Over the next few weeks, I’m dedicating Wednesday’s on the blog to talk about hair. After posting about my hair journey last week I got a couple questions about what my hair looked like before its current tapered curly fro look. You can check out my Instagram archives for a look at some of my favorite styles from the past three years, but below are some pictures I snapped over the past 10 years of my hair journey, from my college days to today.
In college and for a few years after I was the queen of the weave. I would play with everything from only a few tracks in my hair to add fullness and volume to nearly full weaves with just my edges out.
The versatility of weaves was fun. One month I could be straight, the next curly, the next short.
After about 7 years of wearing some sort of added pieces in my hair, over Christmas break from work in 2010 I decided to experiment with ‘going natural’. This was day one after my first twist out, which I set on rods to get the ends to curl up.
Even though I didn’t have a perm, prior to this I had always pressed my hair with heat, which pretty much knocked out my curl pattern permanently. I had a lot of heat damage as you can see here.
So throughout the first two years or so of ‘being natural,’ every couple months I had my sister, who is a professional stylist, cut off a few inches of damaged hair. Despite being a bit shorter, you can see how my hair is getting healthier and fuller at the ends.
I experimented with a lot of different styles when I had longer hair. Everyday was a new adventure in styling, often because I never new how my hair would take to my twist out the night before. Natural hair can be unpredictable at times, but I loved how versatile my hair was.
The puff was always an easy go to style for me.
And updos and pinned styles were also fun.
I loved to play with hair accessories like bows too. I had about 15 different adornments to choose from.
And I would even go back to pressing once or twice a year, with my sister being very conscious of the heat level so my hair would revert back to the natural curl easily when washed.
I loved the way my face looked when my hair was pulled up or off of it. This hairstyle specifically got me thinking a hair cut could really be in my near future.
So in January 2013, I took the plunge and went for a tapered fro of sorts, cut at Devachan salon.
The short cut really made my curl pattern pop. I never knew I could rock a wash ‘n go before, but that’s what I’ve been wearing exclusively ever since.
About 9 months ago, I decided I wanted to go for something a little different, a little more funky, without changing the shape. So in January 2014 I decided to go for vibrant red.
And here I am today!
Make sure to stay tuned every Weds for more on hair, including insight into my regimen, product reviews, tips and and more!