“I love my hair because it’s a reflection of my soul. It’s dense, it’s kinky, it’s soft, it’s textured, it’s difficult, it’s easy and it’s fun. That’s why I love my hair.”
-Tracee Ellis Ross
-Tracee Ellis Ross
So many women have gone through the process of having their moms comb and treat their hair when young, perming at a young age and then deciding to no longer perm and start over to go back to natural.
Perming hair seems like such a simple solution with hair coming out straight and beautiful, being very manageable and sometimes easy to maintain. If you were like me, you probably found yourself at the salon every week or every other week, getting your hair done and then every month or so, going back to get a touch up.
But then came the days when you could not make it to the salon, trying your best to take care of your hair yourself and the touching up grew farther and farther apart and your hair may have been subject to breakage due to not taking care of your hair the way that you should or breaking due to over-processing, heat damage, etc.
After about 20 years of perming, I decided to go back to natural, stopped perming and then about six months after, cut all my hair off and started from scratch and over two years later, learning my hair and loving the journey.
19 year old, R&B singer Diamalai from Queens, NY has been natural for about a year and four months since doing the big chop. This is her second attempt at going back to natural and trying to maintain healthy, natural hair and her hair has been growing very rapidly and healthily ever since.
Asked how she keeps her hair growing fast and healthy and she said “the co-wash is my best friend! Hair needs to be fed and given proper nutrition in order to grow. I sleep with pigtails to protect my ends and always keep my satin cap on.”
She washes and goes quite often and said that “the wash and go isn't necessarily a bad thing for the natural hair but it is important to keep hair moisturized.
To stretch her either, she either blow dries (with heat protecting products) or does twist outs while hair is wet, lets it dry for the morning and then untwists, sets and then goes!
Learning your own hair is a process and a journey but if you are a natural hair lover like Diamalai, you learn to love and do what it takes to keep it healthy.