YOU KNOW WHAT DAY IT IS!?!
YOU GOT IT RIGHT! I’m officially 3 years in of being natural and let’s say… it’s been the best/worst decision I’ve ever made! (I’ll explain why, don’t kill me) Yes, I cut off all my hair on this EXACT day!
(P.S I did transition for 6 months. I did a mini chop on May 2, 2013)
I waited a month until I decided I wanted to cut it all off. I can remember it like it was yesterday… I was going to my hairstylist shop, thinking I’m ready to cut it all off, lets do it. Lets get this over with. I’m thinking my hair was going to be all cute,curly, and fluffy (BIG MISTAKE) But in reality It’s not all golden. So, after she finished cutting ALL my hair off. My hair came out like ….
(A day after I big chopped)
At first, I was like oh yayyyy but I was in complete denial. I didn’t like it. It was so new to me. I didn’t know how I was going to tell my mom (P.S I stayed at my childhood friend house. Fun fact, today is also her birthday…Happy birthday my nugget <3) Anyway long story short, I went to her house and started crying on her birthday how I didn’t like my hair and it’s sooooooooooooo short. So, later that night… I did a few twists outs with the first product I’ve ever used being natural. I wish I had a picture of it. I still have it, just not with me 🙂
DO YOUR RESEARCH. I can’t stress that enough. Before I went natural, I researched everything. So, I was a little bit prepared.
I didn’t really care what others said, it was my MOM’s opinion I was worried the most of.
I was thinking in my head “It’s just hair. It’ll grow back.” “My mom had the afro too back in the days” you know? Blah blah. Her reaction was priceless. She didn’t freak out like I thought she would. She didn’t approve of it, but she got used to it… so did everyone else.
Now, I didn’t have any problems with relaxers at all. The reason I wanted to go natural was because first off, I wanted a new look. It was like the beginning of my senior year of high school I wanted something different. 2nd, a friend of mine family were all natural so I decided to give it a try. I’ve made the best decision to go natural, I didn’t even look back when I cut my hair. Would I cut my hair again? Hm, probably not. But, I will say being natural has it’s pros and cons. My natural hair journey got VERY difficult at times. It wasn’t all golden. Sometimes, I wanted to give up. A few months ago, I wanted to get my hair relaxed and cut into a short hairstyle, but then I got to thinking, “Wait a minute. I did all this hard work to grow my hair for 3 years. I might as well continue this journey!”
On this day, I decided to chill on the weaves and braids. Though, they helped me through hard times. It’s best for me to get to know my natural hair. I need to know what works and what doesn’t on my hair. I’ve started seriously taking care of my hair, by co-washing every week and since I never knew how to do my own hair. I’m learning the best I can.
LONG STORY SHORT, If you’re deciding on going natural. Go for it. It’s a challenge and a blessing. It’ll be worth it all. Remember, do your research. Don’t be a natural hair junkie, get what you think works best for you. Don’t think just because someone else hair is super curly and have that 3C hair texture doesn’t mean you’re going to have the same texture. We’re all different. NEVER should you compare your hair to others. I’ve learned to accept the way my hair is. Don’t worry what others have to say, either. There were people in the past who used to call me names because I cut my hair, but whatever. It’s life. It’s just hair. It will grow.
(P.S I straighten my hair 2 times a year. Every 6 months or so.)
(My progress through the 1st year of being natural)
(2015, when I straighten my hair)
This is my natural hair journey! I hope this helps you out! Feel very free to ask any questions about what hair products I use currently, etc etc hair stuff 🙂
My message to everyone who’s considering going natural or transitioning:
“Everyone journey is different, learn to embrace yours.”
Until next time,