In February 2013 I started on a journey that I initially never knew that I was on….the natural hair journey. Over the years I found that my hair was becoming thinner and thinner at the ends due to breakage and length retention was none existent. The back of my hair line had been burnt away leaving me with an unintentional fade! The relaxer had taken its toll and I had had enough.
Whilst on holiday I decided to chop away all of the frazzled ends and I was left with a cute little bob and vowing never to relax again. But what was I going to do now? How was I going to wear my hair? My knowledge of caring for natural hair consisted of hair grease, avoiding the rain and a weekly blow dry. I also planned to maintain my hair in a straightened state using hair straighteners. I know this is the ultimate natural hair sin, but please don’t judge me as I was naïve and in need of help.
For the next few months I religiously straightened any sign of re-growth to blend with my relaxed hair and continued to use the same products I had been buying for years.
All this changed when a fellow natural suggested looking at YouTube for help and inspiration. This was the turning point. I suddenly had access to hundreds of videos giving advice and encouragement. There were tutorials with vloggers who had the same hair texture as mine and who were demonstrating how to achieve twist outs, high puffs and Bantu knot outs by yourself.
I was officially part of the natural hair community and embracing it to the fullest. I began to learn the natural hair slang, experiment with products, and stepped away from the heat. I gradually started to feel more comfortable with my texture and how to style my hair. Now I’m not going to lie, during the transitioning period there were times when my hair was looking all kinds of crazy and I was feeling frustrated. I stayed motivated by reading blogs and books such as The Science of Black hair. Encouragement from fellow naturals was also extremely important during my transitioning stage.
So now after two years of being natural, I am still loving it and as of yet I have not felt the urge to relax my hair again. The only thing I miss from my relax days is having shiny hair, but I can live without having glossy locks.
My natural hair is big, coily, and versatile and I would not have it any other way.
Twist out using Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair- Define & Shine Custard
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