Most of us think that once we are natural our journey is complete.
The truth is, I haven’t seen my desired hair length and until I do, I will continue to do what I have to, to make this the best natural hair experience I would ever have.
This is my journey and I am ready to face whatever challenges might come my way:
I went natural with the hope of having long hair but then I realised that the process is much more than achieving your desired length.
Since 2008, I used heat on my hair every day. In addition to this, I decided that it was time for a relaxer and colour, which was the biggest mistake. My hair fell out in patches and I cried for 3 days straight.
Although I had enough hair to cover those spots, it was still bad. Do not get me wrong, I liked the new colour on my hair but the damage it caused made me question whether it was worth it.
My self-esteem was at an all-time low
My mom suggested I try a weave, which I wore for about a year. If you are familiar with weaves then you know the expense game is real. And I was as much of a penny pincher then as I am now.
At this point, there was nothing left of my self-esteem. I stayed at home and wouldn’t attend family functions, parties or anything that involved a crowd of people. I was embarrassed about my appearance. (starts singing, “I am not my hair”).
Keeping up with hair care tips
I came across the YouTube channel Glamtwinz334‘s video, 10 Tips to Grow out Long Healthy Hair:
At this point, I had already spent a year without relaxing, dying or flat ironing my hair and I gradually cut my hair every 2 months for the entire year.
Ever since, I have been keeping myself up to date with hair care tips and blogging about which methods and products work for my hair and which doesn’t.
2013 and 2014, my trial and error period
I tried everything I saw from beauty bloggers and after 8 months, I found my hair regimen and routine.
I liked the results I was seeing and in 2014, I officially went natural.
I went from wanting long hair to wanting strong and healthy hair that I was not embarrassed to wear out. I am still learning day by day on how to manage thick bushy hair but I love it now more than I did when it was straight!
What is it like being natural?
I love my bushy hair. It is also interesting to see how creative you can be when it comes to protective styling.
I love that the little girls that see me in the malls tells their parents that they want hair like mine and most of all I love that the kids (at that time) who made fun of my textured hair is now gawking over the way it looks.
What advice do I have for ladies wanting to transition?
1. Make sure you plan enough time during the day to manage your hair.
2. Do not become a product junkie but find what it is that your hair likes and then stick with it.
3. Create a Regimen and combine it with a hair growth challenge
4. With the products you have found useful, create a weekly regimen that moisturises and protects your hair through the week.
5. Get a protective style that will allow you to access your sculpt as well as your ends daily without tugging and manipulating all year round.
6. Always have the WOC’s: Water, Oil and Conditioner. This will always be what you will need no matter where you are in your journey.