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Sasha’s First Trim!

By:  NaturaLeah On:  May 29, 2011 0 Comments

Ok ladies, it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on my personal natural hair journey. I’ve been experimenting with styling techniques and products. So, I definitely want to post my review of As I Am curling jelly. Stay tuned…

But for now, I wanted to share some pics and my experience during my first trim as a full-fledged natural! When I was relaxed, I got my trims every 6-7 weeks. But its been 5 months since my BC and I haven’t had one! So, I called Dana Augustine of Elliptical Naturals to get my hair in order. I know she has a lot of experience with natural hair and she was able to calm my (possibly irrational) fear of totally wrecking my curl pattern when straightening. Since its the summertime (and very hot and humid in Atlanta), I had no intentions of leaving it straight. But I wanted to give it a good shaping. So, here’s my experience in a nutshell.

1. My hair was washed, conditioned and I was put under the dryer with a warm wet towel covered with a plastic shower cap.

2. Then, the conditioner was washed out, my hair was sprayed with Jane Carter Leave-in conditioner (I recognize that smell anywhere) and de-tangled using the Tangle Teezer. This was my first experience with the Tangle Teezer and it worked like a charm!

3. Next, Dana blew out my fro on high heat (see pic below)

My First Blowout

I absolutely LOVED the blow out. I didn’t think I would, but I loved the body and movement it had….very Foxy Brown ;-)

4. Then, after the blowout, Dana lightly flat-ironed my hair using the GHD (Good Hair Day) flat iron. She loves the GHD flat iron because it automatically adjusts its heat setting based on the porosity and texture of your hair. This lessens the risk of heat damage.

5. Next, she trimmed and shaped my hair (see pic below).  I love the cute little round shape :-)

6. Then, it was “back to reality” as she put it. Using her famous curl defining technique (and EcoStyler Krystal mixed with a little curl activating gel to reduce the crunch), she whipped my curls right into shape! Here are a couple of pics midway and all done! Oh yeah, after she was finished applying the gel, she told me to shake. I tossed my head back and forth a few times and she said, “No. REALLY shake!” So, I shook my head until I was dizzy. And it really made my curls pop :-) She said this was a way to elongate the curls so that they’re not packed in so tight.

So, that’s it!  I had a great experience during my first trim.  And Dana made it very painless and fun!  I definitely recommend you ladies here in the Atlanta area check her out at www.myhairtexture.com.

So, what about you ladies, how often do you get your natural hair trimmed?

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