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Old 08-01-2013, 11:29 AM   #41
 
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For many years I kept my hair natural except for my hairline. Then I slowly started adding some of the chemical to different sections of my head. I never fully relaxed it, just loosened the curl. But my hair soon started losing too much curl in the front. I couldn't stand the straight hairs drooping and I HATED applying the relaxer and how sensitive my skin and scalp became right after the process. Plus I wanted to use all-natural products but thought it would be kind of silly to on "non-natural" hair.

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I see you've been using natural products since ditching the relaxers (as per your signature)

Your hair is very pretty.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:27 PM   #43
 
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I see you've been using natural products since ditching the relaxers (as per your signature)

Your hair is very pretty.
Not sure if you were replying to me...if so thanks, if not oops!

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:06 AM   #44
 
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Yep. I was talking about you (And you're quite welcome LOL)
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:44 AM   #45
 
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I went natural by accident in 2008 due a pregnancy, but health issues caused me to lose all my hair last Feb 2012 and my hair grown back healthier and stronger
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:53 PM   #46
 
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My daughters have been natural since birth and I started researching in 2008 to better take care of their hair. I became so inspired by the natural community that I started my own transition in 2009. I didn't quite know how long I would transition or if I would be a straight haired natural or curly. In Aug, 2009, I randomly purchased HE Totally Twisted Conditioner (old formula was the bomb) and I cowshed my transitioning hair. I could feel these tiny baby coils and kinks popping under those lifeless straight ends. I fell in love! I big chopped a few days later and have never looked back. No more scalp burns, breakage, smelly burned hair, or waiting on a hair stylist who could care less about the health of my hair.

I had some folks ask me why did I cut off ALL my hair. I guess you just have to do it to really understand
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:30 PM   #47
 
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What a wonderful story! So inspiring. Was also thinking about the kind of gift you gave your daughters: how you're helping them embrace their hair from the start Moms like you were incredibly rare when I was coming up.
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My love of locs. I just had to have them. Had to!! LoL!

I suffered in my journey, but I'm on the other side doing just fine.
I just saw your gallery, you made the right move going to the "other side." I'm glad I did. Your hair is gorgeous.
Thank you.

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Old 08-08-2013, 07:30 PM   #49
 
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I had started relaxing my hair for 15yrs after years of being told my hair is so thick and hard work while hairdressers would spend 5hours to wash, blow dry and hot comb my hair that my mum could wash and blow dry at home in and hour.

Anyway about a year ago I did not want to process my hair bone straight as I wanted my thickness and volume back and wanted to be able to wear my hair straight or curly I bought a bodifyer apparently a natural relaxer which loosens curl pattern rather than relax it bone straight that was not very successful 35 wasted it was, so I just went back to relaxing (between salon and self relaxing).

I then decided to cut my hair into a short pixie cut loved it it was beaautiful until the day my usual stylist was away I went for a shape up and this other stylist butchered my hair it looked horrible my style had gone. So I decided to grow my hair back but it just was not growing the same as it used to. I then began self relaxing and notices small area where I had small bald patches I tried extentions, single braids to help grow my hair but it just was not growing how I know my hair to go.

One evening after realising I can't afford to maintain my relaxed hair I decided I wanted to shave my hair off real low, go natural and bright blonde. I didn't have much regrowth but the next day I got my clippers and gave myself a no.3. And dyed it light golden blonde which went orange but I loved being able to feel my scalp with nothing to maintain it felt so good I felt so free.

Few days later I was not feeling the orange and got bleach and dyed it bleach blonde I liked it for about a week and then decided to tone it down and went for a dark blonde which the novelty for that wore off and I wanted a redish colour that did not work out well so I reverted to black/brown but also took my hair down again to a no.2 as I still had relaxed ends that felt very dry due to colour damage.

After doing this my hair became soft and embraced it while still learning what works and trying to figure my hair type. I had the black for about 2-3wks and have now gone a honey blonde which is not exactly blonde looking but looks natural and I am enjoying every minute of it. I have difficult moment when a routine that worked one week won't work the next that can be frustrating but I am not chopping off again I am gonna let my fro grow, it has been 1month so far since the last and final chop.What inspired you to go natural?-uploadfromtaptalk1376011547074.jpgWhat inspired you to go natural?-uploadfromtaptalk1376011626507.jpgWhat inspired you to go natural?-uploadfromtaptalk1376011678320.jpgWhat inspired you to go natural?-uploadfromtaptalk1376011727483.jpg

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Old 08-08-2013, 09:55 PM   #50
 
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I wanted to for a long time, my hair wouldn't grow past my neck , it kept braking off, I had/have hair that looks baby thin when relaxed and my scalp ALWAYS got burned, so going natural was something I wanted to do to feel better about my self and for health (and It would make me the only t natural person in my family).
But my mom, aunt and hair stylist didn't think I could handle natural hair when I told them I wanted to be natural (i was 14 and about to start my freshman year) this annoyed me to no end and to make it worse my hair dresser (who is natural and is a certified natural hair stylist or something like that) relaxed my hair the next time I saw her instead of giving me the braids I wanted. This made me determined to become natural not just for myself but to prove them wrong so I stated transitioning at the end of my freshman year, so so now two years later at the beginning of my senior year I'm happily natural and I have proved them all wrong
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:43 PM   #51
 
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summer of 2010 it did my first big chop. my last perm was in October of the previous year. i was around some friends at school and one of them said I would look good with an afro. i was always fond of afros anyway, thanks to my aunt b/c her hair was natural and very beautiful. She's my biggest inspiration for going natural. i'm so glad i made that choice.
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I had started relaxing my hair for 15yrs after years of being told my hair is so thick and hard work while hairdressers would spend 5hours to wash, blow dry and hot comb my hair that my mum could wash and blow dry at home in and hour.

