Like most young African American girls, I got a relaxer during early childhood and spent most of my life with chemically straightened hair. I went from pigtails, to curls, to finally a sleek wrap.
After going off to college, I figured I needed a more grown up look and decided to cut my hair into a shoulder length bob.
From there, I guess I got a little scissor happy and decided to get bangs.
I actually did it myself and didn't do a horrible job, but instead of risking ruining the look myself, I started letting my roommate maintain the bangs for me every few weeks.
Somewhere along the line I started getting interested in healthy hair care. I read a ton of hair blogs, researched hair products, and started doing D.I.Y mixes in my kitchen. From 2008 to 2009 I focused on growing my hair out, hoping to go from hair that was perpetually stuck at neck/shoulder length to mid back length. This is as far as I got:
|My Last Relaxer 7/09|
At the beginning of 2009, I somehow shifted focus from just wanting healthy, relaxed hair to just wanting healthy hair in general. I read about how damaging relaxers could be, and became curious of how my hair would look without one. I found examples online of how beautiful and versatile natural hair could be, and wondered if my hair could achieve the variety of styles that I saw. I started stretching my relaxers out for 12-16 weeks, experimenting with natural-looking styles (braid outs, rod/roller sets), and finally just decided to transition. I got my last relaxer on July 8, 2009 and transitioned until June 2010. I planned to transition for a whole year, but one day while sitting by myself in my boyfriend’s apartment I pulled out my scissors and just went to work cutting off my relaxed ends!
I've been natural and loving it ever since! I'm always trying a new style, playing around with different styling methods (braids, twists, etc) to achieve different textures, and marveling at all the things my hair can do.
I will share you guys some of the styles I come up with (well those that turn out well lol) and let you know about some of the product's I'm loving!