Years ago I worked in an office. It was the standard office job environment; taking lots of phone calls, filling in paperwork, hating the manager, you know the usual. After a year of working there management decided to move our offices a few miles away into a building that the company had recently acquired.
We had all been made aware of the move months before so we were all prepared when the time came. On move day we looked around the new office building most of us could see that it was a huge improvement over the old one. The air conditioning worked better than the old one, the lighting was better, the kitchen facilities were better, even our desks and chairs were brand new.
Still there were murmurs of discontent among some of the staff; there was more traffic in the new route to work, the cubicles appeared a bit smaller and the ladies room was on a different floor. These were all minor problems, if you could even call them that, but we very much enjoyed making the office manager’s life hell for the first week about every little thing that we didn’t like about the new building.
Change is hard for us humans, even when it’s good change. And it’s no different when it comes to our hair. The idea of being able to achieve some of the wonderful natural hairstyles we see all over social media and YouTube can be very tempting to the average lady who is not completely satisfied with her hair.
Still how many of us have decided to transition to natural hair, practically shaking with excitement at the thought of being a natural sista, only to end up relaxing a few months later in a blind panic?
Not many relaxed ladies are brave enough to chop off all their hair and start again from scratch with shaved heads or TWA’s (Teeny Weeny Afros). For that reason transitioning slowly is the most common choice that ladies make to swap relaxed hair for natural locks but this road is long and is often strewn with the carnage of women who didn’t quite make it all the way.
While there is nothing wrong with relaxing your hair if that is your personal choice, it would be great to give the natural hair thing a fair try before dismissing the idea altogether.