Well guys, this weekend I did something I NEVER thought I would do. I chopped my hair off; step one in my journey to "go natural."
For those of you who don't know, "going natural" is a phrase that describes letting your relaxed or permed hair grow out so you can enjoy your natural texture. For some people, going natural involves transitioning and others simply chop off all their relaxed hair, leaving behind their natural curls.
This decision has honestly been a long time coming, but until recently I couldn't bring myself to just let go it. Stress and a few bad relaxers had left my hair weak and unhealthy but I was abnormally attached. I was, and had been for a long time, convinced that long hair equaled beauty. This mantra is something I think all African American girls, hell girls in general, feel at least once in their lifetime. Blame society, magazines, even the voices in our own heads; but this stigma is one of the main reasons I was afraid to cut off all my hair for a very long time. Maybe I wouldn't be beautiful anymore.
And I wish I could tell you that something monumental happened, shifting my focus, but nothing did. I guess I just got over it. Summer is the season of change so maybe I was just ready to start fresh and learn what my hair really looks like. And I don't regret my decision to do so.
Now that doesn't mean that I'll never get extensions or weave again. I probably will. I love long hair on me *insert hair flip*, but I no longer feel like I need it to feel attractive.
And with that the journey begins! For all of my natural followers I would LOVE to hear about your experiences! What made you decide to go natural? What products do you use? As I get more comfortable with my hair, I will be doing posts on different products and techniques that I like so be sure to look out for those.