Just to give you a background about my hair story. In 2013, my sister who has always kept her hair natural told me about the benefits of having natural hair. At first, I was not keen on the idea and honestly she did not impose it on me.
Instead, she advised me not to relax my daughter’s hair but referred me to websites where I could get information about taking care of my daughter’s hair.
When I went natural it was not planned. My hair was thin from relaxers and I decided to keep braiding it and allow it to grow. The plan was to keep cutting the ends off until I outgrew the relaxed hair and then start relaxing again. So I did twists and braids on three consecutive occasions. On the third time when I took my braids out I realized that my hair had matted and was thin which meant that I couldn’t detangle it.
I asked hubby if he could cut the knots off and he refused so I took scissors and chopped all the relaxed hair off. It was on Sunday and I was going to work the next day. I panicked when I saw myself in the mirror with short hair. I was terrified as I had not seen my natural hair since I was a child.
The hair struggle was real and on top of that I do not do well with weaves and wigs*, and the shock of my hair terrified me. The fear I had was all in my head and I needed a style to help me get through it, so I installed kinky* twists and I was set. This became my signature transitioning style to natural hair. At that time, I did not even know that I was transitioning because I had not seen any natural hair sites.
3 years later, as I reflect I know without a doubt that going natural is the best thing that ever happened to me. After getting over my fear and facing my hair I can now style and care for it in ways I could never have imagined.
What was your transitioning story?