Hey DJ, drop the beat! — Allow me to reintroduce myself…my name is Jay, (oooh) J-to-the-A-Y….she’s a dope chick and that’s no lie. Needless to say my freestyle game is weak but you get the point. Given that Relaxed Thairapy has grown in followers, evolved in content and I now have transitioning hair, let me reintroduce myself.
Who is Jay?
I’m a down to earth southern girl looking to be a positive influence on others. I started Relaxed Thairapy in 2013 to help women achieve healthier hair after successfully growing my type 4, coarse hair to waist length.
I was fortunate to grow up with an aunt as a hair stylist so achieving healthy hair never was an issue while living at home.
I’ve had every hair style and hair color imaginable, even a jheri curl! Yikes.
Turning Point with My Hair
I would eventually move away from home and although my hair did fairly well, it was not as healthy as when my aunt cared for it. I was salon dependent and didn’t even wash my hair at home.
In 2008, my husband was diagnosed with cancer and I quit the salon cold turkey. I didn’t even bother to care for my hair at home. I did manage to wear at scarf at night though but that was about it.
As you can imagine, I did not have time nor the desire to frequent the salon. My hair broke off badly, especially around the edges. No doubt, it was the result of stress and neglect. I eventually would look in the mirror and recognize I needed a change. I Googled hair topics and the rest is history.
My hair eventually recovered but I went on to have many more setbacks throughout the years from using the wrong products, techniques and hair tools. Recently though, I decided enough was enough and stopped relaxing my hair altogether.
Journey In Pictures
Current Status: Transitioning Hair
My hair is somewhere around mid-back length and my goal is to maintain this length throughout my transition. Dealing with multiple textures with transitioning hair is so annoying but gosh, I love the thickness of my hair bun!
Did You Know?
Now that I have transitioning hair, many asked when will I change the name of my blog. I have thought about it but did you know, my blog is NOT named after relaxed hair. I chose the name Relaxed Thairapy simply because I find hair to be relaxing and therapeutic. I thought the name was pretty catchy when I selected but oh-em-gee it has been more of confusion than anything.
Although hair is where my heart is, my content has evolved to include topics such as beauty and lifestyle because I desire to be better me from hair to toe.
Where Am I Headed!
Although I am transitioning to natural hair, the mission is still the same – healthy hair! I would love to fully transition without big chop for as long as it takes but who am I fooling. Just as soon as I have enough length to work with, I can see myself cutting off the relaxed hair.
Although I don’t know my exact natural texture, I thought it would be the hardest to work with because it appears to be super kinky, then and now.
But get this, it’s the relaxed hair that’s most problematic. It gets tangled easily and coils around itself which is super annoying. I will definitely keep you posted as I charge forward to my next milestone – 2 years post relaxer in June 2016.
Forgive the grainy photos. Ya’ll know I grew up in the Polaroid and disposable camera era.
Ok Girlfriend, It’s Your Turn!
Reintroduce yourself and tell me a fun fact about you.