There was a time when any dye on my hair would leave me with stressed out, frizzy, straw-like tresses. Adding color in was very damaging and I can’t even describe the pain I felt when seeing the results of the bleaching I had done to lighten my natural color. And then there are all those pesky grays that keep coming back. They litter the hairline around my face, aging me at least 20 years. So, color has become a regular coping method for me. This is also the main reason I big chop every two years. I get bored and need change. Coloring my hair was one of the easiest (albeit damaging) ways to shake things up for my appearance without a huge commitment (like adding more tattoos on my person) and keep my somewhat youthful appearance. Oh the things we do to “self medicate” lol.
Enter 2018! In January, I decided I was done with the cycle I’ve been caught in since I went natural. I am so tired of cutting my hair off every couple of years because my poor tresses couldn’t handle the damaging styling choices I keep making. And even when I baby my hair with the best and expensive products on the market, things just weren’t aligning very well for length retention. Man, I have been natural for over 10 years and the fact that every business venture I have tackled since becoming an entrepreneur has centered around protecting natural hair is a huge kick in the gut because again, I can’t seem to get past shoulder length curls!
Necessity is the mother of invention. This was true with my satin lined hat collection. I couldn’t wear the beautiful hats and accessories I was shipping all over the world to people who had fallen in love with my designs. And now, the same is absolutely true for my hair care systems, based on porosity.
Last week, I bleached my hair almost platinum and then dyed it red all in the span of 24 hours. I must have been NUTS to put my hair through that kind of trauma. But… not so fast! My curls are still not only in tact but shiny and bouncy. My coils are thriving still and healthy too. There is minimal frizz and I am confident that finally, I have found the answer to my hair woes!
I have high porosity hair. This explains why relaxers only lasted 3 weeks for me. It also explains why colors didn’t last past a month and my hair was always super dry and straw-like. Now I seal the hydration in properly with the Caheez Hair Care natural hair butter and growth oil. It keeps the hair hydrated from within and keeps the elasticity and bounce flourishing!
I am so excited to wear my new color with pride! I am even more excited that the color didn’t totally destroy my locks. Thanks GOD for the revelation that lead me to create these systems. I can’t wait to see how long my hair will grow now! Waist length, here I come!
My name is Carla Helené. I am a cheeky naturalista, serial entrepreneur, speaker, educator and self love advocate who encourages women to embrace their truth, love themselves and make margaritas out of life’s lemons. Is there a recipe for this? I’m not sure I but I know we can figure it out together.
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