As some of you may already know, I've decided to make the transition from relaxed (chemically straightened) hair to natural hair. You can read all about my decision in my original "Hair Struggles" blog. It's been nearly 3 months now since the last time I received a chemical relaxer. Any African-American woman reading this blog right now, knows that's not easy.
My new growth is healthy, strong, and kinky; while my relaxed hair is
straight and weak. Finding a style that blends the two textures has
been interesting. Instead of doing more damage by using a flat iron to
straighten all my hair, I've been sleeping with rollers to make it all
curly (Picture 3 above). I've been avoiding using heat on my hair as much as possible.
I'm not ready to do the *big chop yet, and I was looking for a low maintenance hair style that would help me through this transition phase. I've had braided extensions before, so I thought it would be a good time to venture into braids again. I got my hair braided this weekend, and although the salon didn't do them the way I'd wanted them, it doesn't look bad. I'm hoping to keep this style up for at least a month. Because of the expensive price tag that comes with hair weaves, I won't be getting braids again anytime soon. Right now, the plan is to do the big chop after my graduation in July. I should have a good amount of new growth then, and I'm actually getting excited.
This has definitely been an emotional journey so far, but I've found lots of support and inspiration online. YouTube is full of videos from other African-American women who have decided to go from relaxed to natural hair also. I've become a fan of Natural Chica, Mae. Natural Chica is a young woman who has documented her hair journey to inspire other women. Below is her video of her big chop!