It’s been 18 months since I cut off all of my hair after transitioning for 7 months. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was so excited! And when it was all over with I was happy with the results and wondered why I’d waited so long to do it. The other day a young lady at the store was asking me about my hair. She had hers hidden underneath a wig and was scared to do the big chop. I encouraged her to do so. She has such a pretty face and small (er than mine) head, I told her to go for it.
Although I loooooved my short hair, I have enjoyed watching my hair transform over the last 18 months. Big and wild suits my personality, and of course I love having color. Never mind that my gray hairs were peeking out and coloring my hair was a necessity.
As you know, I am a wash and go girl. I’m not about that braid-out or twist-out life. It takes way too much time and the end result always, always looks ridiculous.
I have a few products that I love and tend to use every day. I co-wash nearly every morning with Suave Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner. Yes, I love more expensive conditioners, but I go through a big bottle about every 7-10 days. I detangle in the shower and then put my very favorite Original Moxie Shape Shifter throughout my hair to define my natural curls. Did you know that I am a sales consultant for Original Moxie? It’s something I got into earlier this year. I love being able to sell the products that truly work the best for me.
After I put in the Shape Shifter, I usually seal my hair with a little grapeseed oil or some other type of moisturizer. If it’s warm outside or I have nowhere to go, I let my hair air dry. If it’s a workday then I sit under my trusty hooded dryer for about 10 minutes. Although I have a ridiculous amount of thick hair, 10 minutes is plenty of time to take out the majority of the moisture so I can go about my business.
At night I sleep on a satin pillowcase. I usually pull my hair into a ponytail, but not always. I pride myself on keeping a pretty simple hair routine. I don’t have the patience to do much else!
That’s pretty much it for the last 18 months. I’ve had my hair trimmed once, otherwise I’ve been taking care of my hair myself. I’m looking forward to seeing how my hair transforms over the next 18 months. That will put me close to my 40th birthday. By then I’ll either be madly in love with my lioness mane, or completely ready to chop it all off again!