The last time I permed my hair was in 2012. I was in my Sisquo phase, also my party days. I was living in the dorms of The Art institute in Brooklyn Heights. I couldn't be bothered with hair and felt my sexiest without it. There is a certain type of woman who goes natural and experiments with colors. At the time, I was inspired by Sisquo's bleached low seizure. I loved how I felt and I enjoyed wetting my entire head when I showered. I thought I was going to have that cut forever.
I permed my hair for the last time in 2012 but I never stopped cutting and coloring. The perm wasn't the end of negligent hair choices. I wanted healthy hair but I also wanted to have fun.
I haven't been able to find that happy medium until now. Fast forward to 2017 and my hair is growing out from a tapered and colored cut. My current hair inspo is Issa Rae from Insecure. With just a few bobby pins, a headband, and a hair regimen, I've reignited my creativity by switching up my daily two strand twist.
Most importantly, I've stuck with a daily, weekly, and monthly hair regimen. I'm finding the best results from my weekly deep conditioning. I alternate between Hask's Charcoal Purifying Deep Conditioner and a DIY hair mask. My hair favors the avocado, banana, olive oil, and honey mask.
Every other week, between styles, I use Cantu's Apple Cider Vinegar Root Rinse which cleans my scalp from product build up. It gives me a fresh palette to work on when I'm trying a new style. If my hair favors a product, I alternate. If I use a product for too long, it just stops working. When I run out AsIAm Coconut Cowash, which my I use weekly. I condition my hair with Madam C.J Walker's Curl Conditioner.
It's been a long journey to find the products and regimen that work for me. But because I get bored easily, that's not always enough.
This summer I played with styles by experimenting without coloring or cutting my hair. My hair has never grown past my shoulders I'm determined to see how long it can get. So that means no more cuts, coloring, and minimal protective styling.
I must try new things, be consistent, and not be afraid to start over.