So I have been natural for 3 years now. I started my natural hair journey in April 2013, so this month marks my 3rd anniversary. Congrats to me 👏👏👏🙌
How it all began
I never thought that I would join the natural hair family. If someone ever told me that I was going to cut my hair and go natural, I probably would have ‘laughed off my face’. I used to have healthy shoulder length hair; although scanty, until sometime in 2010 when I realized my hair was not growing anymore. In fact, it was getting shorter and scantier. I partly blame myself for all those times I had tight braids on; which pulled out not only my edges, but prevented me from retaining my length. And I partly blame the environment for being quite harsh to me hair 🙈
In 2010 when I realised my hair wasn’t growing anymore, I didn’t really mind, probably because I was too busy with moving from my University to medical school (that’s a story for another day). This hair struggle continued till 2013 (for 3 years guys) until I decided to do something about it. I thought to myself “should I continue with the relaxed hair and see if maybe by some miracle it grows or do I just cut it off and go natural”. Yh your guess was right, I decide to cut it off and go natural. Now the decision was between doing a ‘big chop’ and transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Believe it or not but this was a difficult decision for me because then I really did not know anyone who had natural hair or could give me the gist on keeping natural hair. So, I resorted to searching the net and I found websites like:
these two sites really went a long way in convincing me to join #teamnatural
3. www.cravingyellow.com (I only got to know about craving yellow this year; 2016, I have to say that I’m inspired by her journey. Check out her Instagram @cravingyellow)
I also watched several natural hair videos on YouTube and finally I decided to transition my relaxed hair to natural.
Journey so far
This month (April) is 3 years down the line and I have never regretted the decision I made. I would not lie to you, it was not easy, I had so many reasons to stop but I pressed on. Here are a few of them:
1. People laughed at me because my hair was so short that when I twisted it, the twists stood on my head…lol 😂
2. The pain was real when it was combed or being braided 😥
3. It was so frizzy and puffy that I could not take it anywhere without covering it up. So I always wore weaves or braids, which were not cheap
4. I just got tired sometimes probably because no one encouraged me and also because I didn’t know as much as I do now.
But today I am happy I went natural. My hair does not grow as fast as I would want it to 😔, but I am patient with it. I only realized earlier this year that there are benchmarks for natural hair. Photo credit: @fret__ (Instagram)
My length is APL. I am still learning about my natural hair and natural hair in general. These are a few tips I have learnt so far (in no particular order):
1. You have to know your hair type (mine is 4c). This helps you better manage your hair
2. Find the right products for your hair. Not every brand will be kind to you hair. (I still haven’t found mine though, I guess I am still a product junkie 👎)
3. Avoid using heat on your natural hair
4. Wear protective hairstyles to reduce breakage and help with length retention
5. Wear silk or satin bonnets when you go to bed to protect your hair from drying out. The silk does not absorb as much moisture as other materials and therefore your hair remains moisturized in the mornings.
6. Be patient with your hair. (I cannot over-emphasize this point, in due time you will see the results)
7. Read blogs, watch videos, search for content on the internet about natural hair. Stay informed!
8. Eat healthy! This goes a long way to ensure you have healthy hair
I recently (2 weeks ago) purchased a range of products which I hear is really good for natural hair (keeping my fingers crossed) …it’s called WE NATURALS. You can check them out on Instagram @wenaturals
This is a picture of the products I purchased. (They have other products but I decided to try out this range)
I will keep you updated on the results I get but I’m loving it so far.
So all you naturalista’s or aspiring naturalista’s, take good care of your hair and be patient will it, you will see results soon enough.
This is my journey so far… please leave your comments below and feel free to ask me any questions you have about my journey or about natural hair in general (but keep in mind that I am no expert).
With love…Phiephiee 💋