As a child and teenager my Mother never allowed me to get a perm. So I have been natural all my life. But for the greater part of my life I have worn my hair straight, never acknowledging my natural hair texture.
I honestly never gave my natural hair much thought. I was so in the routine of straightening my hair every two weeks that the thought never crossed my mind. Now I will admit, as a black women with kinky hair I was always uncomfortable with my hair texture.
Especially since all the “pretty girls” had curly or wavy textured hair. It always made me feel inferior about my hair texture. So when my mother finally allowed me to get my hair straightened I did so and never looked back.
Shortly, after beginning graduate school I decided to cut my hair short for the 3rd time. With my school and work schedule I found it extremely difficult to maintain straight hair. So I started researching ways to style my natural hair.
I quickly learned about wash and go’s which seemed easy enough. Within a few weeks I was enthralled by the natural hair community and the versatility of my natural hair.
I decided that I would pursue wearing my natural hair. After over 20 years of my hair being shoulder length I decide I had nothing to lose.
So my goal was simple avoid heat, explore different natural hair styles, protective style, and retain length. I was extremely curious to find out how long my hair would grow. I set out on my journey not realizing the effort it would take.
I am 3 years into my natural hair journey and I am not where I expected to be. Between heat damage, time commitment, and effort at some point in time I decide I was to tired to be bothered.
Don’t get me wrong I didn’t give up on taking care of my hair but I haven’t done all the things I originally committed to. Which is why I have fallen short of my goal. After 3-4 visits to the salon over a year period I have been scarred for life. I never before realize how damaging heat could be to my hair.
2017 will be a new year for me! I will be focusing heavily on protective styling with wigs and caring for my hair.