They're most likely just envious that you're different, because they're the ones with chemically altered hair, and they couldn't work up the courage to do a big cut or go natural like you. I wouldn't listen to them, because you're doing it for yourself, not them, right? And at the end of the day you're going to love the results and they will too, but probably would just act as though they don't, as they do, now. I bet your hair looks gorgeous <3

If you don't want people to see your hair, you could get protective styles done, which would help you to grow your hair at the same time, such as twists and box braids, but y'know. It's all your choice.

You can do it! <3