I’ve decided to go natural.
Let me explain…
I’m mixed (Jamaican, American) and I have “mixed hair”. Whatever that means.
To “tame” this mixed hair, I got my first relaxer at about…10 years old.
It. Was. Magical.
My hair went from unruly curls to pin straight, Disney princess worthy perfection. I was shocked and amazed that my hair could look like my mom’s (straight. white. flow-ey. whatever.)
Fast forward 10 years to age 20. I was getting relaxers about 2-3 times per year (a step down from about once every 2-3 months), because I was convinced that was the only way my hair would grow. I’d see a decent amount of new growth, but each trip I made to the salon for a relaxer, CHOP! My 2-3 new inches of hair would be cut off because of “breakage”. I resorted to wearing my hair curly (yes it would still curl) to try and get it longer without it breaking from heat/relaxer use, but I’d still be convinced into cutting it because the ends were “bad” with each trip to the salon. I was so frustrated. I wanted the straight, easy hair, but I wanted it longer and it would. not. grow.
Right after my wedding (age 24, wearing clip in extensions with my permed hair)…
I decided I was sick of waiting on my medium length hair to get long, so I chopped it all off. I’ve loved my bob…
but recently, I’ve gotten sick of it all. Sick of the upkeep. Sick of the relaxers. Sick of forcing my hair to be “easy”.
After talking to my brother’s girlfriend, who’s been natural for 4 years, I decided to give it a go. I’ve been relaxer free for about 3 months now and hope to stick it out and be re-introduced to my God given, curly, big, fun hair again.
Updates/Progress Pictures will be here!
May 19th 2012 – frizzy and sunburnt 😉
July 14, 2012 – Discovered how I could make a twist out finally work on my hair. Excited to keep testing and eventually do a tutorial!
September 10, 2012 – Bantu Twist Out (I twist then knot to get smaller curls that match my pattern better) also, I recently got my hair dyed darker for Fall 🙂
November 22, 2011 – Thanksgiving before blow drying/straightening. 8 months worth of growth 🙂
So, right around my year mark I chopped the remainder of my relaxed ends off. By myself. My hair dresser fixed my butcher job and I’ve been growing it since. The picture below is about 13 months since my last relaxer.