When sitting and deeply thinking about something harmful that I am addicted to it took
awhile for me to come to terms with the ONE and only addiction that I have.
Coloring & Bleaching my hair.
I have never:
tried any drugs
rarely drank alcohol
eat lots of junk food
or even drank caffeinated drinks.
I am fairly borderline boring besides the fact that
I am ADDICTED TO CHANGING MY HAIR.
Here is my story and eye opener:
I started coloring my hair when I was 15 year old.
For the longest time I was a tom boy and had naturally long dirty blond hair.
The first color I ever did was burgundy underneath and low lights up top.
After that it was a spiral of different colors.
Strawberry blonde, dark brown, blonde with red low lights, platinum blonde, chestnut brown it never ended.
Along with all the colors I also had issues with ever growing my hair out again
because I was constantly ruining my hair with chemicals.
I started wearing my first set of clip in extensions when I was 17 years old.
Ever since then the longest I have went without extensions is the 6 months I was away for Army training.
You would think in that time frame my hair was healthy as can be.
Not the case at all.
The constant buns and helmets pulling my hair resulted in even more damage and I cut my hair off at AIT.
This is where we will start our journey.
The top photo is when I cut my hair off during Army Training.
The bottom photo is ALL MY REAL HAIR after two and a half years and two pregnancies.
I still wore my clip in extensions mostly everyday but I stopped coloring my hair as much.
Between these photos I colored my hair dirty blonde then back to platinum.
Then a few months later I decided I wanted RED hair.
I colored it a strawberry blonde then hated it.
Colored it again dark red then hated that too and went back platinum.
After I went back to platinum I stopped coloring my hair (besides root touch ups) for a whole
YEAR and 8 months!
Sadly I just HAD TO color my hair and not only
My hair was so fried it would fall out if I even brushed it.It felt like cotton candy when it was wet and would take forever to dry.
This was July 2014
I got most of the damage in the ends cut off and decided to color my hair a dark repairing color
that way I wouldn't have to have any bleach on my hair at all while it repaired.
I tried everything to hide the fact that I had fried my long beautiful hair.
Braids, hats, twists, curls to blend and double sets of extensions.
And even though these all worked to hide it they were also preventing my hair from getting healthy again.
As you can see my hair was slowly growing but as it grew it got thinner at the bottom.
I finally took the plunge and chopped off my hair to my shoulders!
How I plan on repairing and growing out my hair:
stop styling my hair everyday
air dry when wet
don't comb when wet
k-pac shampoo & conditioner
only wash 2-3 times a week
Eventually I do want to go back platinum before our wedding in October.
I want to do monthly updates and growth comparisons until our big day.
I will share what products I have been using and what I find helps.
I haven't came up with any cool names yet like
-Racing our wedding day
or something along the lines of growing my hair out before our wedding.
If you have any crafty ideas comment below!
I have never openly admitted that I wore extensions or that I fried my hair.
It took a lot for me to come out in the open about this all and I thank you all for being supportive.
It honestly means so much to me.
YOUTUBE:: Catching up with Crystal