Reginastwin writes:

Nikki,

I’ve been enjoying your community for quite some time now. THANK YOU SO MUCH for creating a helpful, fun, user-friendly site. I have received so many valuable tips on how to properly care for natural hair especially for my two daughters’ “uber” thick heads of hair! I have been inspired by the wonderful stories of why some chose to go natural, be it just “to embrace the curls that they were blessed with” or “stand out” as unique in the vast sea of bone-straight styles.

I, too, have learned to embrace my curls but only after losing most of it to illness. At the suggestion of my doctor, it would be in the best interest of the health of my hair to discontinue all chemical processes in order to let my scalp rest and heal. I also started taking high quality supplements. I didn’t BC but slowly cut off the relaxed ends every 3 months or so. It’s been 2 1/2 years since I’ve had my last relaxer and my hair has grown tremendously. I get tons of compliments and I am loving every bit of it! However, it still tends to be fragile so I have to handle with care.

How many have made the decision to go natural due to health reasons?

How did you adjust? Did your self-esteem initially take a hit?