I have always been natural except for a few stints with relaxers that didn’t turn out well. However, I didn’t start focusing on caring for my hair until six years ago.
If you have been reading my hair story and have been wondering what my hair looked like, this post is for you. I have put together pictures starting from 2007 up until 2013. In 2013 we moved from the US to Albania, where we would live for the next two years before we moved to Zambia. In the next post I’ll share pictures of my hair journey from the time we moved to Albania to present day.
In 2007 I decided to relax my hair at home and after a few months of dealing with the aftermath, I cut my hair into a bob.
2008 – My hair is on minimum maintenance. I flat ironed my hair a lot in order to accommodate my traveling life style.
I did braid-outs now and then but they didn’t last longer than a day.
Fast forward to 2010 – I started learning about hair care and I started my hair journey. This picture was taken in Ethiopia in January 2010, a few days before our wedding.
April 2010 – A month after I started immersing myself in healthy hair care. I still straightened frequently.
July 2010 – I continue to frequently straighten my hair. But because of the steps I’m taking to care for my hair, I noticed less damage when straightening.
September 2010 – I started experimenting with low-heat or heat-free styles. I purchased a hair dryer and started doing a roller set at home.
February 2011 – I wore more braid outs and flat ironed my hair less. I was beginning to notice that my hair had more shine and looked healthier.
October 2011 – Seeing results encouraged me to continue with my heat-free regimen. The braidout was my go-to style.
January 2012 – I started to notice faster hair growth. Or perhaps I was retaining my length better. This is also the time that I found out that I was pregnant!
April 2012 – I stayed away from heat and stuck to my signature braidout style.
May 2012 – I got my hair done in a salon after 6 months of heat-free hair care.
June 2012 – My belly was starting to grow fast. So was my hair! Maybe the prenatal pills contributed to faster hair growth.
August 2012 was my baby shower. I was one month away from having my daughter.
November 2012 – Maya was born in September. My hair was mostly in a bun during this time and I straightened it every once in a while.
January 2013 –Three months after I had maya, I started to experience some post-natal shedding and breakage but it was manageable.
May 2013 – My hair continues to thrive as I prepare to move from the US to Alabania, our home for the next two years.
June 2013 – Before I left the US, I had my hair done at the salon. This would be one of the last times I get my hair done at a salon for a while.
In my next post I’ll share pictures of my hair from the time we moved to Albania to its current state. Stay tuned!