I'm new to this site and would love to connect with some fellow noodle heads, and figured I might share my natural story.
I'm 17, and have been natural for a little more than 3 years, now.
Quite honestly, I've had relaxed/flat ironed hair for as long as I can remember. When I was 14, I decided it was time to go natural, frustrated with the continuous cycle of perms and new growth (much to the dismay of my father). I'm mixed, my Dad is African American and my mother is Caucasian/Mexican/Native American. My Dad's side of the family traditionally believed that it just "wasn't right" for someone with curly hair to wear it any way other than straight. But, being the strong willed kid I was, I decided on a big chop in September of 2010, after transitioning for maybe 4 months. After taking a pair of scissors to my half straight, half curly locks, I couldn't help but feel empowered watching all my relaxed ends fall onto my shoulders and floor with every snip. I went from shoulder lengthed, damaged, half relaxed hair to a TWA about maybe 3 inches long, all around. It was quite strange seeing my natural texture, and being able to run my fingers through my own hair without worrying about it falling out.
What surprised me most of all was my peers' reception of this new trait of mine, they actually liked it! It came as a shock, considering that I had hated my curly hair all my life, and had always wanted it to be straight. I suppose it was a hate instilled in me from my family, from society... Who knows? However, this story of insecurity has a happy ending. My hair has become a bit of my trademark, as a performing artist.
(The cover to my first album, Unconventional. Taken December, 2012)
I've learned to love it, and embrace it for the bird's nest that it is. The very thing I wanted to hide under a hat as a young girl is now something that I, well, actually like! It's crazy. Oh, and my Dad? He loves my hair now! It's kind of a great, big, nappy ending... Heh... Heh... Okay.
Anyhow, I would love if any of you should feel inclined to reply with their natural hair journey stories--I'm always fascinated by them!
Much love & God bless,
P.S: If any of you would like to check out my music
, I'd appreciate it!