I'm loving my new short look but I'm so nervous to see it after I come back from my boxing class. Before cutting my hair, I would put it in a bun and not worry about how much it curled. Now that it's short and only semi relaxed, I feel like I will have to flat iron it after each time I work out in order to maintain my straight style. |
I've been told to wrap my hair up before the work out and not take off the scarf until my hair is completely dry. My hair will probably be easier to manage if I wrap it up, but I'm sure I'll be the only one with a scarf on my head. I can't wait until my curls grow out!
My curls never had a chance. I've been getting relaxers since age 2. After many years of running to rinse the burning sensation off of my head, I decided to stop. This is the story of my transition to naturally curly hair - my transition to freedom!
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After much research, I have learned so much about my hair! It really isn't as thick and coarse as I thought it was and my curls are gorgeous! I tried wearing my hair in a protective style but the sew-in weave, although cute and very manageable, just didn't feel right. After two months, it was time to take it down.|
After detangling for hours, I noticed that it wasn't my natural hair that was causing the added stress, but the relaxed hair. It had to go!
I did a partial big chop and still plan to wear my hair straight for the time being. I went from arm pit length (APL) to neck length (NL) and am loving it! I have less relaxed hair so this transition should be a lot easier. I have four inches of beautiful virgin curls and am learning more about my hair each day.
My last relaxer was in May 2012. By August, it was time to get another one but instead I chose to go a different route. On August 24, 2012 my hair's journey to freedom began and I wrote the following:|
It's Just a Fad!
On 8/24/12, I decided to “go natural.” For over a year now I have resisted the persuasion of friends and family who truly believe relaxers are evil. I also had my mother unwaveringly tell me that not using relaxers is just a trend. I have been using relaxers since age 2. Now I have decided that every hair journey is different and I want to know what is right for me.
Ignorance Isn't Bliss
I think this transition is more a story of overcoming ignorance than anything else. I have very coarse and thick hair, so a relaxer doesn’t do much damage to it. I could have long, straight, healthy hair with a relaxer. I want to stop using it to see what kind of curl pattern I have. I’m not doing the best job taking care of my hair now, so if I’m going to learn how, I might as well learn how to take care of the hair that grows out of my scalp before any chemicals touch it.
Healthy Inside and Out
I also want to be healthy inside and out. I can’t have a healthy body if I keep feeding my hair the equivalent of McDonalds, no offense to McDonalds. I am still figuring out what is right for my hair, the same way I am still figuring out what is right for my body. I’m not completely sold on this “going natural” phenomenon but I’m also dreading the burning sensation that comes from getting a relaxer. And although I’ve spent countless hours researching and am very excited about this transition, I’m not going to obsess about my hair. I’m just going to start with a consultation and see what happens from there.