Hi Nikki,

I wanted to submit my story so that maybe it can inspire someone that is getting the pressure to straighten her hair for her big day.

I got married in September 2007, in Montego Bay Jamaica. At the time I was 6 months post BC (transitioned for 10 months). As I was going through my wedding plans, I recieved one resounding question “What are you going to do with your hair?” It usually came with raised eyebrows which I knew to mean, “I know she’s not going to keep her hair like that”. I would simply tell them, I don’t know yet. I would also receive comments and tips such as “well why don’t you flat iron it or get braids?” As my day got closer, I contemplated getting braids, but then I thought, hey, I spent a year and a half growing and learning my hair… I want to show it off!!

So my big day came, and I wore my hair in a twist-out adorned with a flower, which was the perfect style for my beach wedding (I even went barefoot!!), and I received an enormous amount of compliments. The photographer, which was provided by the resort we married at, told me, ” You are beautiful, and I love that you let your hair flow for your day.” She had the best jamaican accent too… lol. Needless to say, my husband and I truly enjoyed ourselves.

Thank you,