I’m a 21 year old college student majoring in journalism in the beautiful southern state of North Carolina. So far I have been natural for about 7 months. I decided to go back to my natural roots due to my crazy and uncontrollable hair breakage. I remember I would get a relaxer just about every single month and was becoming addicted to having straight, beautiful hair (I thought straight was the only beautiful then). With my hair shedding and becoming too wild for me to handle, I knew I had to make a change.
It was Christmas Eve 2009 that I knew that I really needed to come into my own. I needed to stop being afraid of my natural beauty and stop worrying about what others may think of my new look. At that moment, I knew I had to do it. It wasn’t until Christmas day when I finally chopped off my remaining relaxed ends. I had so many emotions rolling around in my mind.
My family loved my new look and quickly embraced it with open arms. It made me feel so good and I knew that I had made the best decision. Since then I have noticed that I have gained more self confidence and my self-esteem is through the roof! I have let go of caring what others think of me. I no longer want to look like the beauties in the magazines with long, silky straight hair. I want to look like ME and nobody else. To go with my look I have also gone back to the things that I really enjoy doing which are photography & creative writing. I wake up each day with a greater appreciation for life.