Backstory: My Journey to Healthy Hair Care...

and what I've learned along the way.

It's been a long road, but most certainly well worth it. When I was a little girl, Mommy Fab used to do the old school press and curl with on my hair with a hot comb and some grease. For a very long time I was rocking a spiky 'do that was about two inches long ala Halle Berry (except my in my opinion, my hair looked greasy), although since I've always had a lot of spunk it wasn't that big of a deal. After that (and starting to relax my hair) I wore braids with extensions for years, which helped me grow my hair to almost shoulder length (though if I knew then what I know now, I could of surpassed that).
Then I started my salon saga...which has had a few bumps along the way, that I mostly chalk up to my lack of hair care knowledge and doing things like: relaxing too often, flat ironing on a daily basis (which is BAD, BAD, BADD! especially since I wasn't using any heat protectant. I just sprayed my hair with some oil sheen and proceeded to flat iron it, thinking I was doing something smh), lots of bonded tracks (for those of you that don't know, that's when they add extensions to your hair using glue instead of sewing them in or something like that), and improper removal of the said tracks. Btw, I've been going to the same stylist (and I've tried the Dominican Salon 'round my way a few times) for almost 10 years and I'm not throwing any shade at all. She's really good at what she does, but I had to realize that it's up to me to figure out how to take care of my hair and treat it properly. It'd be ridiculous for me to run around abusing it, and expect her to wave a magic wand and fix it in a few hours. You can dress it up any way you want (and she definitely made my hair look good), but at the end of the day a mess is a mess.

I pretty much just treated my hair like something that was just there to cover my tracks, instead of focusing on it's health. Hey, you live and you learn right? Almost two years ago a light bulb went off (when I was looking up hair care stuff online, because I'd made up in my mind that I didn't wanna feel like I was going to be weave dependent for years to come), I realized that I wasn't on the right track when it came to taking care of my hair, and that if I took care of it properly it actually would grow and become healthier.
By means of research, reading, trial, and error, I learned a lot of things about how to properly care for my hair (and my sisters' hair, one of which has a wave nouveau, the other is relaxed), and I don't consider myself to be this all knowing hair care guru...but to paraphrase the words of the great Maya Angelou: now that I know better, I'm doing better. It took a lot of patience, but I nursed my hair from about chin length to now being a couple inches away from APL ( I should be there by August =D) by mainly spacing out my relaxers (once every three months), protective styling (styles that protect the ends of your hair. I usually go with sew in ponytails, with my own hair in a braid underneath), and being sure to keep my hair moisturized. My overall goal is somewhere around MBL (Mid Back Length), and to be able to do a gorgeous weave free rollerset that resembles Melanie Fiona's hair.

So that's my back story folks, and I'd like to take this time to introduce y'all to my new Hair Care page on the blog. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Stylishly Yours,
Ms. Fab

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