As I sit back and reflect on my natural hair journey so far it amazes me how time can pass us by. Today (June 21, 2015), makes a year since I have had my last perm and it makes me excited for the years to come. Although I am still dealing with two different textures because I didn’t big chop I can see the progress my hair has made. Throughout my transition thus far I only straightened my hair about once so I haven’t been able to do a proper length check but here are some pictures that can show a little. I cut my hair in November because it was damaged in the back and I wanted it all to be the same length.
I started taking my journey seriously in October and decided to cut down on heat. The only time I will blow dry my hair is if I am getting a protective style put in. Deciding to go natural has been one of the best choices I have made in the past year. It has allowed me to learn more about myself and about my hair as well. I was getting perms since I was 11 and at 21 I have so much more to learn.
You have to have patience when beginning to transition, I had to learn the hard way that what works for someone else will not necessarily work for me. It is very easy to become a product junkie and at times you will see that what works for your natural hair doesn’t work on your relaxed. I have times where I am tempted to cut all of my relaxed hair off but I force myself to be patient (although I think it is something I will be doing in the near future). Weighing the pros and cons of going natural is also something to consider, there was a time where I weakened and straightened my hair because my braid out wasn’t a success. There will be bad hair days, and some great but you have to work with what you can get and remember that patience is key. It is definitely a commitment and at times, time consuming but it’s worth it. I’ve found that rolling my hair at night gives me time to think and reflect on things that I wouldn’t necessarily think about if I was using my time doing something else. I am happy with the decision I have made and can’t wait to see where I am at with my journey this time next year. I can’t wait to update you guys.
Previous Post about my Hair Journey:
- Love Your Mane
- Why I Dislike the Hair Salon
- Lets Discuss: Nappy Hair
- What is Natural Hair & Your View on Protective Styling
- Embracing My Natural Hair
- I Am Not My Hair: My Story
Thanks for reading, Be Blessed & Stay Humble.
Here are some of my fave turn outs and protective styles.
I am still fundraising for my study abroad journey to Rome, Italy as well. With time ticking down I can use the extra support. If you are interested in learning more about my trip and the benefits of me going you can check out my GoFundMe page