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​​Hey #curlfriends! I wanted to quickly update you all on the progress of my hair. It is almost 1year post mini chop, and I was recently asked by a #curlygirl if I was going to keep my tapered cut or let it grow out. I’ll explain that below and update you all on my new color.

Once again, I found myself in the style seat with StyledByReece. This time, I would be going for balayage highlights and not traditional highlights. Balayage (bah-lay-ahzge) is the art of hand-painting on highlights for a more natural, sunkissed look versus traditional highlights, which tend to be very grid like and systematic. Although we are approaching cooler temps, I wanted to go a little lighter than before, while lightening the back of my head where my hair appeared to be black. Not to mention, the previous color created a ‘V’ pattern when I did my frohawks, lol. It was cute, but it had to go!

While in the style seat I got a much need trim. Reecie carefully detangled my hair, blew it out and sectioned it as needed. It was then that I was faced with the following question:”Are you keeping it tapered or do you want to grow it out?”. I wanted to see the shape it would take as it grew out, but I decided to even it off and grow it out. I may decide on a different shape later, and I will have it cut accordingly to frame my face. However, I don’t see another mini chop in my near future.

To cut down on time Reecie styled my hair curly. She used the Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-in Defining Creme and a little bit of oil for shine. She diffused it to help it dry quickly and help with curl definition, threw it in a frohawk for styling, and we were done!

My hair is in great condition because I take care of it especially with it being color treated. You can read my post on maintenance here. As far as my hair cut, I think I’m doing great since my December 2013 mini chop. My hair has grown considerably and I’m able to do a puff (happy dance). I have yet to straighten my hair since my initial color job in May, but I plan on straightening it once I hit 1year post mini chop!

More photos (before, during & after):

Until next time,


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Ashley Hall is a Philadelphia based content creator and media personality from The Bronx, NY. Her channels are a perfect mix of lifestyle, beauty, and style, including sneakers and fashion!

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