The natural hair journey is all about growth — physical and personal. From now until early January, I will be collecting your stories of hair growth in 2009. If you saw progress in the length, health or thickness of your hair… or if you just have had an amazing personal journey, email your story to email@example.com. It can be as long or as short as you want it. Be sure to include photos showing progress.
In 2001/2002 I attempted to go natural and after 10 months with no relaxer decided to revert to my old ways due to the ease I felt it would provide.
On November 20, 2008 I had my last relaxer, decided to try going natural again and haven’t looked back since. The difference in the two experiences in my opinion was the lack of education the first go-round when it came to caring for my hair. My hair is COMPLETELY different this time around and has been 100% natural since October 8, 2009.
I decided to go chemical free because I was ‘over’ the straight hair look and wanted to explore my options. I also adopted a healthier lifestyle a few years ago and felt that my hair needed to fall in line. Also I have had relaxers since the age of 10 and didn’t want to shortchange myself by never experiencing my hair in its natural state as an adult. My 4‑month stretches between relaxers made me very curious about my natural texture.
My big chop didn’t go very well. I went to a new (recommended) hairdresser who didn’t know how to care for natural hair and used a ton of products my hair wasn’t used to (harsh shampoos, weak conditioners and mousse, OH MY!). I left feeling both disappointed by the experience but excited because finally most of the relaxed ends were gone. I went home, washed, rushed to do something with it and kept it moving. Unfortunately, I also realized that she left a lot of straight pieces for who knows what reason so I went to chopping to attempt to get as many out as possible. A week later, I did my first 2 strand twists and have been loving my natural do ever since!
Since it’s winter and I love wearing hats, I’ve been mostly wearing twists and braids since my BC but come spring, I plan to do a ton of free form styling. The 3–4 very different textures in my hair make wearing a wash and go improbable, but we’ll see! I’ve been sharing everything I’ve learned from your site and others with anyone who will listen and I’m enjoying my naturally beautiful hair more as each day goes by!