In my early teens, my haircare routine was absolutely horrendous. I would straighten my hair multiple times a week, wash it every other day, and fail to braid it back before bed.
It wasn’t long before I began to experience breakage and split ends. By the time I was in my late teens, my once long and healthy hair was now barely reaching my bra strap, and regret was finally setting in.
Right before my 18th birthday in the summer, I made the decision to give my hair a much needed trim and do the big chop later down the line after gaining some length.
After trimming all of my split ends, my hair barely touched my shoulders and I had no clue what to do with it. I was so used to long hair that short hair left me unsure of how to style my hair.
I did some research about going natural and found out that low manipulation and protective styles would be the best option for my hair. I wore my curls in loose braids and buns for almost a whole year while it grew like crazy. By the time winter came around, my natural curls took up half of my head.
I was excited that my hair was growing, but my natural 4a texture was clashing with my relaxed ends which made it extremely difficult for me to care for my hair without damaging the fragile parts. It was finally time for me to try out a protective style and like all of the beautiful women around me, I decided to get box braids.
I did everything from protein treatments to a deep conditioning* to prep my hair for my mid-back length braids. My braids looked amazing and weren’t too tight or heavy. However, a few days later I started to feel a pulling sensation around my head and it worried me because I didn’t want any hair breakage.
Nonetheless, I still went to the gym that day with the idea that I could fix my hair later. My hair clearly had other plans because while I was running, three whole braids fell out of my head. This wouldn’t have been a problem hadn’t they took my edges along with them.
I rushed home, examined my head, and called the hair salon. It turned out that their braiding method included them twisting the root of my hair so that the braid hair would grip on better. This action alone caused the braid to rip out my hair because it was too heavy. I had absolutely no edges left. I was livid.
I immediately took the braids out of my hair and pulled up my Yelp app so I could leave a bad review for the salon.