Many of us don't get to experience our natural hair textures from childhood. My hair was chemically straightened (aka permed or relaxed) when I was 6 or 7 years old. Growing up I was in love with the Just for me hair relaxing kit for children. I would run around singing the song from the Just For Me relaxer commercial lol after getting my hair relaxed and styled. If my edges weren't laid down or my hair started to puff up a bit from new growth I was given another relaxer. That usually was every month. I can remember the smell from the relaxer when I was younger really making my stomach turn. I also remember being excited to have silky straight hair for the next few weeks. This became a ritual that carried on until my mid twenties. I discovered hair extensions after getting a really short haircut and hating it when I was 19 years old. I fell in love with the versatility that wearing extensions gives you. I went from short to long, straight to curly, and dark to honey blonde highlights. I did not care about my hair underneath my extensions. There were a few years that I don't even remember what condition my hair was in. I would only get it permed and or washed to be put right back into a weaved hair style. At 23 years old I decided to stop wearing weaves and go on a relaxed hair growth journey. There were many women on YouTube and blogs with long flourishing relaxed hair. I spent an entire 2 years trying different methods, products and hair growth supplements to grow my relaxed hair.
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