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I’ve worn weaves and wigs for the last five years. And through those years I developed a love/hate relationship with the million and one different looks that the sewn in tresses provided. Underneath the fake hair, my real hair was in a state of struggle. I was going natural three years in to my five year relationship with weaves and wigs, but I wasn’t truly taking care of my hair. When I was rocking the weaves, I barely saw my own hair. It stayed braided tightly under tracks. Then I started rocking wigs to make it easier to access my own natural hair.

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I would wash, condition, twist and leave it alone week by week underneath the wigs. Still, I wasn’t giving my hair much love, so it was usually dry, matted,  knotted and just a mess under the various wigs I would rock. While weaves and wigs allowed me to switch up my style as often as I wanted, there was something about wearing hair that wasn’t mine that I was growing weary of.

Check out this video of Monique of the Slique Hair Studio coloring and styling my natural hair!

So I decided to take it all off. But here’s the thing–I couldn’t just go straight from weaves and wigs to my natural hair. I needed a look to welcome me into the wonderful world of natural hair. So when I met Monique from Harlem’s Slique Hair Studio, I knew we were a match made in heaven. Monique and I sat down and she decided that a bold color and a fun cut would shake off my nerves and allow me to embrace my new look. Hair dye and clippers in hand, Monique transformed me into a naturally beautiful woman and I’m hooked!

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