I Cut My Natural Hair... And I'm So Happy!



 by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

 Yes, it’s true I cut my natural hair, and I am so happy that I did! I began my natural hair journey in 2009. I transitioned for 24 months and I would say I was “fully” natural by 2011, when I cut the remaining relaxer from my hair. My hair thrived, it was healthy and super long. Many said my hair was “goals” for them.

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"This is a journey and not a race." #CNCurlfriends



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. (Name, where you’re from, etc)
My name is Jessica and I’m Haitian -American. I am a certified makeup artist and owner of Beauty By Ms Jesse LLC.  I do any and all kinds of makeup from beauty and fashion to special effects. As far as my hair journey, it really started when I stopped straightening my hair in December 2013. I realized I had heat damage to my natural hair and wanted my curly hair back. I did a transitional chop on November 12 2014.

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Cree Brown- 'My Breakthrough Happened When I Became Loyal to My Hair, Not a Brand'



by Cree Brown

In 2010, when I started my natural hair journey, I was at the gym and a curlfriend recommended I try SheaMoisture products because the ingredients were better than what I was using. From 2010 until late 2015, SheaMoisture was all that I used. I had SheaMoisture erythang. But, in November 2015, I noticed what I believed to be a change in their product’s consistency, more specifically with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I was in panic mode because the consistency was so off I was afraid to use it. I had no idea what to do. The ends of my hair were becoming increasingly drier, and every bit of growth was being trimmed off because my ends were so dry and damaged. I had to do something, but what?...

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Nadieya- 'Enjoy the ride, learn your hair, learn yourself.'




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. (Name, where you’re from, etc)
My name is Nadieya Barco. I am from Raleigh, NC. I was born in the little town of Elizabeth City, NC. Also, I attend school at Elizabeth City State University and I am a junior.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural for a little over 3 years. When I was in high school I did not embrace my curls. I had a mohawk and kept it straight, “laid to the Gods”. This resulted in heat damage, but I just considered my pattern to have changed to wavy.


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Anesia Is Naturally Glam!


Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was a transitioner. I started my journey after I met my then boyfriend (now husband) in 2010. I actually didn’t even know I was transitioning until I read about it online a year later. All I knew was that my husband loved my natural hair over my straightened hair. From then on my curls have changed so much from the loose damaged curls I had, to the voluminous curls I have today!

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The Reluctant Natural- Jascmeen's Journey to Natural Hair


by Jascmeen of Jascmeen.com

I’m what you’d call a “reluctant natural.” After years of relaxers, something just changed and my hair started to behave differently. It was dry, breaking off, and it just wasn’t the hair I was used to. In honor of my 1 year Natural-iversary, here’s a timeline of my journey and a Big Chop video. If you’re just starting out, here are the great and not so great moments you can look forward to. (A lot of these pics aren’t so great, sorry they’re old and some of them were never meant to leave the sanctity of my Camera Roll. Oh well. We’re all friends here.)

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Did You Do Your Own Big Chop?

Photo by Pamela Moore -- Getty Images


As more curlies are taking the DIY approach, many are also forgoing the salons for even the most tedious of tasks. Is that a bad thing? Of course not. With the right knowledge, resources, and determination a curly girl can do just about anything. Professionals are always a viable option, do not DIY if you do not feel comfortable. This is exactly what Klloydmajestic wanted to know when she inquired about doing her own big chop (BC) at in our Curly Q&A section.

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Started from the Bottom- Jewe Jewe Bee's 6 Year Natural Hair Journey


Jewe Jewe Bee writes:

I hope that you're having a great holiday season! I just uploaded a video about my natural hair journey.  It shows how I started from the bottom with my hair struggles that I faced while I had chemical and heat damage, as well as my transformation 6 years later!

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Juliet Marz is Naturally Glam!




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
I'm Juliet Marz and I’m a Afro-Latina Hair Consultant/Influencer and a Hair&Beauty Blogger from Connecticut, but I now reside in New Jersey.  When I moved from Connecticut to New Jersey, I stopped going to the stylist who did my hair from ages 16-20. I literally stopped getting relaxers cold turkey and just wore my hair in buns for an entire year. I didn’t even know what transitioning was. I just stopped getting my hair done, and stopped putting heat in it. Eco styler gel was my best friend. One day, I came across the website naturallycurly.com and read a few articles and started to realize that I’d been transitioning for an entire year and maybe I should cut off my relaxed ends and go natural. So that’s just what I did, I bought a pare of sheers from Walmart and cut all of the straight ends off. I was scared but hey, it’s just hair. I’ve dyed & fried my hair since I was 14 years old so doing this didn’t scare me as much as having damaged hair for the rest of my life. After I cut my hair I went to Sally’s beauty supply and bought Beautiful Textures entire line of products. I researched day in and day out about all things natural hair. I didn’t like my hair in the beginning but once I started to learn more about MY natural hair and what it likes, I started to embrace it and even love it. I then started to help others build regimens and answer all the questions they had even if it was the middle of the night, I wanted to help. Going natural has been the best decision I’ve ever made and I would love to help others feel secure about their natural hair and not hide it like I did for years.


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Nacketia from Jamaica is Naturally Glam!




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
I’m Nacketia Knight, mother of one from the beautiful paradise island of Jamaica. I have been natural for most of my life but did not start my journey until October 2011. I transitioned for a year, did a small chop ( there really wasn’t much left to cut off) and never looked back since.

