When it comes to my hair, I’ve always been free in experimenting with different cuts, colors, and styles. I’m pretty much fearless; I’ve cut my hair when people told me not to, I’ve colored my hair on my own whenever I felt like it (even though I have a sister who is a hair stylist). I’ve been fearless and, for the most part, it’s worked out well for me.
Right around the holidays I decided to color my hair using a brand from Walgreens. It was a decision made from pure boredom and things went completely wrong. My curl pattern changed drastically, and my hair became extremely dry and thin. The worst part was that this disaster happened hours before my friend’s baby shower.
After a few days in complete distress over my decision, my sister and friends gave me some helpful tips to get my curls back.
Step 1 – Accept What Is
I looked at myself in the mirror, cried, and reminded myself that its just hair, and it’ll grow back. Honestly, acceptance of my present situation helped me to become receptive to the helpful information that was given to me after. In the beginning, I was in denial and just wanted someone to magically make things better. The more I realized that the curls weren’t coming back on their own, the more frustrated I got.
Step 2 – Trim and Protein Treatment
I woke up the next day, after crying most of the night, and called my barber to schedule a cut ASAP. He took about an inch off, and then I ran to the nearest hair supply store for a protein treatment. My friend recommended the Two-Step Protein Treatment by ApHogee.
After washing my hair, I applied the treatment and sat under the dryer. When the treatment is dried into the hair, the hair becomes extremely hard, so do not comb hair. Once my air was dry, I rinsed the treatment out with warm water, and then applied a balancing moisturizer, left it in for a few minutes, then rinsed the moisturizer out.
I remember stepping out of the shower super nervous. I looked in the mirror and my curls were back. Not as defined or full as before, but they were back.
Step 3 – Leave-in-Conditioner
I applied Cantu Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner, like I usually do after each wash, to seal in moisture that I knew my hair was lacking. This stuff just works for me and my hair loves it.
Step 4 – Protective Style
I spent a few days rocking my hair in big braids under my head wrap until I was able to get some box braids. At this point I think my hair was probably more drained than I was. I rocked braids for about three months and when I took them out, the amount of recovery my hair experienced impressed me.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ll color my hair for a long time, especially not on my own. So if you see me, and you wonder what happened to that big, awesome, curly fro I once had, just remember that the summer’s near, and that afro is set to make a huge comeback.