When I made the transition to natural hair, I was probably about 17-years-old. I had been traumatized by repeated trips to the salon, where, in an effort to tame my naps, the stylist would pour chemicals on my head and allow them to sit until my hair would lie in fear of the chemicals.
Eventually, the chemicals took their toll and my hair was not looking too well off by middle school.
Then, I graduated to having my hair braided all the time. Which was fine, except the place where we went in Charlotte would pull our hair so violently, I ended up in her bathroom in tears once. And I was too scared to ever tell her that my head usually hurt for two days after the box braids were put in. Plus it smelled weird there.
So finally, at the tender age of 16 or 17, I got fed up with it, and I somehow decided that I was going to wear my hair in dreadlocks. My mom gave me a really hard time about it – locs were not yet super mainstream, and she associated the style with marijuana use and dirt.
But I was really persistent, and wore my hair in a short style, and nearly 10 years later, here I am!
If any of you are thinking of going natural, and you feel moved to do it, DO IT!
Locs fit my lifestyle. Most people assume I’m from California, largely due to my demeanor and the fact that I sound like Hilary Banks when I talk , and the locs fit the Cali lifestyle. I’m also semi-crunchy, and I work out a ton. But just because the locs fit my lifestyle doesn’t mean that they’re not work.
After weeks of running and working out and washing, my hair was in a state. I didn’t have a ton of time, so I made an appointment with someone local to maintain my locs, but she abruptly canceled on me. My mane couldn’t wait. It was begging for maintenance. And the fact that she abruptly canceled on me made me a little leery. I don’t normally let anyone touch my hair, and I’m not letting someone touch my hair who doesn’t show up for her appointments.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and it was time for John Frieda’s Smoothing Shampoo + Conditioner. I’d read reviews, and black women had said some good things about the way it had left their hair feeling. (Normally I go for Giovanni, but I needed heavy-duty artillery for this mess).
Post-shower + wash, the hair was already looking better, and felt a lot softer.
And I set to the task of twisting with a few clips, since my growth was so soft and not really wanting to stay, with this.
Which leaves the hair feeling light and soft. And there’s no smell really, which is good, cause I hate smelly hair stuff.
Work those clips honey!
Are any of you guys thinking about going natural? Why or why not?