Going natural has been an amazing journey that I wouldn't change for the world. It's fun learning how to care for my hair while watching it grow long and healthy.
5th grade through 8th grade I wore braid extensions back to back with no breaks in between. I hated wearing my natural hair so much that I decided to get a perm my freshman year of high school. In my eyes, my hair was too short, and it was too thick which made it hard to manage (everyone complained about having to style it). I even went as far as refusing to leave the house unless my hair was braided because my friends had never seen my natural hair and I didn't want them to.
Once I got a perm I went from hearing people complain about how thick my hair was, too how thin it became. My hair went through a complete transformation and I was in shock. I loved having a perm because styling was less time consuming, there were no painful knots to comb out, and it stayed straight 24/7. However, my hair was unhealthy from tons of dry split ends. Every time I went into the salon for a touch up my beautician would have to cut my ends so much that it took away from the length that my new growth JUST created. At the beginning of my senior year, I decided I was going to grow healthy permed hair which ended up working nicely. I had a lot of improvement and tons of hair growth.
Should I Go Natural?
At the end of my senior year, I had the hardest time deciding whether or not I was going to go natural. I researched and watch countless YouTube videos about different hair textures, natural hair styles, natural hair care, and transition journeys before I finally decided that I wanted to grow out my perm. Although some people were unsupportive of my decision, I didn't care because in the long run my opinion was the only one that mattered and I was going natural regardless!!!
I've been transitioning for over a year now and I "big chopped" January 2014. Overall, going natural has had its challenges, but it has also been positive life changing experience. I am overjoyed that I decided to do it. Everyone is different because while some love their natural hair, others hate taking care of it and would prefer a perm. So if you are trying to figure out whether or not you want to go natural don’t take anyone else's opinion into consideration because at the end of the day it’s YOUR HAIR!