulled out a flat iron* since that time I attempted to wear my TWA straight for my sister’s wedding back in 2014, which was ultimately a fail.
Anywho, I honestly wanted to try something different with my hair and, not to mention, a good length check would be the inspiration I needed to continue on this natural hair journey which admittedly has been a love hate relationship.
As I straightened it I loved the fact that I could feel my hair lightly brushing the tops of my shoulder blades. My hair hasn’t been this long since 2009 before I chopped into a pixie.
The length was great, however, I couldn’t help but notice frazzled ends. Yes, super dry and not holding any curl once I raked a comb or a brush through it.
WTF! I said in utter confusion as I stared at myself in the mirror. My grand plan turned out to be a mistake.
I mean, I do regular trims, I follow a good health haircare plan, and I ensure that I deep condition regularly. How are my ends so terrible?
As I took a step closer to the mirror I noticed the clear line of demarcation where I had once colored my hair blonde and then dyed it back to brown which was obviously fading. The color was the culprit.
Though I didn’t bleach my hair, I knew the risks of using a chemical hair dye to physically alter the cortex of my strands and knew the possibility of damage. The damage that I couldn’t see when my hair was in its curly state was well apparent now.
At this point, I had two options: chop or just revert back to curls and carry on as usual as if nothing happened.
I ultimately decided to go with the former and rid myself of the horrible “frazzledness” that I knew would continue to haunt me.
The only thing was I was staring at about 2-3 full inches that I needed to chop. The pain!
Those who are on a journey towards hair growth know the frustration of having to chop off inches that you worked so hard to gain.
I grabbed the scissors and started snipping. Tears started to build up in my eyes as I looked at the pile of hair on the floor and vowed to never color my hair again.
A couple of days later I washed my hair and went back to my curly fro. I noticed a big difference in my hair. Not only the obviously shortened length, but also the feel and look of my coils.
They looked and felt…well, healthier! I even got a ton of compliments from my coworkers so obviously, the change was a noticeably positive one.