Natural Hair Update & Aphogee Review

I can’t remember the last time I got a protein treatment. I read about Aphogee and decided to give it a try. Here’s what I think.

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Five Months Post Relaxer: What I’ve Learned About My Hair

It’s been five months since my last relaxer.  I’ve made some strides in terms of my natural hair growth-thanks to Janasia, my True Indian Hair Wig.  She’s allowed me to give my hair a much needed break.

One of the things I’ve been focusing on is getting to know my natural hair.  I feel like we’re dating.  I’m learning about the kinds of products it responds to.  So far, I’ve used a ton.  You can find my product reviews here.  I do understand that what works now may not work once my transition is fully complete.  But, it’s ok.  I’m having so much fun trying new things.

One of the things I’ve learned about is hair growth.  Did you know that on average you hair grows about a half an inch a month?  That’s what I’ve heard and read.  I tested a lock of mine to see if this is true.

I started this transition journey on February 18, 2012.  I had my hand model/hubby to take a strand of my hair, placed it on a white sheet of paper, stretch, and measure the new growth.  Sure enough- there was about two inches of curl in each strand.

Another interesting thing I notice is the way in which each strand is growing.  If you look closely, there tiny spirals like the one you see in the foreground that matches the 4a texture.

Then there are some with no definition at all.  In fact, each strand shrinks to less than half an inch which can be considered 4b/4c.  It definitely makes caring for my hair very challenging.  My strands are very fragile, and it’s important for me to handle it with care.

Right now my hair measures about twelve inches when stretched, which falls past my shoulders.  By the end of the year I should see about another few inches of new growth.  I’ve read that your hair grows about six inches each year.  But, it is possible to increase hair growth and that’s what I plan on doing.  I’ll be sure to update you on my progress.  Stay tuned!

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OMG! I’m Missing Teeth!!

I’m at my wits end!  I’m almost 4 and 1/2 months post relaxer.  I’m losing my mind and my hair.  Now, I’m missing teeth.  Can things get any worse? Ugh.

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My True Indian Hair Do

I’ve been toying with the idea of wiggin’ it for a while.  As I continue on my natural journey, I know styling will become a challenge.  I’ve already written about some of my hair issues, and it’s only been three months post relaxer.  I have a long way to go before my hair is completely natural.  So, I’ve been researching protective styling options.  This weekend I finally made the decision to go in for a wig fitting.

A friend from work told me about True Indian Hair .  I met with the owner, Karen Mitchell, for a consultation.  I know absolutely nothing about how to choose the right wig, and Ms. Mitchell put me right at ease.  The first thing I noticed was her sweet demeanor.  She certainly has a knack for making people feel comfortable, and also knows her stuff.  Ms. Mitchell recommended different options, and gave me tips on how to style my new do.  She said that each wig should last six months.  But based on the soft texture, I wouldn’t be surprised if it lasts much longer than that.

Since I’ll be transitioning, a wig will make things easier.  I won’t have to choose between working out and keeping my hair TV ready.  As you know, my job doesn’t offer much flexibility when it comes to my hair.  The plan is to wig it as I transition.

Here are some wigs I tried on.  Which one do you like best?  Keep in mind that I’ll be cutting and styling the wig similar to the way I normally wear my hair.  So far, my hubby likes the first one the best.  Please tell me your pick in the comments section below.

Stay tuned later this week to see the final look.

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Reminiscing About My Shake-N-Go Modeling Days

I get a call from my mom the other day.  She tells me that she’s been going through my old stuff and finds this booklet.

It’s a hair catalogue from back in my modeling days.  The timing couldn’t be better.  Since making my special announcement, I’ve been checking out wig options.  According to many, protective styling is a great way to transition from relaxer to natural.  Rockin’ a wig offers just that.  It would give my hair a much needed break from the heat and constant combing.  Not to mention, it would cut my prep time in half.

These aren’t exactly my style, but it does give me an idea of what would fit my face.  I must say, I had a great laugh!  I remember my mom telling me that these wigs are way too mature.  Now I realize that she’s absolutely right.  I’m not into short dos, I really like this one pictured above.

The search doesn’t stop here.  I’ll be combing through magazines to find the right one.

How do you feel about wearing a wig?

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10 Weeks Post Relaxer & My Latest Regimen

It’s been ten weeks since my last relaxer!

For those of you asking, “so what?!”  This is a big deal for me.  I thought I’d be itching to make a salon appointment.  But, I’m doin’ just fine.  However, this process isn’t without some challenging moments.  As my roots get thicker, combing gets tougher.  Check out my latest regimen below.

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