Ok I hate to say this but this weekend was going to be it: I was going to run a relaxer through my hair. Now I was still going to wear it curly but the shrinkage monster was working my last and final nerve. I think the hardest thing about this transition is remembering when I had big fabulous hair. I want it big and fabulous NOW. But getting it to be that way didn't happen overnight then and it won't happen overnight now.
The frustration came to a head when I left the house in a cute fedora with some freshly co-washed curls to meet someone for lunch. My hair looked butta!
But as the day progressed, I went from looking fly to looking like someone's Uncle Cletus who had a puff of hair on each side and had a hat on to keep others from knowing he was bald. I was so embarrassed. The product that I spent almost 30 bucks for because it stated it would elongate curls had defined my curls so well that it shrunk even more! I HATED it! I decided that unbeknownst to my friends and most importantly my hairstylist who I knew would be vehemently against it, I was going back to the creamy crack this weekend.
But the other day I asked my friend to take a pic of the back of my hair so I would could prove my case as to why I needed some chemical assistance to elongate my curls. After she took the picture she showed it to me and asked "Why does this look like a mannequin's head?"
No that is not a mannequin from Dudley's cosmetology school. That is the back of MY head! I couldn't believe how big those curls are. How could I kill all of those beautiful curls with the creamy crack? I owe it to my hair and to myself to continue on this journey of letting the natural me shine through. It's not going to be easy. Transition rarely is. But I really believe it's worth it.
Here are some of the products I've been rockin' with:
Shampoo and Conditioner: Super Skinny Daily Shampoo and Treatment (which I know doesn't help hair shrinkage but it definitely cuts down on frizz. I only use this every 2 weeks).
Co-wash with Urban Therapy's De-Frizz Conditioner (the truth!)
Cantu Leave In Conditioner (I've been using this for years while natural and relaxed)
Straight up good ol' fashioned EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Elasta QP Glaze with Olive Oil
Shea Moisture Curl and Hold Smoothie (cannot live without this)
Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt Liquid Gel
Oh and the almost $30 product I got was Uncle Funky's Daughter's Curl Magic. It's not a bad product at all. Sometimes I will work a little with the Paul Mitchel Super Sculpt. I just think it will work best for me when my hair is longer and I don't mind it shrinking a little. It defines like a mug! I'm not going to lie, the packaging suckered me in. How am I not going to want to open up my bathroom cabinet and see this?