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June 24, 2013

Natural Hair Journey- From Big Chop to Waist Length


by Alicia James of MsAliciaJames.com

My oh my how things have changed...

I have been completely natural for over four and a half years and both my hair and regimen have gone through so many different changes.  I've changed too.

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For the first six months after my big chop, I would only do a wash and go. Honestly I had no other ideas on what to do with my newly natural hair.

The last six months of my first year I decided to wear sew in weaves. I continued to wear extensions until I was about fifteen months natural.

When I decided to stop wearing my weaves I was really close to relaxing my natural hair again. I had no information on being natural, I was frustrated, and I was just giving up. It all changed when I found Youtube and all of the amazing blogs. I decided to research and learn about my natural hair.

I started to really experiment with my hair in the second year. During this time I wore many different hairstyles to include- twist outs, braid outs, bantu knot outs, updos and half updos.  I was finally having fun with my natural hair!

Once I got closer to my third year, I really wanted to focus on having healthy and longer hair. So, I decided to start my healthy hair growth journey. Most of my third year I wore two strand twists. I would twist my natural hair and leave it in for about 3-4 weeks, wash deep condition, and repeat. I retained lots of length during my third and fourth year. I think it was because I had a really strict, low manipulation regimen. It worked for me at the time and gave me the results I was looking for.

My fourth year anniversary I reached my length goal of waist length. It was really exciting for me. I was someone who never had long hair. My hair always grew to my shoulders and then broke off. I never thought it was possible.

Now that I am approaching my fifth year I am feeling freer than free. I honestly feel so much, much better than the moment I did my big chop. I feel like I have gotten to a point where I don’t feel like my hair defines me as a person. I am not afraid to experiment, I do what I want to do with my hair. I have a regimen where I use minimal heat.  I switch up my hairstyles and I just have nothing but fun with my hair.  Maybe in the future I’ll add a pop of color with henna. You never know!

Throughout my journey so many things have changed. Not only has my hair changed, I've changed! The journey never ends!

How has your routine and feelings about your hair changed over time? 

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