so, it’s interesting how this ties in with our recent discussion on relaxed hair. bublnbrnsuga has some of the thickest, longest and most beautiful natural hair i’ve ever seen. well, had. she chose to relax (motions lye relaxer) in october 2008.
her hair is gorgeous both ways. but i was surprised she relaxed, since i felt she had the best of both worlds — the health of natural hair with the option to straighten if she wanted a relaxed look. so, i asked her about it…
BGLH: was this your first relaxer? were you relaxed before?
B: My first relaxer was in 1998, my second year in college. I snuck behind my mother’s back and got an Affirm relaxer. She was not happy!!
BGLH: why did you do it again after going natural?
B: I was at a standstill with my natural hair or so I thought. I was not at my official goal length afer 6 years of being natural. My hair at this time would just hang — no personality. To remedy this, I knew I would have to cut my hair but at the time, I didn’t want cutting my hair to be a mainstay as a natural. So I sacrificed hair length over health and relaxed. I thought this time, from me being a part of haircare forums, I would know how to manage relaxed hair better than before.
BGLH: so now you’re transitioning back to natural. i know you mentioned something about straight hair frizz… which interested me because you said that you liked your natural frizz. you also mentioned shedding. could you elaborate?
B: Yes, when I was natural I embraced the frizz because my main styles were wild and free. As a relaxed head, my styles are mainly straight with body, but along with this comes frizz. It defeats the purpose of relaxed hair when all it does is frizz. My hair has been shedding a lot, too. I can comb my hair daily with my K-Cutter and long strands will come out. Sometimes I can just rub my hair and I will get a few strands this way,too. Some say it’s normal because the hair sheds daily, but I wasn’t sure.
BGLH: what is your plan for transitioning back to natural?
B: This time I am going to transition for 10 months and chop. I have been going to the beauty shop weekly to get roller wraps, to maintain my relaxed hair look.
the frizz (according to bublnbrnsuga)
interesting stuff. i also asked her about her haircare regimen when she was natural, but i’ll post those responses in a few days. (here’s the link to her fotki page to get your own sneak preview.) for now, i want to hear what you think. and again, all views are welcome.