Hey Jos! You’re Training and Transitioning?!

Hey Everyone! After a long hiatus I’m back!!

 

So here’s what’s new:

 

1.        I’m transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair

2.        I’m training for my first half marathon                               

I am currently about 11 months into my transition from relaxed to natural.  I decided to do it because I simply want to be able to wear my hair in its natural, curly state AND I have challenged myself to grow my hair to my waist when it’s straightened.

I have decided to do a long term transition with a “medium chop” along the way.  Typically you hear of women doing a “big chop” and cutting their hair into these really cute afros.  The reason why I’m choosing to do a “medium chop” is not to devastate myself too much in an extreme cut lol. I have scheduled my “medium chop” to take place in November, a little more than a year after my transition I’ll keep you guys posted when it happens.  :-)

 

So about this half-marathon training:  This will be my first half-marathon and the training is pretty intense!  I have to run four times a week and cross-train once a week.  With 5 workouts each week, my hairstyles have to be pretty simple.  When I work out I sweat from my scalp so I have no techniques to save hairstyles during workouts.  All I do is put a little moisturizing crème on my hair and pull it up into a ponytail and get to work:

 Me in a ponytail after a run!

Me in a ponytail after a run!

 

When my hair was fully relaxed, it was easy to switch up styles because my hair was bone straight.  But now I that I have several inches of curly hair I have to be more diligent about my laying my edges down:

 

 My natural curl pattern while wet with conditioner

My natural curl pattern while wet with conditioner

 

 

Once a week I shampoo my hair using a clarifying shampoo, deep-condition under a dryer for 20 minutes, and blow-dry my hair straight.  I keep my edges damp and add moisturizer and gel and these are the results:

 

 Bun with a front twist

Bun with a front twist

 

This allows me to keep my hair out of my face during exercises and still look presentable and neat while I’m out and about. 

 

So that’s what things are looking like lately!  Have you transitioned to natural?  What were your go-to hairstyles and techniques?

 

 -One of my favorite twist outs!   

-One of my favorite twist outs!

 

 

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