Anyway about a year ago I did not want to process my hair bone straight as I wanted my thickness and volume back and wanted to be able to wear my hair straight or curly I bought a bodifyer apparently a natural relaxer which loosens curl pattern rather than relax it bone straight that was not very successful 35 wasted it was, so I just went back to relaxing (between salon and self relaxing).

I then decided to cut my hair into a short pixie cut loved it it was beaautiful until the day my usual stylist was away I went for a shape up and this other stylist butchered my hair it looked horrible my style had gone. So I decided to grow my hair back but it just was not growing the same as it used to. I then began self relaxing and notices small area where I had small bald patches I tried extentions, single braids to help grow my hair but it just was not growing how I know my hair to go.

One evening after realising I can't afford to maintain my relaxed hair I decided I wanted to shave my hair off real low, go natural and bright blonde. I didn't have much regrowth but the next day I got my clippers and gave myself a no.3. And dyed it light golden blonde which went orange but I loved being able to feel my scalp with nothing to maintain it felt so good I felt so free.

Few days later I was not feeling the orange and got bleach and dyed it bleach blonde I liked it for about a week and then decided to tone it down and went for a dark blonde which the novelty for that wore off and I wanted a redish colour that did not work out well so I reverted to black/brown but also took my hair down again to a no.2 as I still had relaxed ends that felt very dry due to colour damage.

After doing this my hair became soft and embraced it while still learning what works and trying to figure my hair type. I had the black for about 2-3wks and have now gone a honey blonde which is not exactly blonde looking but looks natural and I am enjoying every minute of it. I have difficult moment when a routine that worked one week won't work the next that can be frustrating but I am not chopping off again I am gonna let my fro grow, it has been 1month so far since the last and final chop.Attachment 37835Attachment 37836Attachment 37837Attachment 37838

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Old 08-11-2013, 02:54 PM   #53
 
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I had inspiration from all over. Living in NYC I was amazed seeing so many women wearing their hair in a natural state. I felt like I was blinded by that relaxer and didn't realize how beautiful black hair was without having it straightend. I have a co-worker whom went natural six years ago who is very supportive and informative. I stuggled a little initially but then this coworker said something to me that I will never forget. She said that going natural is not just a physical change it's also a state of mind. She told me that in order for my natural journey to become a sucess that I would need change the way I think and not worry about what others may think or feel about my hair. I'm only 5 months in but I have learned a lot and I am loving my transition. The benefits have made me more conscious about the food I eat and also the products I use to clean my house.

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Old 08-13-2013, 02:37 AM   #54
 
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That video of a girl curling her hair and then falls off...xD but honestly, this past February 2013 I notice that my straightened hair is starting to look limpy, oily, and dirty and i dnt got no time to straight it everyday..i also saw my hair started to thin out...i was worried that one day ny hair will fall off while straightening it..so i just decide to wear my hair curly because i think for me its much more easier to handle and i get more compliments from it
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My love of locs. I just had to have them. Had to!! LoL!

I suffered in my journey, but I'm on the other side doing just fine.
I just saw your gallery, you made the right move going to the "other side." I'm glad I did. Your hair is gorgeous.
Thank you.

Natural is always better than artificial.
I think one of the biggest misconceptions about us curlies is that we spend a lot of time on our hair. Nothing could be further from the truth. When I first started wearing my hair longer, I would do everything from blow-dry using the round styling brush to using a curling iron. Then I found that took too much time. Nowadays, I co-wash followed by shake and go, tousle or scrunch. Whatever the spirit moves. That takes literally five minutes. I guarantee you that natural cur lies that choose to flatiron take a lot more time in a day that those that go natural do in six months.

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:15 PM   #56
 
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I had micro braids. I kept them in for 3 months. I could not deal with taking them down, so I cut it and had an afro. I decided to keep the hair.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:01 PM   #57
 
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summer of 2010 it did my first big chop. my last perm was in October of the previous year. i was around some friends at school and one of them said I would look good with an afro. i was always fond of afros anyway, thanks to my aunt b/c her hair was natural and very beautiful. She's my biggest inspiration for going natural. i'm so glad i made that choice.
Urged on by a compliment ... that's terrific! Do you happen to have any hair pics you'd feel comfortable posting? (Either way, thanks for your story.)


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I had micro braids. I kept them in for 3 months. I could not deal with taking them down, so I cut it and had an afro. I decided to keep the hair.
Same question for you Africana, any pics?

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Old 08-16-2013, 02:20 AM   #58
 
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I have bad alopecia. I didn't know how to cope with my hair any more. It's was breaking off so bad last year and my alopecia spots were getting bigger so I decided enough is enough. I got my last perm in November of 2012 and called myself transitioning but I didn't take care or my hair like I was suppose to. I did the BC the end of march. My hair is very thick and coily. I have 4a type.

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Old 08-16-2013, 02:25 AM   #59
 
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Ehh I guess laziness. I got tired of having my hair flat ironed every other week.

I was always natural but I guess I started using the flat iron as a defense for being teased at school.

Now my back to the real natural curly me

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Old 08-16-2013, 02:30 AM   #60
 
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Not to mention my spots were near my hairline

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