MANE Events – Comparison of Hair from 2009 to 2012

Braid Out – 2009 vs. 2012

For inspiration purposes (and, of course, documentation for myself), I wanted to provide some pictures of my hair back in 2009 compared to my hair now in 2012. It has been a long journey, but I don’t regret anything that has happened along the way. Everything I have experienced has been a stepping stone in my learning process.  Some lessons were harder than others, but all in all, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  It has made me more aware of my hair and how to take care of it; I am more in tune with me.

When I first starting going natural (you can read about it here), I really didn’t know much about my hair to take care of it. I know some of you who are reading this have experienced it, too: the transition from bone straight, silky Puerto Rican/Indian to curls that curl up tighter than the width of a number two pencil… well, actually smaller for me.  #drasticchange
It’s a huge difference in how you treat your hair, how you comb it, what products you use and all that jazz.

From my experience, I would strongly suggest the following to anyone who wants to go natural or is natural but doesn’t know what to do with their hair or how to achieve HEALTHY hair:

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  • Stay away from intense heat. It will alter your curl pattern and that will create complications when styling and will effect the overall health of you hair. I know I had to cut off a lot of straight ends even after my hair was completely natural because of the heat damage I incurred. If you want to use heat, start on the lowest setting first and work your way to a higher one. You will have to relearn how much heat your hair can take before it is permanently damaged.  In this picture below, I got my hair blown out and straightened at the salon.  I ended up cutting most of it off due to heat damage (not all at once, but as time progressed).  My 2012 head of hair is thriving (even with the color & shaved sides).  Now, I am the only person who uses heat on my hair so if something goes wrong, I will know it is my fault!
Blow Out – 2009 vs. 2012
  • Moisturize your hair! In this case, WATER is your friend. Don’t be afraid to wet your hair and don’t be afraid to at least spritz your hair with water every day/night. Dry hair will lead to damaged hair and that, my friend, leads to breakage.  Pay special attention to your ends as those are the oldest parts of your hair and they will need that extra TLC.
Mini Twists – 2009 vs. 2012
  • Be patient while combing. Curls and kinks are not going to behave as straight hair would. Therefore, it is going to take a little more effort and carefulness when manipulating the curls. I would invest in a conditioner with major slip (slip allows for your comb/fingers to move through your hair pretty smoothly) and a comb/detangler that will not snag your hair. I live by the Tangle Teezer, but that’s my preference. You can read about it here
  • Trim when necessary. Stop trying to hold onto length!! What is a head full of hair that is damaged? Unhealthy. Trimming is necessary when trying to maintain the health of your hair. It eliminates split ends, any heat damage you may have, and knots. I used to go to the salon often, but I learned that a lot of what goes on in there I can do myself. I invested in a good pair of shears and I trim my own ends. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t need them trimmed often because I take good care of them. Additionally, when I get those naughty little single strand knots (small knots that form at the ends of my hair due to my tight coil pattern mixed with the manipulation of my hair) I can cut them and keep on trucking. No biggie. I typically trim on straight hair, but have trimmed it in it’s curly state as well.
Straight Hair – 2009 vs. 2012
  • Learn what works for YOUR hair. My hair and your hair are found on two different heads, therefore it will not be the exact same. Blame genetics for that. With that being said, just because it works for me doesn’t mean it will work for you and vice versa. Learn YOUR hair and learn what’s best for it. You can use platforms such as YouTube vloggers, blogs and forums to answer trivial questions or find what we like to call a “hair twin” that may have a similar texture as your hair. Oh, and of course you can use those platforms for styling purposes as well!! 
  • Health over length!!!!!! How can I stress the importance of this?  If you don’t take good care of your hair in the first place, there is really no way to achieve length and actually retain it!  Good/Pretty Hair = Healthy Hair (and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise).

And always remember to tell your hair: You is SMAAAARRRTT, You is KINDDDDDD, You is IMPORTANTTTTTT.

Note: In 2009, I had a head full of hair.  In 2012, I have shaved sides so the complete fullness is not there, but you are barely tell!
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  • Looking good!

  • Thanks Reese!

  • LOL @ the Help reference and that 2012 is HOT FIRE!!!!!…no shade to the ’09 you lol

  • No shade taken, Shannon.  LOL