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No Lye, the Last Relaxer

On 21 April 2009 I had my last relaxer. I had just come out of microbraids and was surprised at the amount of length I had retained after just the five or six weeks. I don’t remember what exactly happened that made me decide that I wanted to go natural. However, this was my second attempt, as I had tried to go natural the previous year for about 10 months. Here is a photo of my hair about a month after my last relaxer in late- May 2009.

relaxed hair curls

This picture was taken in August 2009 about 4 months after my last relaxer.

8-12-09 flat iron     Anyway, I transitioned from relaxed to natural, and around March of 2011, I cut about one inch of the remaining relaxed ends off my hair.  I was officially a natural hair girl.

I started experimenting with more natural styles and having some fun rocking puffs, and bantu knot outs. At this point I had become grossly addicted to hair care forums, I was learning a ton and quickly becoming a product junkie.  I knew there were lots of videos on YouTube, but for some reason at this time I found the forums and webpages I could read, more helpful than watching someone do their hair.

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Lurker No More

…..So, I’ve been following a ton of blogs, have a slight addiction to watching videos on YouTube (but who doesn’t), and have been known to belong to a few forums. But at some point it is time to cease being a lurker. That time is now!  So here I am, starting with one word at at time. Not even sure what the focal point of my blog will be, but essentially all that is important to me. From Hair Care, Makeup, Fashion, Travel, Poetry/Spoken Word, and Pop Culture… this is my $0.02. So follow me on this journey as I start Living Out Loud.

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