Introducing Aida :
Hey Huggers [#Introducemyself]So I think it's about time for me to introduce myself. My name is Aida and I am the belovedFIRST niece of Hug My Hair's Founder Dalilah Well most people mistake us for sisters because of the simple fact that she is only 6 years older than me. Any who… I think I'll start with my hair journey. So back in Year 11 when I was age 16 I decided that I needed to look older "more sophisticated" what ever that meant. In my head in order to do that I needed a change… a hair change. The perfect way for me to do this was to get a Rihanna hair cut, meaning that I would have to relax my hair. I never wanted to have long relaxed hair because that just wasn't me, in my mind if I were to relax it, it would have to be short. Now, my father was never on my side when it came to my plan, but my mother said that I can do what I wish. So I did. After weeks of visualising what I would look like I went to the hair salon without telling anyone at school but a few friends. You see in school everyone knew me for my afro, and they would constantly want to touch and place their faces in it So I knew that they were about to get the shock of their lives!
To be honest I really wasn't a fan of my hair when I first did it. Too flat. No volume. No UMPH! But I had to deal with it. For the first few weeks I would go to school with my hood up because I hadn't yet got the confidence to travel with my hair out. It just wasn't me. I remember the first time I fell in love with my hair cut was at prom. I found a new hairdresser and she really brought out my personality with her hair styling. I kept going to her ever since then. My hair started to grow and I let it, whilst relaxing about every 4 months seeing as with my hair you can barely see the regrowth, especially if I straightened it. I started to miss my short hair in May 2011 and so I cut it again. By August 2011 I had shaven both sides. See, I get bored of hairstyles very easily, and so I just keep on changing them.
I had my last relaxer on October 13th 2011 and haven't looked back since lol. As the sides of my hair kept growing I knew that there would have to come a time where I would have to even the rest out. And so the last time I straightened my hair was in April 2012 just before I put in my first ever set of box braids. I kept the braids in until June of that year. Once I removed them the difference between the textures was pretty noticeable and I found myself walking up the mirror and snipping off my ends randomly. I kept doing that for about a week until one day I decided to wash my hair. When I washed it I looked at myself and just laughed. I looked ridiculous. And so it began. I chopped and I chopped without telling any one. I couldn't bare to lose the front of my hair though. So I left this little fringe that I thought I would be able to work with lol. The next day I realised what a weirdo I looked like so I had to cut the rest off. I got my mum to help with the back just evening it out and there I was… 100% natural!
I had read and watched videos about making sure that my hair had water and was moisturised. I think I took that a bit too literally because I actually wet my hair with the shower head everyday for the first couple of weeks thinking this was what I was meant to do lol. Either way my hair was growing. I mainly used olive oil, water and shea butter seeing as I had thrown away all the products that contained ingredients that were not good for my hair (mainly petrolatum and mineral oil). These are still the main products I use in my hair and I guess they are working. Here I am almost a year later with areas of my hair longer than they have been in years. I've only used heat on my hair once since the last time in April 2012, and that was April this year when I blow dried it. I've decided that I'm only going to blow dry it once every April just as a little no-heat anniversary present lol. I have recently started a YouTube channel dedicated to me and Fluff (that's her name) the channel is called EyeDahFineMe. The name stemmed from the fact that I spell my name as Eyedah on most of my social networks because it is very rare for people to pronounce it properly, so I thought this would help lol. I wanted to incorporate this in my channels name and so I started thinking about what I believe in. I believe that my hair does not define me much like any other of my physical feature. I define me. And that's where it came from. Okay, that was a pretty quikc introduction and I doubt I covered everything but I just wanted to say hi Speak to y'all later Aida