FEED YOUR MANE IT NEEDS AND WATCH HOW IT’LL GROW

This is my personal visual representation of struggling hair versus healthy hair.

The pic on the left was taken in Dec. 2016. That was my silk press during my transitioning stage. The pic on the right was taken Nov. 2017, and was my first silk press since Dec. 2016. Even with color, you can tell how much fuller and healthy my hair looks.

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Okay, so now that you’re impressed and everything – what’s my secret to healthy colored hair? My #1 advice is you HAVE to feed your mane what it needs. Keeping your hair moisturized is always the first step. I mainly take use of water and oils in a spray bottle and I use it allllll the time. As soon as my hair feels dry, brittle, anything – I run to the spray bottle.

Also, protective styling. Wigs, braids of any sort, twists, anything low-manipulation where your hands aren’t constantly in your head is also a major key.

Take care of your hair, feed it what it needs, and sit back and watch how full and healthy it becomes. FACTS!

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Big chop vs. transitioning

I was actually terrified to do a big chop. I just kept thinking I would end up looking like this:

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No shade. There’s nothing wrong with having a mini-fro, but that just wasn’t the move for me. I personally, didn’t see the need to big chop right away. When I first realized that I was forreal, forreal going to start my natural hair journey, I was already a wig-a-holic at that point, so I just kept wigging it out and leaving my hair alone. Of course, I would wash and moisturize it regularly, but for the most part my hair would remain in Bow Wow cornrows, since that’s how I liked to wear my hair underneath my wigs.

I transitioned from December 2015 – March 2017. It was actually very easy for me because I utilized a variety of protective styles which included: wigs, box braids, senegalese twists, large twists, braid outs, fake buns/puffs, you name it. I also never used heat on my hair. I honestly couldn’t even tell you where my collection of flat irons are since I haven’t touched them in so long. During my transitioning period, I got my hair straightened and ends clipped once, and that was in January of 2017. That stylist actually slayed my hair, I still love how it looked.

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After I was protective styled out, I finally got to the point where I felt that a big chop was appropriate. I cut off the rest of my relaxed ends in March of 2017. I was super excited, however it took time to get used to my texture and find products that my hair liked (which I am still figuring out now).

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Dead ass how I looked after I big chopped. I still would find straight pieces daily that I would cut off. I would recommend seeing a stylist for a big chop versus doing it yourself LOL.

My advice would be, do what you think will work best for you. If you want to big chop right away and have a tiny fro like MJ, do you boo! There’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you want to give yourself time and utilize protective styling, I would say transitioning is a good route.

What option did you all take: big chopping or transitioning? Comment below!

Xoxo ~ NaturallyLisee