I currently live in Dallas, Texas. The natural hair scene in my area is growing more and more!
I have been natural for two years. I tried transitioning long term twice and failed on both attempts. The third time I transitioned for only three months and I went for the big chop on June 13, 2009. It has been the best decision I ever made!
At first, I made the mistake of announcing my plans to go natural to my family and some friends. I think that’s what initially caused my failed attempts. I knew I wanted to wear my hair natural despite what other people thought. When I decided to give it a go the last time, I kept it very quiet and I only told my two closest friends (who are also natural), and they were my biggest supporters. They encouraged me through my natural hair transition, booked my appointment, came to the salon on my big chop day, and forced me to go out with my short hair immediately afterwards. It was a scary, but awesome experience and I’m thankful for their support and accountability! My family was shocked, but it didn’t take long for it to grow on them! They love my hair!
I have not really experienced any negative experiences since being natural. I’ve received some comments here and there, but nothing that made me question my decision. I had a few co-workers ask me why I cut off all my hair or if I was going through a phase. Overall, I’ve received way more positive feedback than negative.
I love the versatility and the regality of natural hair. We have such a beautiful spectrum of textures! I especially love the idea of rocking my own style and not looking like anyone else. It has made me bolder, more confident and I’ve never felt more beautiful with these kinks and curls.
I pre-poo, shampoo and condition my hair weekly. I deep condition weekly and set my hair in twists or braids to stretch my hair. I moisturize my hair 2-3 times per week. For the most part I like to switch up my styling a lot so depending on how I’m feeling I’ll rock twistouts, braidouts, buns, puffs, bantu knots, twist and curls, pinups, etc. At night, I usually plait my hair in twists and sleep in a satin cap on a satin pillowcase. My hair is about arm-pit length now and my goal is to reach bra-strap in the next year.
My advice is to make sure you do your research, research, research! There is so much information out there that will help you through your natural hair journey. I would be lost without websites like MotownGirl! In my opinion, going natural is much more than just hair; it’s a transformation of self from the inside out. You have to be at place of acceptance mentally, because you are no longer part of the norm. Prepare yourself for the naysayers or haters who will question your decision. Do what is best for you, and more often than not, you may end up being a light to those around you who may follow in your footsteps. They don’t call it a journey for nothing! Enjoy it, rock it, flaunt it, and LOVE it!