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Glam Idol, Sheriden- '...cutting it off was empowering.'




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Sheriden. I’m 23 years old, and I’m a writer who’s all about being transparent, authentic, and putting good, real vibes out into the world. I blog at The Indie Byline where I collect life moments – both big and small, go on the best foodie adventures, and fumble at love one boy at a time lol. I also have a YouTube channel where I am curating love lessons through real talks with people sharing their views on love and self love. My natural hair journey started 4 years ago when I decided I just wasn’t about that relaxed hair life no mo’. Since then I have grown, I have chopped, I have dyed, and now I have grown some more lol.

 How long have you been natural?
4 years strong! It is annoying at times but I wouldn’t change it for the world. There’s so much personality and versatility with black hair that I love and that goes doubly with being natural. I am actually thinking about getting starter locs this winter…


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Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
Hi! My name is Loana Novaes. I am 27 years old. I’m originally from Bahia, but I currently live in São Paulo, Brazil.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve been natural for six years. I have always embraced my hair, but for a long time I thought having straight hair would be easier for its daily care.



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Tanaja- "This hair style is VERY low maintenance!"




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Tanaja Spiller, everyone calls me MJ. I currently live in Huntsville, Alabama. I am a graduate from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. My family lived in Anniston, Alabama for a couple of years and then Germany until I was 6. For the remainder of my childhood, I lived in Montgomery, Alabama.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural all of my life. My mom never allowed me to get a perm after seeing what it did to my older sister’s hair. My mother easily managed my hair by keeping it braided. She was very creative with the different braided hairstyles she would give me! As I got older, my mom felt that I was outgrowing braids and she started to hot comb my hair. The first time I experienced the process, I was so upset and I just wanted my braids back. I went to school that morning with straight hair and by the time I came back home, a combination of the Alabama heat and my sweat had ravished my hair. I heard so many jokes and laughs, at my expense, that I went home and washed my hair (without my mom’s permission). I begged her to braid my hair. So at 14 years old, I wasn’t embracing my curls in the slightest bit.


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Clarissa- "I transitioned to natural hair in 2008 and it was hard for me."




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Clarissa. I’m from Aldan, Pennsylvania which is right outside of Philadelphia. I’m currently a graduate student at Moore College of Art and Design. “Class of 2016!!”

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I transitioned in 2008 and it was hard for me. There were not a lot of natural hair resources back in ‘08, but I transitioned with protective styles like sew-ins and braids. The summer of 2009 I cut off the rest of my permed hair. In the beginning of my journey, it was all about getting to know my hair. I had to go through a lot of products to understand what worked best with my hair.  This may sound sad, but I did not always embrace my texture. At first, I compared my hair to other naturalistas. I think this is something naturals need to learn to avoid. Once you embrace what you have, you can love what you have and enjoy your journey. Over the years I’ve learned to embrace my curls, it was a process, a journey.


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Keyana- "My fiance loves my natural hair..."




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Keyana. I’m 25 and engaged. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve been fully natural for less than a year now. I haven’t always embraced my hair. I used relaxers in my hair all the time because that was all I knew. I’d been getting relaxers since middle school.

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Tiara- "My hair has never been so thick and healthy before."


 

Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Tiara Simons. I’m a multicultural black American, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. The majority of my family is from North Carolina. My family has Native American, Caucasian, and some Latin descent.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural for a year. I never used to embrace my curls because in middle school, kids picked at me about my hair if it wasn’t straight. It was also due to an incident in high school when a girl told me the roots of my hair were African and my length was Spanish.

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Erica- "Embrace the beauty of your natural hair and get it cut frequently.



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Erica Julia Mansfield. I am Nigerian and Russian, and I live in Surrey.

How long have you been natural?
I've always been natural.  I didn’t appreciate the beauty of my curls until I was about 13. I wanted to chemically straighten my hair for ages, but I’m glad I didn’t.


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Nafisat is Naturally Glam!



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Nafisat. I’m a Nigerian Architecture student schooling in Lagos. I love blogging, having fun with friends and meeting new people.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural for two years now.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I initially wanted healthy, long, relaxed hair, but after doing the chop and 4 months of transitioning I fell in love with my curls. I have not looked back since. I wanted to transition for 8 months then chop it, but I was too anxious to see what my texture looked like.


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Amanda Jean- "Temporary color is a fun and simple way to jazz up your fro!"






Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Amanda Jean Jacques. I am from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica. I come from a family where hair has always been a big deal. We all had lots of hair; my mom, dad and my older brother and sister all had locs, but the decision was never forced on us. I am so thankful we were able to make our own decision because I was always, and still am too spontaneous to make such a permanent decision with my hair.

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"The beauty of your hair is not defined by its texture, but its health."- Whitney R.




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Whitney Rochette and I was born in Curacao (a very small island somewhere in the Caribbean). I am half Dominican and half Antillean. My hair is a beautiful struggle and my mother noticed this when I was little Whitney. Whenever she announced that she was going to wash my hair, I immediately ran to the garden and tried to hide myself between some animals. At some point my mother got tired of this routine and decided to relax my beautiful curls. Twelve years later, at the age of 18 years old, I decided to start transitioning…best choice ever!

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I am officially natural since 2013, so almost two years. I started transitioning in 2011, but I made a huge mistake…I used a texturizer. My hairdresser explained me that a texturizer is similar to a relaxer. At that point, I decided to cut my hair.


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