I posted this question on social media. I don’t want to leave the blog world out so ladies how do you feel about this topic?!?!
My natural hair journey is unique because I decided to transition as a method to grow out my natural hair instead of doing the big chop. In other words, I basically stopped receiving a perm because it caused my hair to thin as well as break off.
Many people who went the transitioning route will tell you that there are positives and negatives to transitioning, but I loved it for the most part. I love transitioning because I was able to retain my hair length (I was used to styling my hair long). The main problem with transitioning is that I I had to blend two different hair textures. As a solution to the blending problem, I usually wear my hair in a twist out now. When I am tired of doing twist outs, I alternate between low manipulation buns or I will install crochet braid. In order to get rid of the perm hair, I trimmed my hair every two or three months.
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I have been completely natural for about 2 years now. I went natural because I was intrigued by the beauty of natural hair. My processed hair wasn’t damaged; I just wanted that natural radiance that natural hair seems to cause. The day I stopped putting scissors and texturizers in my hair, was the day I gained freedom. I was no longer pressured to spend money to achieve unnatural looks. My daily hair regimen is only leave-in conditioner; my natural hair is very low maintenance. I love the fact that I can wash my hair everyday if I want, I do not have to rely on hair extensions to achieve the looks I want, and my hair grows very fast in its natural state. My only dislike is that my hair is sometimes difficult to comb, but that’s what the jumbo comb was designed for.
For as long as I could remember, dealing with my hair and trying to find a doable style was a nightmare. Night. Mare. By the 5th grade I had had a series of bad home relaxers that led to the mass breakoff of my hair. Through middle and high school I kept my hair in braids to help it grow back. This worked, but I decided to even let that go once I got to college. Before returning to school after a break, I paid $200 for human hair micro braids and was given an array of different types of hair, one of which broke out my scalp. At 19, for the first time since I was 10, I had to deal with the actual health and condition of my hair and it was not fun. I hated the way I looked without being able to hide behind the security of synthetic hair. My breakup with relaxers and extensions was serious. I even stopped putting heat on my hair. I tell people that I was forced to go natural, before it was “cool”, but it was the best decision I ever made for myself in regards to my appearance. I can’t imagine being almost 30 as I am, not able to scratch my own scalp because I was going to get a relaxer soon or spending a fortune on extensions not as a transitional or protective style, but to avoid my own hair. My decision to go natural was difficult at first, yes, because I didn’t have the mass access to information that is available now, but again, I am glad that I made it. Talk about freeing!
Well I decided to go natural about seven months ago. I was tired of spending money on perms weaves and wigs. I was one of the types of women that spent 400 bucks or more on a good sew in and virgin hair! I always got compliments don’t get me wrong… But it was too much hassle and way too much money! After a lot of contemplating and YouTube I decided I wanted to make a drastic change. So I went for the big chop. Much to my bf’s dismay lol. And I’ve never looked back since! I looked for my hair type and saw mahogany curls and followed how to care for my curls, and I’ve loved every single curl ever since. I learned to love myself for who I was through embracing my own natural hair. I looked online and learned how to do my own protective style with Marley twists. I love the variations of hair styles I can do with my hair. I still haven’t put heat on it maybe when I do my length check in a year I will. But I love it and surprisingly enough my bf loves it and loves everything about my hair. I def have no regrets especially now that I only spend 30 bucks a month on my hair ;-). Def not looking back