natural hair

Healthy ‘Natural’ Hair Journey

I thought this would be EASY!

 

So My Journey did not being with a big Chop!

It actually began with me trying to convince my Mother when I was about 17 years old. She was always associated me wanting to have natural hair with a Big Chop. She also said she did not want to be the one to always do my hair. (WAY Before I THOUGHT of looking up How To’s on YouTube)

Fast Forward to my last perm: I was tired of my scalp feeling like it was burning. Washing out the perm and having a sensitive scalp. Of course lets not forget the hard scabs my scalp received because the perm in fact did burn!

Nonetheless I started transitioning. 

Transitioning was the best option for me .  With transitioning I was able to see the new growth (my natural hair)  as well as my processed hair (my perm hair). Which made me love washing my hair. In order to deal with these two textures in my hair I got a lot of wash and sets ( = a lot of blow drying and flat ironing).

Notes to self:

  • NO HEAT!!!

Applying heat made my journey longer. Applying heat caused me to have heat damaged hair.

  • NO HEAT!!!

The best transitioning hairstyle are Bantu knots. They require no heat and give your hair the ‘natural’ curly look.

  • NO HEAT!!!

What no one tells you is that having natural hair is A LOT OF WORK. However to me it was worth it.

*Protective styles I have tried*:

  • Weave
  • Wigs                                                           By far my favorite are wigs.
  • Box braids                                          It’s the easiest to take care of my hair underneath.
  • Havana twist
  • Cornrow braids

I cut off my perm ends May 29, 2015.

While I was becoming natural I had a friend who said “I Give you a week, a month the most. Before you perm you hair again.”😑😑😑

My Grandmother (who is an old school, traditional, born and raised Dominican Women) does not support my Natural Hair.😠 😶 😤 😢  She would like to see my hair with a perm and blow dried.

I have been natural now for 2 years. I have been re learning how to do my hair and WHAT WORKS FOR MY HAIR for the past 2 years. I believe I finally got the hang of it.

11 comments

  1. First of all your hair is gorgeous! Secondly, I’m so proud of you (even though I don’t know you personally) but just from reading this post I can deduce that going natural wasn’t the easiest nor did you have the most supportive transition but I applaud you for keep on keeping on! Lastly, you just dropped so much jewels about bantu knots for me that you have no idea hahah! I will most certainly be trying that as my next style.
    Thanks so much for sharing~
    xx

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