Forced big chop

by Tiera

I have had relaxers since I can remember and never had to deal with my natural texture. Last spring, I dyed my hair blonde.

I've dyed my hair tons of colors before and never had an issue, but I had never bleached it before. Since I've been doing my relaxers since middle school, (about 10 years now) I didn't bother to read the instructions; BIG MISTAKE!

I didn't notice the portion about not relaxing bleached hair.

My hair began falling out in chunks as soon as I started washing out the relaxer. I was in shock. It was the most traumatic day of my life. By the end of it, I had lost 50% of my hair.

I had large chunks missing from the back and sides. I was able to put it into buns and style it with headbands until I figured out what to do. The hair I did have left was completely fried.

I began researching ways to grow hair back fast on the Internet and came across a few natural blogs. Before then I had never heard of it. I kept my hair in protective styles using wigs and then extensions when my hair grew some new growth. I was too embarrassed to go to a salon or to seek any professional help.

I go to college in a small town and knew word would spread quickly if anyone found out. My hair grew pretty quickly so when I had three inches of new growth I finally did a BC. I felt so awkward with my short hair that I still use weaves until I get used to it.

As a result of my tragic incident, I have decided to never use chemicals on my hair again. I have really grown to admire the girls of the natural world and look forward to when I am comfortable with my hair length again. I think this forced big chop is what fate had in store for me. In the last few months I have started to develop more self confidence thanks to blogs like this one.

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Mar 11, 2015
Praise God! Your Hair Grew Back
by: Anonymous

I'm so happy for you. There are many women whose hair never grow back. Relaxers and hair dyes together affected my hair as well. My hair fell out and what was left was very thin and would not hold a curl. So I wore my hair braided for a few years so that I could start over with new natural hair. It's been a couple of years and I am so happy with my hair. In the summer I wear it natural, in the winter I straighten it with a hot comb and curling irons. I can still dye my hair and it's still healthy. But I will never put a relaxer in it again. I hope you are happy with your hair now. Peace and Blessings

Feb 04, 2015
Hair Mishaps Happen!
by: Eva


Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so glad your hair is growing back and you are starting to learn about it.

Trust me I know about mishaps. Even though I have been natural for a while, they happen to me as well. During my mishap last year, I learned a lot about my hair and experimented more with new styles because I had to.

Use this time to continue doing what you are doing. Of course be careful with the installation and care for weaves and extensions, but if maintained properly, you can grow your hair out on your terms.

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