I’ve been using relaxer to straighten my hair ever since I was 11 years old. To be honest, I don’t even remember what my natural hair looks or feels like. My sole memory lays in having my mum comb it when I was a child and it hurt like hell. Though looking back at these pictures above of me as a child with my natural tresses is really making me want to put the relaxer pot down.
I’ve been thinking about going natural since January. My younger sister has done it and her hair is healthier and she now has a fierce looking afro. I stopped using relaxer between January and March of this year and then chickened out when the regrowth started coming through and getting tangled. I now know that when you have two different textures in your hair it’s more likely to tangle – and if I am going to go natural I need to be serious about really looking after my hair and be ready to detangle it. At the moment my hair is so chemically damaged and my scalp is dry from using relaxer. I had planned on waiting until after my wedding to go natural but I’m probably going to have a weave installed for the big day anyway…so why not now?
Big chop or slow and steady?
Every time I’ve tried to go natural I’ve given up at around the 3 or 4 month mark. I don’t remember the last time I relaxed my hair, from a quick feel of the roots I’d say maybe end of July or beginning of August. To be honest, I would like to just do a big chop before I lose my nerve, but I’m kinda scared that I will look like a potato so we’ll see about that one. I’ve been wearing a lot of u-part wigs and weaves this year so as long as I have enough hair for a canerow or a leave-out then either way I’m sure it will be fine.
Have any tips for me?
If you have any tips or tricks to make transitioning to natural hair any easier or products that you’ve used and loved please do comment. At this point I’m very open to advice I really don’t want to give up. I want to do it, if only, to have healthier hair.