Wow, how time flies! I feel like that is the story of my life these days. It has been three years since I’ve big chopped and I can’t believe how fast that’s gone. At the same time it feels like it’s been forever.
I decided to go natural in May of 2012, which was also when I got my last relaxer. It was always something that I kind of wanted to do but kept putting it off or never got around to it. At the time I was still in college and away from home, where my mom would give me a relaxer for free .99. The hair salons around campus were so expensive and far — not to mention, I did not have a car. My hair is very thick, kinky, and pretty course. I was that girl who needed a relaxer every 6-8 weeks. It all became way too much. All of these factors are what nudged me to finally take action in going natural.
Needless to say, it’s been three years since I big chopped and I don’t regret it for one second. Sometimes, yes, I get very tired of washing, twisting and moisturizing my hair, but I honestly don’t ever see myself going back to getting a relaxer. I would rock a Caesar before I went back to the creamy crack.
Here are a few things that I’ve learned since being 100% natural:
Moisture really is that important. I remember I would get so frustrated that my hair didn’t do what I wanted it to do. Little did I know, it was because my hair was dry most of the time. Once I started actively moisturizing my hair, everything changed. Keep your hair moisturized!
Once you find the right products for your hair, stick to it. I was such a product junkie when I was transitioning and after big chopping. I was watching all of these Youtube videos and I wanted to buy everything. Once you find what works for your hair, stick to it. This will save you time, money, and the frustration of a product not working.
Have an ICE (in case of emergency) style. Mine used to be the high puff before I realized that it was taking a toll on my edges. Although this is still my back up style, I try very hard to not have to go to it. If I ever do have to, I put my hair up as loosely as possible and use hair pins to give the slicked-back illusion.
Trim when necessary. Even if that means every 2, 3, or 6 months. No one knows your hair like you do. If you feel like it needs a trim, trim it — even if you’re simply dusting your ends.
Lastly, be patient with your hair. I have lost a lot of hair because I’ve lost my cool while styling. Ever since deciding that I wanted to grow my hair to bra strap length, I’ve had to be 100% more gentle.
Are any of you natural? What are some tips or lessons you have and would like to share? Lets continue the conversation in the comment section below.