What made you guys go natural?

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I've always been interested in what make other people go natural. I literally stay on BGLH reading stories about people. So I was wondering what made you guys go natural. I have a boring reason why. I had stopped getting perms since I was 13( I'm 17 and will be 18 on the 18th) because I hated how flat it made my hair so I began flat ironing and one summer a year ago I was playing in my hair and then I two strand twisted it but it wouldn't stay lol so i washed it and them put in twists and it stayed and I decided that I liked that much better.
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For me it was an over-all health consern both inside and out.
My hair is a part of that as well as my body, skin and spirit
Embrassing what god gave me and not follow the "crowd" and let people and media telling you whats beautiful and whats not.
It all starts with yourself. I figured out that i have to love and embrace what god gave me before anyone else can do that.
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3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

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-Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
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-Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.
My earliest memory is my mother "raking" through my "rats nest" because she didn't know how to handle my curls. She used a bristle brush and spent hours brushing through it to detangle it. Then she'd braid it up into the tighest braid she could manage and send me off to play. LOL let me tell you there were a lot of tears involved here!

All my school years were spent trying to smooth down my hair because I thought my hair should be straight. I'd brush it (again that damn bristle brush!) and then I'd smooth it with my hands hoping and praying it would stay in place.

Fast forward to the present (yes it's taken me to my 30's!) and honestly with the internet it suddenly opened a door for me that my curls weren't something to battle they were something to embrace!

I loved going CG because I no longer had to fight with my hair. It was all so simple! LOL all those years ago I recalled how nice my hair would look fresh out of the shower and wondered WHY in the heck I thought it was a good idea to brush it out! I still struggle with products, cuts, and routines but my goodness my hair is 1000x's better than it ever was before!
I got tired of straightening every day and still hating my hair. I didn't know my hair was wavy, even. I got lazy one day and let it air dry and it was kinda wavy(but mostly frizzy) so I thought I'd try to enhance that and found this site. I fell in love with the before/after thread and decided to start CG. At this point I never knew my hair could be so wavy! Some parts are even 3a territory at this point.

What a good thread, I'm very curious about others.
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Before i actually went natural, I was transitioning. At the time I didn't know what transitioning was. i had stopped getting perms for like a year but i was still flat ironing. i eventually got tired of flat ironing and thats when i heard about the no heat challenge that went on. So i decided to try. I stopped flat ironing my hair and i started to notice the curly/wavy texture in my roots. I loved how soft my roots were feeling but my ends were still stringy and just plain ugly. i got tired of trying to handle the 2 diff textures so one morning, literally, i woke up and decided i wanted to cut all of my hair off besides my roots. Later that day, i went to great clips and the stylist cut my straight ends off. I had about 3 inches of hair left. i felt excited, new, yet scared because i did'nt know what to do from there. Before cutting my hair, I didn't look up anything on how to care for natural curls so for the first few weeks or so, my hair was dry and frustrating. As time went by, i learned more about moisture and cute little styles. I wanted a new look originally but I didn't expect to receive a new look, healthier hair, a better attitude (more confidence), and just pure knowledge on my hair. One of the best decisions EVER. Now my hair is growing like crazy. First pic is the day of my big chop. Second one is 2 months after. More moisturized and defined by then.
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Hair type: 3c/4a, high shrinkage :/, high density,medium porosity. ~1inch to APL stretched. Big Chopped: Oct. 2012
Routine & Products: Sundays- DC on dry hair w/Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream & Olive Oil. Wash w/As I am Coconut Cowash. Condtion&detangle w/any VO5 conditoner. Braid in 5-8 braids w/Shea Moisture Smoothie.
Wear braidout rest of week. Rebraid every night.

MAYcowash w/VO5 conditioner mid-week and rebraid again. I always unbraid w/Coconut oil on hands.
I got keratin treatments about twice a year for 3 years and flat ironed it every day. Until one day I had a random epiphany. I was in a hair salon with my sister and her stylist had the most gorgeous curls. They looked like mine and I was in love. From that day forward I styled my hair curly, big chopped a few months later.

3a, fine/med strand thickness, high density, low porosity
CG since April 2012
BC October 2012
Cleanser: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey or CJ Daily Fix
RO Conditioner: Mop Top Daily Conditioner
Leave In: KCKT
Stylers: Either Raw Curls Spray Gel, Raw Curls Medium Hold Gel, or MopTop Curly Custard, and always topped with Curlisto Control II Gel
Sealer: Pure Argan Oil
I went natural because of laziness I guess you could say? As far back as high school (13 years ago) I would rock a "wash and go" on my relaxed hair during summer months. I continued this until Feb. 2012 when we were having an unseasonably warm winter so I rocked wash and gos more often than my straight hair. I put in a relaxer after I had gone maybe 6 months without one only to wear my hair straight for 2 days. I decided then to stop spending money on them and transitioned until December with mostly my wash and gos. (I tried and failed multiple times during that time with bantu knots, braid outs, and perm rod sets, lols.) That Christmas Eve I tried finger coils. My relaxed ends made them look bad so I chopped the straight parts off to end my transition. My best decision even on my worst hair days.

