Hair Healthy


Hair (S)Care: The Background Story

I relaxed my hair up until my sophomore year of high school. Not only did I have those chemicals in it while I flat ironed it every day, but I also dabbled with hair dye every now and again. Heading into the summer of that year my hair was blonde, chemically relaxed and hot ironed when I went swimming in a chlorine pool and my hair started to turn a little discolored. And I’m not sure if it was the stress or what, but before I knew it, I was shedding A LOT more hair in the shower than I should’ve been. After freaking out, I went that night to the closest ethnic hair place that I could find (which happened to be about a 3 minute drive from my house). I sat down and said “I’d like to start wearing my hair natural and curly again, can you help me?” and before I knew it, she had cut off every last bit of hair that I’d had. I cried hysterically that night.

Now that I look back, I’m so happy that I had my big chop in high school when I was already smack dab in the middle of the awkward transition in finding what style I was most comfortable in. I got the hard part out of the way relatively early. The only problem was, as soon as my hair started to grow and I could straighten it again and give it some style, I did. I didn’t relax it anymore, no more chemicals, but I still did give myself a good amount of heat damage I had to transition out of. Now I am completely chemical and heat free and my hair has never looked better.

The Process:

One major part of who I am is the fact that I work on living as natural a life as possible. A significant aspect in that, being a biracial female, is my hair. My mother, god bless her soul, never really had any idea of how to take care of ethnic hair. Between my sister and I there was a whole bunch of unmanageable curls to go around. It wasn’t until a couple years into my college career that I myself began to understand my hair and what worked best for it. In this post I’ll be sharing my daily hair routine and the best tricks and treatments I’ve learned through trial and error.

For starters, I have 3C and high porosity curls. Knowing your hair type is extremely important because not everything works for every type of hair. There are so many different textures and types of hair that you need to pick what works best for yours.

Once a week I give myself a hot oil treatment. Because it is so hard for my hair to trap moisture, I have to kind of trap it myself. I ordered all organic oils off of Amazon including: sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, unrefined coconut oil, avocado




4 Comments Add yours

  1. kims2017blog says:

    Ok baby. Now that I’m leaving my hair curly I’m struggling day to day. Its time for a new shampoo and conditioner. I know sulfate free…any recommendations for white girl curls?


    1. Marissa Joy says:

      Well I love the brands Ouidad and Deva Curl, they’re certainly not only for ethnic hair but great for all curly hair. I like Ouidad a lot because they put out specific products depending on the type of curl you have. Your hair type would be either 2A or 2B, a loose curl. On their website you select your hair type and it can show you the best products for you. Deva Curl is more one size fits all. Check this page out:


  2. Skatsz says:

    Okay, your curls look ridiculously healthy, is that possible? hahah

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Marissa Joy says:

      hahaha! oils are the key!!!


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