INTO THE FRO
Just typical, I decide to finally get my hair sorted out and it starts chucking it down with rain! When my hair was relaxed this used to be even more distressing (I have memories of leaving the hairdressers in a shower cap and hat back in NYC) but now it’s not really an issue.
You’ve not seen my natural hair much over the past two years and the reason for all of the experimentation with braids, wigs and weaves, was so I could let it grow out in peace. Previously it was all in a bit of a damaged and frustrating state (when your friend says you look like Michelle Obama upon leaving the salon, you know it’s time for a change) but now I feel a helluva lot more positive about my natural locks.
As much as I love my extensions, I wanted to learn a bit more about how to make the most of what I have and to give my hair a bit of a break. Step forward Aveda, they have a brilliant natural hair specialist at their Covent Garden salon and this is the result, my first twist out!
I’m no hair expert and arrived with way too much product on my barnet and no defined shape (it’s only been trimmed once in about a year and a half, ooops). After showing stylist-extraordinaire Subrina Kidd some of my Pinterest-inspo, she washed it with the Detoxifier shampoo, blow dried it with the Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother and popped in a bit of the Dry Remedy Daily Moisturising oil before giving it a good old trim into a more rounded style. Then she applied the Universal Styling Creme and Anti-Humectant Pomade for the twist out, before putting me under the drier and untwisting.
I hastily typed a lot of notes on my phone in the hopes that I can create this look at home, but the main thing I took from this is that my hair is a bit of an unknown quantity. Sometimes it may look a bit shorter and on other occasions a lot fuller, but it’s nothing to get stressed over.
I guess this was a bit of a much-needed hair MOT? I’m trying to chill out about the length and just embrace and learn more about it, until my next protective style. My new mid-year resolutions are to try and drink more water, stock up on some cod liver oil and to really figure out what products work, instead of all the random, willy-nilly purchases that have been a bit of a waste.
I’ve had so many dodgy salon experiences in the past (the worst is probably having a minor breakdown because I couldn’t put my wig on) but I never felt anything other than relaxed at Aveda and there’s a real focus on well-being with head massages and all sorts. I’m loving my new look and even some of the random reactions, my housemate says I now belong on a Dove commercial!