Daily Archives: February 9, 2012

The Big Chop: Marci’s HairStory

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Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
Hi, my name is Marci. I’m a working mother of 2 living in the south.

What prompted your decision to go natural?
I’ve been going back and forth with going natural for about 10 years. There were several times that I started transitioning from my relaxer, but I never made it past 3 months before I relaxed again – mainly due to lack of patience and lack of information on how to care for/transition to natural hair. The biggest factor in me finally doing it was discovering the wealth of information online about natural hair care. That gave me the confidence that I could make the transition and properly care for my hair. I think natural hair just suits my personality. I enjoy the freedom from relaxers, the way my natural hair sets me apart and I think my natural hair enhances my natural beauty.

How long did you transition before you big chopped?
I transitioned for 6 1/2 months. My last relaxer was May 17, 2011 and my big chop was December 10, 2011. I was initially planning to transition for a year, but I got to the point that I could not stand my relaxed ends any longer. I really didn’t trim them like I should have and they would tangle whenever I tried to do anything with my hair. I was also experiencing major breakage.

How did you feel immediately before and immediately after your big chop?
As soon as I decided I just wanted to go ahead and cut it, I was determined and nervous. I knew that I couldn’t wait too long or I would chicken out. So I decided on a Friday morning to do it, then I called my stylist. I didn’t hear back from her that day, so I called a family member, and she cut it for me the next day. She cut it dry, so I went home and washed it right after and I hated it. The next day, it was dry and shrunken and not at all how I pictured it, and I hated it more.

How do you feel now?
Now I love it. It has been almost 3 weeks and, after the first 2 days, I started experimenting with products and most have worked for me so far. I think I look better than I ever thought I would have with the short hair. I can see already that my natural hair just looks better with my face and I’m excited to experience the different lengths as it grows out. I feel a different confidence than I did before that I think comes with being comfortable with being myself – unedited – and not caring about other’s opinions about how I look. I get complimented daily on my hair since I big chopped, but I know that, even without the compliments, I would still love it because it feels like me.

What is your current regimen? Go to products?
It’s only been a few weeks, so I’m still fine tuning. So far, co-washing is working well for me. I washed with Giovani 50/50 right after my big chop and haven’t used a shampoo since. I co-wash every 3 to 4 days with V05 Moisture Milk conditioner. I follow with Aubrey Organics White Camellia Conditioner (sometimes adding EVOO) and rinse with cool water. I use Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave-in. I use Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Hair Milk as a moisturizer/styler and then seal with castor oil. I very loosely two strand twist my hair at night. If I don’t, my hair will be matted and flat in the morning. The twisting helps with a little stretch as well as preserving my curls overnight. In the morning, I take down my twists and fluff my hair with my fingers to give it the shape I want. Sometimes I will use a little pure Aloe Vera Gel to help define some curls.

I just tried an apple cider vinegar rinse and, so far, I think I love it. I deep conditioned with Aubrey Organics White Camellia Conditioner and EVOO on dry hair before I co-washed. Then, I co-washed with V05. After I co-washed, I rinsed my hair with the ACV rinse. I then applied a little more Aubrey Organics conditioner. I reapplied the conditioner, because I read stories online about some people experiencing frizz and I thought that the conditioner could help avoid that. I worked the conditioner through and finger detangled, then rinsed it out with cool water. After that, I proceeded with my usual regimen. The next morning, when I took out my twists, my hair was softer and the most moisturized since my big chop. Now, I just have to figure out how often to do the ACV rinse.

What are your hair plans/goals?
Right now, my hair goal is to grow my hair out while keeping it healthy. Since I have a twa (2 1/2″ to 3″), my short-term goal is chin length, then I will move to shoulder length. Eventually I want it past my shoulders.