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Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
Sealer: aloe vera juice
i got a Japanese straightener and my hair ended up breaking off so i had to cut it off then cut the relaxer out which ended up being shorter. I just decided to give the cg a try and I loved it after a year
I just got so sick and tired with my hair never growing and always breaking. Plus, you know, having to straighten it everyday and it always going frizzy and poofy with a little bit of rain. It was just ... blah, annoying.

Also lots of my friends curl their hair for nights out, so I'd started doing that too (I had chemical straightening in my hair at the time). And then I thought, 'hang on, why am I curling my hair when I have naturally curly hair?' So I thought it might be cool to grow my curls out and see what they looked like. Et voilà!
3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
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Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL when dry
I've always been natural, but would often pull my hair back into ponytails. Right before starting college, I decided I needed an easier routine and cut my hair short. Too short to put up in fact! From there, it has been a process to bring out the best in my curls.

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3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Air Dry

Looking for new products and methods to try!

I have fine hair with low density and being relaxed meant my hair looked flat.

When I went to work abroad I got fed up of my hair. I got a friend who was a hairdresser to cut it off the straight ends.

I then dyed my hair burgundy and realised that I could dye my hair any colour I wanted without having to worry about how long it was between relaxers before I dyed my hair and didn't have to worry so much about my hair breaking.

I also found I didn't have to worry about my hair so much when I did exercise and it needed a wash due to sweat or debris.
I have fine hair with low density and being relaxed meant my hair looked flat.

I also found I didn't have to worry about my hair so much when I did exercise and it needed a wash due to sweat or debris.
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YES, YES, YES to both of these statements!!!! I will also add that I go run and no longer worry about my wet hair with styling or how my hair will fall bc it doesn't.

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Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
Sealer: aloe vera juice
I had been getting relaxers since I was young and my hair finally started to suffer from them getting super thin and breaking off really bad which caused me to lose a lot of length and not be able to retain any. I had though about going natural for a few years, but would always chicken out and get another relaxer then I started talking to people about what I was thinking about and most were like cool you should do it. There were a few who were like why would you cut all of your hair off and go natural? lol anyways I talked with my fiance and he encouraged me to go ahead and do it and said I would still look beautiful with or without hair so I started to transition. I planned to transition for a year then cut, but after maybe 2 or 3 months I was over it and the two textures were driving me crazy so I cut out of frustration, panicked, cried, then I was happy with my choice after a few days when the shock had worn off lol.
For me it was sort of serendipity. As a kid I had pretty straight, healthy, glossy hair that got a little wavier over time. Some of it was masked by a series of bad perms and worse haircuts. I finally had enough after a really horrible perm in college that I was warned against but had to have my way. Anyway, let's just say I pretty much gave up. I washed it, conditioned it, dried it. I tried different products and nothing really helped it. Keep in mind, I really thought my hair was sort of straight. Anything I put in it tended to just make it bigger and fluffier (gel, mousse, whatever). I did notice it was a little wavy wet, and seemed to get more so after the births of my sons.

Fast-forward several years. I had just lost a bunch of weight and was in the dressing room trying on new clothes. My hair was still damp from my wash that morning and I looked in the mirror at the back of my head and saw how wavy it was. I was a 6 or 7 inch strip down the back of my head that was inexplicably really wavy. What!!!??

A couple of days after that I had a haircut, with a new stylist, and she said, 'is this natural curl back here?' I said, 'yeah, isn't that wierd?' Anyway she gave me a few recommendation (she's a curly too.) and sent me home. I stumbled across NC googling 'how to style wavy hair' or some such non-sense. Anyway, found the CG method and that's more or less what I've been doing for the last couple of years.

The first couple of weeks I had so many compliments asking me what I did. I pretty sure I freaked out a few people when I told them I stopped shampooing and brushing my hair and I had to ask a couple of them 'does it look dirty to you?'
2b/c, medium-coarse, high-density, medium-porosity, CG since 2011.
Co-wash: Suave/ VO5
RO: Yes to Cucumbers, GVPCB, Tresemme Naturals
LI: GVP CB, Yes to Cucumbers
Sealant: Argan, Grapeseed, Apricot Kernal (still working on it)
Styler: GF Pure Clean, HETT, Volumax
DT: Ion Effective Care, GVPCB, Yes to Cucumbers

Experimenting with Curly Kinks ReNew, Coil Jam and Satin Roots. Also FSG.
Mine is kind of silly. I had been using Hair One fromt Sally's for a couple of years because I was fascinated by the WEN commercials and I heard sulfate free was better for our hair. I was a 2b wavy who thought she was straight with some weird bumps here and there. Anyway... I began developing a rash on my forehead when I'd get out of the shower. It didn't hurt or anything and it would go away after about 15 minutes so I just ignored it. Well, one day my scalped burned like crazy. It hurt for hours afterwards. I took a look at the ingredients and saw that it contained wheat protein. I had been diagnosed with some problems with wheat and apparently that includes in shampoo. So I began researching other sulfate free cleansing conditioners, hoping to find something similar but without wheat. My search led me to several NC.com threads, curly hair websites, curly hair product sites, etc. So I began wondering about my bumpy hair. I decided to give it a whirl. Bought DevaCare low poo, One C, some gel and a diffuser. Surprise! Look at me now... Who knew? Frizzy bumpy hair became nice wavy hair.
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Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
Great question!
I gave up blow drying at least 25 years ago. It regularly took 45 minutes to blow dry my Dorothy Hamel cut and that was just too big of a waste of life.

