Most naturals when talking about their natural hair journey, they usually start off with talking about their big chop and how their hair has grown over the years. They’ve measured their hair, taken pictures. They have a chronological, laid out story about how they went natural.
My journey was a tinge bit different.
For one, I didn’t do the big chop. Yep, you read this right.
I didn’t do the big chop. Me becoming natural just…kind of…happened. I don’t have a nappiversary. My mother had my hair laid all throughout elementary school. I visited the hair salon regularly to get my perm touched up. Once I got into middle school I fell in love with braids. That’s all I wore: braids, braids, braids, braids. Unfortunately, in between braids I would perm my hair…
Along with perming my hair in between braid sessions, I would keep my braids in far too long. I’m talking 5-6 months too long. I didn’t know how to take care of my braids..no actually, I didn’t know how to take care of my hair in general. Of course, all the high manipulation to a toll on my hair. My hair was becoming very damaged and it was beginning to fall out. As you can see in the picture below, my edges are now non-existent:
I stopped getting perms around my junior year but I continued to wear braids constantly. It wasn’t until my senior year that I decided to make a change. I needed to take better care of my hair. I took my braids out and I saw that most of the perm in my hair was gone. I hadn’t gotten a perm in so long. I chopped the little bit of perm out my hair and went to a natural hair salon. She did an updo with flat twists. It was then that I began to explore different hairstyles for natural hair.
My step-mother pointed me towards the wonderful natural hair community on YouTube and that is where I discovered the famous twist out. I learned how to take better care of my hair and now I want to spread the wealth as you will. My hair is getting healthier day by day. My edges might be a loss cause but other than that my hair is looking better. I would say that I’ve been natural for about 3 years.