HeeellOOoooo it’s been a minute! Allow me to blame it on exams.
I have been blogging for a year now (wordpress reminded me ) and I am still wondering why I never shared my natural hair story with you all. Anyhoo this post will rectify that.
Before I became a “naturalista” (by force) I had been seeing beautiful pictures of ladies with kinky textured hair all over the Internet and I just used to drool over their hair, I didn’t think I would ever be one of those ladies because I have always had relaxed hair for as long as I can remember and the thought of cutting all my hair off to go natural was a no,no. Sadly my relaxed hair wasn’t doing so good at the time, it was so weak that once when I went to the salon for a sew-in the stylist kept showing me my hair as it was falling off while she weaved it. I was heartbroken and decided to stay off relaxers, I wore protective styles for eight(8) months to manage the new growth (I didn’t even know i was Transitioning).
The plan was to trim off the damaged relaxed hair and then relax the new growth again. I just never considered leaving my hair natural in all my plans because I didn’t think I could manage it. The day I was to cut and relax my hair, I went to the salon with my sister, dropped my relaxer at the stylist’s shop and headed for the barber’s to get my relaxed hair cut off.
I am pretty sure the barber understands English but I think that my English sounded like Latin that day because “the barber” did the exact opposite of what I wanted. I said to him I only want the relaxed part cut off instead the guy went straight to my scalp and just like that my eight months of new growth was gone. I almost fell out of the chair because of the shock , tears filled my eyes ready to be shed, I held it in because”big girls don’t cry”(in public places). I was dumbfounded, the barber apologised and tried to console me while still claiming I didn’t explain myself clearly. I contemplated leaving the barbers shop but the damage had already been done, since the hair can’t be glued back to my head and I also can’t be walking around with a big patch on my head I let the barber cut the rest of the hair.😥😭😭😭.
My sister and the stylist were so shocked they couldn’t even laugh (thank God). I think I would have cried if they had laughed, I wish I have a picture of how pathetic I looked that day.I decided it would be unfair to apply relaxer on my hair as it was really short at the time, I let the hair be and wore protective styles for over four months, during that time I read a lot on how to manage my hair just in case I wanted to stay natural . The rest as they say is history.
It’s been two years since I went natural and I haven’t regretted the decision for once. I totally love my 4c hair and all that it has helped me learn about myself.
What’s your story? How and why did you return natural?
Ps- watch out for my two years nappyversary length check post.