I started my natural hair journey in college. I remember one night while out with my friends (when my hair was relaxed) a guy came up to me and asked me if the hair on my head was mine. I was truly confused by his question, but I answered him with a slow “yeeeessss.” The response that followed will always stay with me. He said, “I am really proud of you.
I just keep seeing all these black women with short nappy hair. It is nice to see one with hair that is long and straight.” Now, unfortunately I am someone who takes a while to process information. So I failed to respond to this guy in the appropriate manner, but I knew at that point I wanted a change. I knew I did not want to be viewed as “attractive” only because of the length and lack of curl my hair possessed. So I began my natural hair journey. I went to the campus salon, cut off about 6 inches of my hair and vowed never to get another relaxer.
I would go to the salon every 6-8 weeks to get a trim and as my hair grew out I would have it in braids or kinky twists. When I got to the point where my roots were visibly thicker than the ends of my hair I didn’t think I would be able to continue. Being a college student I couldn’t afford to get my hair braided every three/four weeks so there were times when I had to experiment on my own hair. I also did not know about any natural hair products, so of course there were times when I walked out the house looking a complete mess. But, the difficult hair transformation was well worth it! I am so happy that I stuck it out because my hair has never been healthier. There are soooo many brilliant natural hair products on the market now. I am so excited that I have the opportunity and the thick tresses to try them.
“be free to be you.”