My natural hair journey has been somewhat of an uphill battle, and at the same time it was one of the best decisions that I’ve made regarding my hair. Initially, I thought about transitioning to natural hair because the ends of my relaxed hair were getting very thin. I was also experiencing a lot of dryness and breakage, and regardless of what I did I just couldn’t figure out a solution. However, I didn’t start my transition right away because I didn’t have the slightest idea of how to care for natural hair, and I still loved my relaxed hair.
I was relaxed for 10 years (ages 12-22), so taking care of relaxed hair was the only thing I knew how to do. My hair grew to mid back length before it started to get very thin at the ends, and I got very frustrated with it. I started to look for other options, but the only thing I could think of was just cutting my hair off and starting fresh (becoming natural). But like I said, I didn’t want to do it right away.
The thing that really pushed me to go natural sooner rather than later was a video that I watched on YouTube. I can’t exactly remember the name of the Youtuber , but she was taking about the effects of relaxer on your hair, scalp, and body. The video actually shed some light on the chemicals in relaxers and how they can cause scalps problems and other health issues. And that my friends is what gave me the push that I needed.
On October 7, 2015 I got my last relaxer. I decided that I was going to try this natural hair journey thing and hoped for the best. I began watching a lot of naturalistas (such as journey to waist length, naptural85, nappy fu, etc) on YouTube to get as much information that I could on transitioning and natural hair.
I did a lot of protective styles throughout my transition, and that helped me to have a really smooth journey. The problem would start when I took my protective styles down. I have very thick hair, so it was hard to deal with two textures. Apart from that I enjoyed that phase of the journey.
My Relaxed Days
I started caring about my relaxed hair in December of 2013, because trust me I used to just do whatever with it. I did a lot of research and I watched a lot of YouTube videos to find information about proper hair care. I had shoulder length hair at the time, and after I began to incorporate healthy hair care practices in my regimen my hair started to grow.
I’m going to share some pictures from my relaxed hair journey with you so you can see the difference in my hair and compare my hair overtime.
This was my hair before I began to implement healthy hair care practices in my regimen.
My hair finally began to grow, but I was still experiencing breakage and split ends. In both these pictures you can see that my ends were very thin. I had so much breakage that my hair eventually became very uneven.
Just more pictures of my relaxed hair.
As you know, you can either big chop right away or long-term transition when you’re getting rid of your relaxed hair. Initially I decided to transition for two years, but I ended up just big chopping after 6.5 months mainly due to the fear of breakage. I also wanted to experience each stage of growth, and learn to embrace my curls in its shorter stage.
Big Chop Day (April 22 2016)
This was what my hair looked like after I cut all my relaxed ends off (6.5 months post relaxer). I have 4c, low porosity hair. It was a little shocking because I was so used to having long straight hair. It took me a couple of weeks to accept my hair, but I began to embrace it and eventually I was in love.
My Natural Hair Journey Progression.
Rocking a two strand twist out on my twa a week after my big chop. (Excuse my chapped lips…lol)
Rocking another twist out at 7 months post relaxer.
Check out my crazy FRO at 10 months post relaxer.
This is the latest picture of my hair as I’m now in protective style mode. This was taken at 10.5 months post relaxer, and I’m wearing a twist out. I will share with you my length and my regimen when I hit my 1 year mark in October.
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