Hey DJ, drop the beat! — Allow me to reintroduce myself…my name is Jay, (oooh) J-to-the-A-Y….she’s a dope chick and that’s no lie. Needless to say my freestyle game is weak but you get the point. Given Relaxed Thairapy has grown in followers, evolved in content and I now have transitioning hair, it’s perfect timing to reintroduce myself.
Who is Jay?
I’m a down to earth southern girl looking to be a positive influence on others. I started Relaxed Thairapy in 2013 to help women achieve healthier hair. I started my blog after successfully growing my type 4, coarse hair to waist length. [Edited: Relaxed Thairapy was rebranded to A Day By Jay — the new name gives me creative freedom to cover a range of topics.]
I was fortunate to grow up with an aunt as a hair stylist so achieving healthy hair was not an issue while living at home.
I’ve had every hair style and hair color imaginable. I even had a juicy jheri curl! Yikes.
Turning Point with My Hair
In 2008, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. I did not have time nor the desire to frequent the salon. My hair broke off badly, especially around the edges. No doubt, it was the result of stress and neglect. One day I looked in mirror and recognized my hair needed a change. I Googled hair topics and the rest is history. I became a DIYer and haven’t looked back.
It took a while but my hair recovered. Unfortunately, I had additional setbacks through the years by using the wrong products, techniques and hair tools. Therefore, I stopped getting touch ups for a while because enough was enough.
Journey In Pictures
Current Status: Transitioning Hair
My hair is somewhere around mid-back length and my goal is to maintain this length throughout my transition. Dealing with multiple textures with transitioning hair is so annoying but gosh, I love the thickness of my hair bun!
Did You Know?
Now that I have transitioning hair, many asked when will I change the name of my blog. I chose the name Relaxed Thairapy simply because I find hair to be relaxing and therapeutic not because I had relaxed hair. I thought the name was pretty catchy when I selected it but oh-em-gee it has been more of confusion than anything.
Where Am I Headed!
Although hair is where my heart is, I want to be a better me from hair to toe. Therefore, my content evolved over time and now includes beauty and lifestyle.
Although I am transitioning to natural hair, the mission is still the same – healthy hair! I would love to transition without big chopping but who am I fooling. Just as soon as I have enough length to work with, I can see myself cutting off the relaxed hair.
Although I don’t know my exact natural texture, I thought it would be the hardest to work with because it appears to be super kinky, then and now.
But get this, it’s the relaxed hair that’s most problematic. It gets tangled easily and coils around itself which is super annoying. My next milestone is 2 years post relaxer in June 2016.
Forgive the grainy photos but I grew up in the Polaroid and disposable camera era.
Ok Girlfriend, It’s Your Turn!
Reintroduce yourself and tell me a fun fact about you.