For the last few years I maintained a short cut with almost daily sulfate free shampoo and conditioning. I went sulfate free because I believe SLS to be toxic and didn't want to douse my hair and body with it. I have since found out that the shampoo I was using was still pretty harsh. I did regularly lighten my hair.

I was tired of the short and shorter cut. I thought it looked too severe and I am not a severe person. I also thought it no longer looked good with my aging face. As luck would have it in April, I got a bad virus and had to miss my regular every-5-week haircut. Later I was liking the little bit of length.

I decided to let it grow. The back grew in nice and wavy. The top and sides would not "behave". My routine was to wash, condition (being very careful to rinse every bit out), vigorously towel dry, rub in some chi or gel or mousse, comb and go. When I got to work I would brush and/or pick it out. The back looked great but the front and sides looked funky. I had my regular stylist (30+ years) trim my bangs and he wacked the top and sides with the thinning shears to help it lay right. It didn't help. I was about ready to have it all cut off again when I searched the web for "how to cut curly hair so it doesn't stick out". I found this whole curly girl world.

I really just wanted a way to let my hair grow out some and keep the pretty wavy curly back and get the front and sides to be acceptable. Shockingly, with a great curly cut and cg techniques I've got curly hair.

About 2 months into cg, I am still working on technique and products, but every day my hair looks better than it did before. Even the days I think it looks or feels odd, I like it.

A few times I thought about brushing it to make it look "neater". I did pick it out one night... wow it got big and bushy and it really looked "old lady" so I am NOT going near it with a brush.

So far the only negative is that my DH thinks my silk sleeping bonnet makes me look like a scary cafeteria lady. He does ,however, love my curly hair... he comments on it every day.

Have fun.
I have been regular perms since my teens and in my early twenties saw what the chemicals were doing to my hair and I didn't like it. Then I decided to stop perming. But I still had no idea what to do with my hair and neither did salons. But since I would not perm, they did a blow out and straightened it. So I did that for another five years.

During this time whenever my hair was not just freshly done (and sometimes even when it was) I would always hide my hair in a ponytail. I was always hiding my hair since it made me anxious. What if it gets frizzy or messes up? If I would curl my hair, wind would be the enemy because it would flatten my iron-made curls and make my hair frizzy. What if my hair stuck to my lip gloss? So I just put it in a bun and called it a day.

One day I was brushing my hair in the shower (with lots of conditioner: major discovery) and I noticed how curly my hair was and I was like "why don't I wear my hair like this?". Then began the trial and error. I would buy any product that had the word "curly" in it not thinking about ingredients and such. I would have a anti-humidity cream, and a split-end repair cream, and a gel, and a leave- in. Then I would make a product cocktail of all of these things in my hand and apply to hair. Then finish off with a mousse because "I am curly now and curly people use mousses."

Then a friend who also was going natural turned me to Curly Nikki and MahoganyCurls and when I saw these I learned about the way to take care of my hair and November 2012 officially I decided that I would be natural. After lots of reading and stuff I now like my curly hair. I learned tons. Products do better applied in layers and when my hair is sectioned. I should style my hair soaking wet. I also wear my hair out most of the time and put it up some of the time. Being curly is awesome!

That's my story.
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Stylers: EcoStyler Gel (Olive Oil or Super Protein), KMF Upper Management Gel, UFD CM, CJ CQ
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Like many wavies I literally did not know my hair is 2a-2c, I thought it was a 'straight' poufy unmanageable nightmare until my late thirties. I even had curly perms in my teens!

Lightbulb moment came with the CG before and after thread here on NC, I think it was linked to on the Long Hair Community. There were ladies with poufy hair like mine in the befores ... and nothing like mine in the afters.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Because my relaxed hair was looking a hot mess lol. Plain and simple.

I did it by accident lol. I'd been relaxed since I was FOUR!! One year I let my sister give me like 4 weaves back to back and when I stopped the weaves, my hair had grown so much and the relaxed ends just broke off.
All my life, I thought my hair couldn't grow longer than my ears. My hair was so short it was unreal. When I saw those weaves grow my hair, and I washed my hair I loved how it looked wet, i started using a wet look gel, and my hair just randomly started growing. I was amazed.
Going natural wasn't really a conscious thing, it just sort of happened for me, but it was honestly one of the best things I've ever done in my life. Unfortunately, I'm now obsessed with all natural hair :-/
My hair was so damaged, it's hard to even describe how my hair was. I think the relaxers also permanently damaged my hair to, because I've got a few dodgy patches on my head lol.
Going natural has given me so much confidence though.

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