Frustrated with your hair? You are not alone.
Are you transitioning to natural hair or rather to healthy hair? Let’s do this together.
I vow to stay away from hair relaxers and harsh chemicals. What are your vows?
I made the decisions to go natural on November 2012. And trust me when I say it has been anything but easy. It is frustrating and stressful but trust me dolls there is light at the end of the tunnel. All the hard work will be worth it in the end.
I made the decision to go natural not because I was persuaded by all the hype on natural hair products or all the persuasive natural hair advocates but rather because my hair was deteriorating. I noticed over the years my hair was thinning. I lost A LOT of hair. Even though I took many precautions before applying relaxers to my hair I always ended up with terrible burns and scabs. After my last relaxer my hairline was very thin. It took a lot of brainstorming but I finally decided to divorce hair relaxers.
Now dolls I am not here to convince anyone to go natural but rather to share my experience and tips with you. Also I will gladly take in feedback, if you have any suggestions or tips or even request. And again I reiterate these tips apply to anyone who wants healthy hair not just naturals or transitioners. Before making the decision to go natural ask yourself these questions:
- Am I patient enough to embark a journey that may take years to reveal any true results?
- Do I have the time to spend hours pampering my hair?
- Will my lifestyle allow me to take on this challenge?
- Am I emotionally prepared?
- Do I have the discipline to stick to a regimen with many steps and rules?
Ultimately just beware that this journey will take a long time. I am a year and four months into my journey and still not where I want to be. While it takes a lot of effort and dedication, time is truly key. You can nourish your hair to help speed along the process but it will take time. Washing your hair will no longer be a quick process, it will now take hours even days (if you decided to deep condition overnight). You will have to research and experiment with products. And most importantly prepare yourself mentally. There will be days when you will hate your hair and want to give up but then there will be days when you will be absolutely in love with your hair and the results your getting. Those happy days is what’s going to motivate you to keep going.
Here is a little background on my hair:
I started relaxing when I was 11 years old.My mother made the decision to do so because I had a lot of hair and it was very hard to manage. Also because I kept nagging her about it. Because my hair was so curly and just big my mother always kept it braided. I liked my braids for the most part but sometimes I wanted straight hair like the rest of my classmates. My hair was waist long when I first relaxed and just a couple of years after my hair was extremely damaged due to heat and the relaxers. I then cut it a little below my shoulders. Ever since I haven’t been able to recover my length.
My goal now is long healthy hair while embracing my curls. Share your story and goals below. We can do this together.
Now that you have made the decision read on to the next post for beginner tips and instructions.