The Cut

I finally did it – I cut my hair!

The inspiration came to me while I was chatting to my healthy hair friend Lebo – she gave me encouraging words, links to YouTube videos about set backs and was generally a listening ear – thank you Lebo!

So I cut my hair back to just over shoulder length – I enlisted my boyfriend to help me with the cut, under very strict instructions and hawk-like supervision 🙂 – he was under so much pressure! 😀

My hair looks so much better, I am so happy that I did finally take the plunge to cut it and get rid of all my thin ends and start on a clean slate.

So before I snipped, I went through my wash day routine and did a rollerset and flat ironed my new growth.

  • Prepoo: Coconut Oil for 20 minutes – no heat
  • Shampoo: Aunt Jackie’s Oh So Clean Moisturising & Softening Shampoo
  • Instant conditioner: The Body Shop Banana Conditioner
  • Deep Conditioner: Carebeau Beer and Egg Yolk Hair Treatment Wax, I sat under my heating cap for 45 minutes – this was the first time I was using this product, I bought it back in January. I found it quite satisfactory, not bad, but not great either, just in the middle.
  • Leave-Ins: The usual culprits – Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner, Motions CPR Triple Action Leave-In Conditioner and Coconut Oil
  • Moisturising and Sealing: AfroBotanics Conditioning Moisturiser and Olive Oil

I then proceeded to roller set my hair, I used the Schwarzkopf Smooth ‘n Shine Conditioning Foam Wrap, I used a different technique this time where I applied the foam wrap lotion to my whole head prior to putting in the rollers. Before I used to apply the foam to each section before I rolled it and I found that this left my hair very crunchy when it was dry. This new technique worked very well for me.

I sat under the dryer for 1 hour which was sufficient to dry my hair. I then took down the rollers and flat ironed my new growth because it was not straight enough for my liking. I loved how my hair came out, I should definitely do rollersets more often!

Anywhoo, here are the results of the cut – my chopped off hair measured about 9cm.
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  • Reply Lebogang Kutumela

    anytime 🙂 I so happy I could help… and I am so proud of u for the strength, Its not easy…

    It definitely looks healthier and better and watch how u will get back that 9cm in no time and thicker…

    April 15, 2015 at 11:32
  • Reply DontTouchHair

    It’s always hard to cut one’s hair. Just remember with health come length. How are things in SA? I’ve been hearing all this news. I hope you’re okay.

    April 15, 2015 at 12:31
    • Reply Lungi

      Will definitely remember that – thank you for the reminder.
      Things are still a bit tense in some areas, I am mostly staying away from parts of the city that could be volatile. Thanks for checking up.

      April 15, 2015 at 15:32
  • Reply Emprezz Abena

    It’s good to let thin ends go; healthy ends over length.

    April 15, 2015 at 14:46
  • Reply Becca

    Whattt I didn’t see this coming but healthy hair is important. You are really courageous to have cut it all at once 🙂

    April 16, 2015 at 08:10
    • Reply Lungi

      I actually chickened out in January after my relaxer, and I only cut a little bit. This time I just decided to get rid of all the bad hair. And it looks so much better shorter.

      April 16, 2015 at 15:27
  • Reply BaconAndEggs (@HRH_Yvette)

    He didn’t cut off much at all, which means you caught the setback early. Stay safe

    April 16, 2015 at 10:53
  • Reply Rachel Thwaites

    Wooo girl, cutting ain’t easy, ugh, but its necessary sometimes, and your hair looks nice post trim – p.s. the boyfriend is a keeper! lol! You have lots of months left in the year to grow back to your original length or past it, and even healthier than before! 🙂

    April 16, 2015 at 15:33
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