My pursuit of naturalness started a mere 4 months ago. I’ve never been happier in my LIFE!! Those around me can’t quite understand my new found love of my hair. It’s actually unexplainable how obsessed I am with my natural tresses. Years ago, my cousin convinced me to go natural. However, I had absolutely positively NO CLUE on what to do. I cut it, dyed it black and…I seen NO curls! I washed it, threw in some black gel (EEEK!) and still…NO curls. I threw some braids in for a good 6 months. Soon as I took ‘em out I threw a perm in because I had neither knowledge nor guidance to even attempt to take care of my new growth.
Fast forward…August 2009, my co-worker is yapping her mouth on going natural and asked me to do the same. I looked at her like she was speaking Chinese math. First thought that came to mind was when I failed previously. I had many of the same general myths of naturalness so I came up with all kinds of “excuses”. 1. I don’t want to look “nappy” 2. its too high maintenance 3. my hair is too thick 4. I don’t want my hair looking dry 5. I already tried and it didn’t work for me. She kept throwing it in my ear and I still didn’t budge. Although I already had my mind made up, I couldn’t help but stare at her computer screen when she was browsing around miss jessie’s website. I’ve always secretly wanted big hair (think Bey in her “work it out” vid) and envy Traci Ross’ tresses. I hate when I get a fresh perm and I have no volume or bigness to my hair. I was dang near ready to get the “Bump It”, lol. Next thing you know, I’m searching natural hair websites and I become so engulfed in this whole new world. It was then I made the decision to reroute my next hair appointment for a touch up to the infamous “BC”.
Since my journey I’ve yet to use an umbrella, my skin has been FLAWLESS, no breakouts on my face, I love the water hitting my head every 2 days and I cant wait til the summer where I’m no longer concerned about the pool messing my hair up, lol. In conclusion, this is by far the greatest decision I’ve made. I’ve networked with so many wonderful people and I can’t wait to see what else my beautiful coils have in store for me!
You know I never saw this?? I love it!!
Hey Kisha! This is CurlyTrainer. You are a lovely natural woman, and I love your sense of humor!
Kisha, this is ChrsLvsBks. You look awesome! I loved reading your story. You are too funny. I hope to see you at future meet ups in the area.
Congrats!! Your hair is gawjus!!
**sniff** you guys are the greatest!! im so glad you like my piece becuz it was truly from the heart. i'll definitely keep you guys posted.
Love this story!
I decided to go natural the first of this year and am rocking the TWA. However, I still have perm in my hair and will hopefully have a fuller head of hair by the end of March. And then, I will be natural!
Please keep us posted on your progress.
Look at you…. Look at You!!!! This is your "Yappy Co-Worker". Look who's yapping now!!!! Seriously, great story and hey, let's just face it….. Do we have "BANGIN" HAIR OR WHAT!!!! Great Job. Proud of Ya Gurl!!……. Koily_K-lo
Great story and beautiful hair!
You look great!!! I enjoyed reading your story of transition and BC. It sounds familiar. I made the same step 2 years ago and I'm still in love with my hair. Again I wish you the best as you continue naturally.
I have become a big fan of this site and check it several times a week. Im coming up on 5 months relaxer free and I feel this story. I receive so little support from my personal life and to see stories like this with other women just going for it makes me want to continue.
Congrats! It is so true that going natural encourages you to take better care of your body from the inside out! Such a wonderful thing!
Congrats on your journey. You will love it. I laughed at your "receiving a hair package in the mail feels like Christmas" comment cause my sample products of Oyin Handmade came yesterday and I was jumping up and down! LOL.
Wow…this really took me back to my early days as a natural! Don't you just want to tell EVERYBODY YOU KNOW about how cool natural hair is? lol
Welcome to the island! (yeah, I'm a Lost fan too)
Thanks for this, Nikki. 🙂
Wow I really enjoyed reading about your triumph to hair freedom…I felt the adrenaline & check how I wasn't the one in the chair feeling/hearing the Buzzzzzz (lol)…U look Beautiful!!! Woooorrrrrkkkk it girl!!!
Your hair looks great. I'm sooo glad you stepped awaaaaay from the bump it.
Love your story!! You are too funny with the "Bump it" I may have to get you one for X-mas next year. Can't wait to hang out with you and the other DC curlies in March.
Great Story!! Congrats! 🙂
You go gurl! Wonderful, inspiring story for this transitioner. And your short, natural hair looks good on you sista. Enjoy the journey!