The feeling of hesitation always came over me when I had to call for a hair appointment. "Can I go another week without going? Ugh! Of course, I can not wait! This hair looks a mess!" I guess I'm not girly enough, but I've always hated going to the beauty salon because it meant a number of things:
- Your stylist has triple booked appointments and your appointment is smack dab in the middle. You might as well cancel EVERYTHING you may have planned that day.
I remember I had a hair appointment on a Saturday around 5pm, but of course, my hair stylist did not start with me until 7pm.. I should have left, but I was in serious need of a relaxer and I just could not wait another week. Well, my hair was not done until well after midnight.. MIDNIGHT! My appointment was at 5pm! Don't believe me, take a look at my Facebook "On this Day" reminder from 2009:
See what I mean? Talk about UPSET! I was boiling because I had plans at 9pm, but of course, I spent the night at the beauty salon.
2. Relaxers began to damage my hair and scalp tremendously.
I started getting relaxers at the age of 9 and I have always hated it. The smell made me slightly sick to my stomach. Without fail, I always had a chemical burn on my scalp. At times when the relaxer was left on a little too long, my scalp would be so tender to the touch that I would have headaches. If I happen to wrap my hair after getting a relaxer when I got home, the next day, my hair would STICK to my scalp where the chemical burn occurred. Horrible and painful experience.
I decided to wait a little while before I got another relaxer. So, about 3 months later, I found another hairstylist that I thought would take care of my hair because she specialized in "natural relaxers". Let's just say, my hair DID NOT agree and it started to come out. A few years I kept trying to get the right relaxers and treatments until I couldn't take it anymore. I gave it up. I WAS COMPLETELY DONE WITH RELAXERS...PERIOD! No offense to anyone who gets relaxers, it just didn't work out for me. Sorry.
After researching natural hair care, I came across an Etsy store that specializes in all natural, no chemicals, handmade products for those wanting to explore a safer way of maintaining your hair. I found a store called KJNaturals and I immediately emailed Katrina, the owner. I explained to her that I had been transitioning to natural for about 6 months and she kindly explained the different products that would help with my transitioning hair and even gave me a free sample after ordering her products! One of the first things I purchased was the Coconut Cream Hair Growth Conditioner.
Whoa! This stuff gave my hair life! No, really, actually LIFE! I applied this to my hair after I shampooed my hair (Shampoo review on a later post, yes I know it's backwards) and left it on for 30 minutes, sat under the dryer and rinsed it out and my hair was manageable and felt moisturized. I honestly have never felt that before with any conditioner.
When my hair was a little more than damp, I applied the Marshmallow "Slip", which is a detangling cream and leave-in conditioner.
I literally ran my fingers through my hair. No tangles! Thank you, Jesus! On the website, there's a variety of different scents for the Marshmallow Slip for you to choose. Lastly, you got to have those edges LAID! That's where the Jamaican Jelly comes in!
I applied this all over my edges and tied my hair in my satin head wrap and called it a night. This stuff is awesome! I woke up to my edges slicked down and wavy! I was sold! I knew I finally found a product that helped with those pesky edges!
So you can imagine after I used these products for the first time, I knew I made the right decision to go natural. I felt better knowing I would never have to smell and suffer from getting relaxers any longer. The road was not easy going from a relaxer to natural. There were plenty of days I just wanted to give up, but I kept envisioning the chemical burns and all those HOURS stuck in a beauty shop, that quickly helped me get through. If you are considering going natural, try it out. Some people love being natural while others tried it and couldn't go through with it.
For me, those 7 hours stuck in the beauty salon changed my life.. for the better.
Ever have a horrible experience at a beauty salon? Let me know! Leave me a comment below.
To contact Katrina, go to her shop on Etsy: KJNaturals and leave her a message about any of your hair concerns. She works with all hair types.