February 6, 2012

More Than Half My Hair is Natural.

I've been gone soooooo long. Updating is really hard now that I have limited internet access. My computer ONCE AGAIN is out of commission (kind of.) I can only use the internet when I'm in "safe mode" (which is the most basic and primitive settings a computer can operate in,) so it's been tough. This is also why I haven't been making videos lately...while I can use the internet in "safe mode," the audio doesn't work in it. 

Anyway, I'm finally checking in with a growth update. As of today, I am 16 months post-relaxer!!!
More than half my hair is natural. =]

My curl pattern is pretty crazy:
 The curls towards the nape of my neck are really tight and defined. 
I love them, and they pop really easily.

But the hair that immediately frames my face and sits all around the crown of my head, not so much definition.
The curls there are a lot looser and I wouldn't even call them curls- they're waves.
They are also drier than the rest of my hair and tend to get more frizzy.
I don't really know what to do with them and it's pretty dang frustrating. 
The bad thing about long-term transitioning is that I don't know why the hair at the top of my head is like this.
I don't know if it's actually really curly, but because the hair at my crown has more "dead weight" (longer relaxed ends) it's just being weighed down and my curl pattern can't take control...I would know this if I had big chopped.I also don't know if it's due to too much manipulation from slicking it back with gel when I wear buns OR if my hair is just naturally mixed textures. I think this is the answer. I'm guessing both manipulation and the fact that I live in sunny L.A and the sun is always beating down on (and drying out) that spot on my head have caused these curls to be drier and looser. *Sigh* If that's the case, I know I'm not alone because multiple textures, and specifically, looser curls at the crown, seem to be a common issue. 

Anyway, I decided to "trim" my hair, to get rid of more of those limp strings. 
One side trimmed.

There's definitely still a good amount of relaxed ends still hanging on, but with this trim, I certainly have more natural hair than processed hair on my head. 

Anyway, I'll be updating again soon! I'm trying to get back to updating at least weekly or bi-monthly!
I'm sorry for such a long hiatus! Thank you for sticking with me! =)
Have a great week!


  1. I remember these days well. I, too, was a long term transitioner. I grew my relaxer out for 24 months and had many of the same issues/questions that you are experiencing . . .

    1) how many textures do I have in my head?
    2) why is my crown so dry?
    3) how do I combat the dryness?
    4) what will my actual curl pattern look like?
    5) the relaxer is really weighing down my hair!
    6) etc, etc, etc . . .

    Keep up the good work, though! Don't let the issues get you down. And congratulations on achieving 17 months. That is quite an accomplishment!

  2. thank you so much for the encouragement! it's frustrating & easy to get down, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel! lol

  3. I think you def have different textures. My hair is the same way. I am now 5 months into my transition and I'm glad you're updating again cuz it's so inspiring. WE CAN DO IT! How much longer do you think you'll transition?

  4. Yay! I'm glad you're inspired! =) I'll transition for sure for another 6 months at least (until September 2012,) but depending on how I feel at the time..I may wait until the end of December and make it a new year's thing. i'm so excited! =)
    When do you plan to stop trnasitioning?