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New Color and Going Natural!

So it all started with me wanting to surprise my husband when he came home from his trip.  I tried to make my long near-black hair platinum blonde.  I hear the chorus of “uh ohs” in the distance, and they’re right.  Not understanding the science of hair color, I thought that simply grabbing the lightest blonde shade available (for AA hair) would give me the same flaxen hair as Miss Mary J. Blige (love her!).  Of course Iwas WRONG.  I was welcomed by an orange mess that I couldn’t get rid of no matter how many times I bleached–like four times in two weeks. 

My husband saw what I had done when he came home.  He felt so sorry for me, he gave me money to get color correction done by a professional.   After carefully researching my options, I found a wonderful stylist who specialized in high-lift hair tones.  After some strand tests to find out what would work, she found a viable solution.  My hair came out a nice golden blonde on the first three inches.  The rest would refuse to give up the orange.  After unsuccessfully trying to tone the orange, it was clear what needed to be done:  chop, chop!

I hadn’t planned on going natural until my grays started coming in.  Getting that big haircut ahead of scheduled convinced me to decide to go on the natural journey early.  Since I get my hair bleached, I am not going to go back to relaxers–I think relaxing was the reason so much of my hair fell out after my last touch up (gee, ya think?).  Anyway, since my hair was extremely vulnerable at that point, my stylist (hi, Ms. B.J.!) recommended a BKT.  She gave me a brochure, showed my her certification with some info and let me think about it.  My wonderful husband shelled out the $300 for me to get it done.

I cannot express enough how much my hair turned around with just that one treatment.  It went from weak, fragile, breaking and dull to shiny, strong and healthy feeling.  I got the treatment that requires at least 72 hours before wetting the hair; hard to do when I’m tempted by our pool and going to gym classes at college.  Somehow I managed to get through it.  Let me tell you, when I say that my hair after cleansing was much more managable, I mean it.  My natural curl was looser, but still there.  The comb went through from root to tip like a hot knife through butter.  Within a week, my husband noted that my hair not only looked thicker, but felt thicker, too.  Lo and behold, he was right!  I can easily see that I will be making BKT a part of my hair care routine. 

Without further ado, here are some pics =)

Before the blonde fiasco:

I used to have long hair.

After blonding and BKT:

On the road to natural....

Hair fall after last relaxer:

Uh-uh!Oh, hell naw!

Hairline now:

Relax again?  I don't think so!

I can’t wait to see where this natural journey takes me!

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3 Week/2 Month MegaTek Update

Well, I’ve been using MT for about 3 weeks now.  I apply it to my scalp twice a day (morning and night) and I have noticed new growth coming in, but it’s a little too early right now to see a significant difference.  The difference I DID notice is that my hair is stronger, getting thicker, and feels softer.  I also notice that my new growth is softer and easier to comb through in addition to my hair looking shinier.  I’m contstantly surprised at how much of a difference there is in lenght from when my hair is dry and when it’s wet.  I’ll continue to use MT along with my Ayurveda.  Hopefully by the end of this month I will finally hit APL.

ETA October 31,  2008:  It’s been about two months now and megatek has really helped to thicken my hair, and there is growth, too, but since I’m not using heat for a while (because I tend to abuse it and have to chop off hair as a result), I don’t know exactly how much.  As an experiment, I relaxed my hair about 3 weeks ago, to see what I could see.  Two weeks post I felt new growth coming up.  I just bought some Ovation Cell Therapy (OCT) to see if the growth can be increased.  I have a few strands touching APL right now, but it’s not full APL yet.  I’m hoping by my birthday at the end of November I will be there.  I’ll take comparison pics then =) I want to be really suprised, and I hope that I am…fingers crossed!

Before:

3 Weeks of MT:

3 month update coming in November

Hair Growth: MegaTek

As a curly-haired diva, you have a hard time being able to tell how much your hair has grown unless you wet it, straighten it, or pull a curl straight. Waiting for curly hair to grow seems like it takes a lifetime (if not longer). I have curly hair–well, it’s some curls and some waves–and when my hair is dry it looks like it is neck lenght. If I wet it, it goes past my shoulders. If I straighten it, it looks longer than that.

When I was a little girl, my hair was down to my waist. Fast forward-to the teen years and the introduction of chemicals: there goes my hair! From waist to nothing in 30 minutes flat. Now, years later my hair still doesn’t go any longer than a little past shoulder. Well, at least it used to. I’ve been trying an experiment to see if I can get my hair to at least go to my midback. In comes something called MegaTek.

Originally for horses, MegaTek is a rebuilder that some horse owners found out grows their own hair. Don’t ask me why horse owners were using stuff made for their horses, but I’m glad they did! I ordered some for myself after seeing remarkable results from a message board I belong to. Some of the ladies were growing their hair about an inch a month. So being the curious one that I am, I decided to see if I can regrow these stubborn bald patches in the front of my hairline. Lo and behold, I see some hair sprouting! A little too soon to tell about the overall growth, but my hair is thicker, stronger and much more managable. I’ll be taking comparison pictures in the first week of September.