Growing up I always had a relaxer, that is all I knew. I believed to have “good hair” I had to have a relaxer so that my hair would be smooth and silky straight. From grade school to high school I wore relaxers and extensions. I didn’t really embrace my hair until after I graduated from college. After college I started to really wear my real hair out without extensions.
This isn’t my first time to the rodeo, it’s actually my second! I attempted to “go natural” back in 2011. That’s when I was really introduced to the natural hair movement by a co-worker named Kia. She had beautiful natural hair and she really educated me on natural hair and transitioning. I attempted to transition for the first time in 2011. I transitioned for about 7 months and my natural hair got the best of me. I was frustrated and I didn’t understand what I was doing.
While transitioning I wore weaves and one day I made a horrible decision to take out a month old weave and wash my hair without detangling it. Needless to say I created a tangled mess! My natural roots and relaxed ends were so tangled and knotted. I was so frustrated that I just cut it and permed it.
So that was the demise of my first transition. Seven months of natural hair growth down the drain. I regret to this day that I didn’t stick with it the first time. I received one more relaxer after that one and that was my last and FINAL relaxer! I made the decision to transition again, and I did not look back!
I was determined to not fail again and revert back to the creamy crack! I started my second transition and transitioned for almost a year and did the semi- “big Chop” in February 2013!
My first and favorite twist out. To this day I can not get my hair to look like this lol.
I made it to one year natural!
6 months to one year! I was feeling my hair at this point!
have been natural for one year and five months now! The journey has not been easy. Within this journey I have had 2 unintentional haircuts due to damaged ends and experienced postpartum hair loss (post coming soon on that one!). It has definitely been a journey full of ups and downs but I am so glad that I have embraced my natural hair.
A natural hair journey is never easy, you will make so many mistakes and learn along the way. This is what makes the journey so special!
Having natural hair takes confidence. The majority of us grew up thinking that we needed straight hair to be perceived as beautiful; this is definitely not the case. We were made with this head of hair, so why not love it and embrace it- in STYLE.