What, if any, “Hair Crazies” have you developed since big chopping?
So far, it’s just hard not to feel on my curls all day! And all the hair sites are, like, brand new all over again! LOL

Do you have a hair crush? If so, who and why?
I love Shelli and Curly Nikki’s hair, because both heads of hair look so healthy, shiny, and bouncy. I love Corrine Baily Rae and Yvette Nicole Brown. I see naturals all the time that aren’t famous that have beautiful hair and they are rocking it with confidence – those are my true inspirations that always made me pause and rethink my relaxer.

Who is your favorite natural blogger, youtuber and/or fotkier and why?
I haven’t really followed many YouTubers or Fotkiers. Curly Nikki was the first blogger I found and I loved her site, because there was soooo much information. And I loved the different hair stories that I found on there. I found Hairscapades through Curly Nikki and I liked how Shelli shares so much of her personal experiences and also reviews product information. These sites have been the easiest for me to follow and I go to them every day because I want more!

Anything else that you would like to add?
I would encourage anyone thinking of transitioning or big chopping to research and soak up as much information as possible. I know that there is so much out there that can be confusing or overwhelming. But, I think the more informed you are, the more likely you are to step out and take the natural leap.

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Etoile’s Final GOC Update

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Etoile (Second Wave) of The Curvealicious Chronicles

Hair:
All I can say is #LOVINGIT!

After transitioning for over a year and a half, I booked an appointment at the start of the GOC to see the hair guru herself, Tameeka of Jaded Tresses at Christo Fifth Ave for my big chop; it was the single best hair decision I have EVER made.

Tameeka has taught me how to style and care for my curls and she gave me an absolutely incredible hair cut! And, as a result, my hair has truly flourished and grown in the last six months!  Additionally I seem to have cured my severe case of PJ’ism (well at least for hair products); and I stumbled upon the  Condition, Shampoo, Condition method, which works really well for me.

My Hair Care Regimen & HG Products

Weekly

  • Pre-Poo overnight with olive oil, jojoba oil, or Treasured Locks Argan Oil.
  • Wet my hair under the shower stream and apply either HEHH or Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner, then finger detangle.
  • Shampoo with Doris New York Reconstructor Shampoo. For winter I have modified this step and dilute with water in an applicator bottle and apply to my scalp, massage my scalp to evenly distribute the product and rinse under the water stream allowing the product to cleanse my hair length as it rinses out.
  • Detangle in the shower with HEHH Conditioner or Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner.
  • Step out of the shower and deep condition my hair with Doris New York Mud Minerals Pack or Doris New York Extreme Deep Conditioner. (I recently discovered Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask and I LOVE it. I will be adding this to my list of HG Deep Conditioning Products.
  • Apply leave-in conditioner, Doris New York Leave-In Conditioner or Kinky Kurly Knot Today or my Modified Kimmaytube LIC recipe (I substitute olive oil for the castor oil).
  • Apply Doris New York Olive Oil Cream to seal and add additional moisture and sheen.
  • Lightly diffuse my hair with the blow dryer on medium warm.

Diet:
Umm, well, what had happened was … the holidays came, I started baking and cooking and fell completely off the diet plan and onto the, “Well at least I am getting a healthy dose of protein with this Truffle Butter Mac n’ Cheese Plan.” And the, “Sweet potatoes are good carbs, so I am getting a healthy dose of good carbs from this Sweet Potato Pie That I Just Ate By Myself in Three Days Plan.”

Yea, I know … *hangs head down in shame*

Fitness:
I participated actively in sit-butt-on-couch-and-channel-surf-with-the-remote-control-for-finger-dexterity over the holidays.

But I am happy to say that I have gotten off the couch and started moving my body again! I recently purchased the Brazilian Butt Lift DVD and have discovered muscles that I did not know I had. I have also signed up for Zumba at my gym!

New Goals:
On the diet front, I have resumed my healthy eating habits and set a weight loss goal of 25 pounds by July 1, 2012 and a reward of a shopping spree once I achieve it!

Thank you so much Shelli! I love your blog and sharing my healthy hair and body journey with this amazing community! I CANNOT WAIT until the GOC PT2!!!!!

Etoile

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