All my life i was taught to fight my hair. It is my culture to just relax it, to chemically keep it straight. Everyone i know relaxes their hair. There is only one person that i know who doesn't. My godsister. She embraced her curly hair since she was old enough to do it herself. To this day, you will see her with long very curly hair that is halfway down her waist. I never considered it for myself. My mom had me relaxing my hair since i was around 13. I just recently decided that enough was enough. It is past time for a touch up but i just didn't want to do it anymore. I researched ALOT on growing out relaxed hair, and i decided to do it. OH MY GOSH!!!!!! The two different textures of my hair have me so upset. So I decided to buy a home perm kit to curl my hair so that all of my head would be one texture. My husband did it for me.
See exhibit one.
Thats me grinning like a fool because my husband was cracking jokes about my hair the whole time. It took over 3 hours and i was exhausted. But...guess what? It didn't take!!!
My hair is so overwhelmed by the relaxer that it just would not really curl. Only the new growth on the top of my hair kept the perm curls.
So, out of frustration, yesterday in the shower I chopped my hair off. I cut a bunch of the relaxed part away (That is also the advice for people who are "transitioning" from relaxed back to natural hair). I refused to make it short enough for just my new growth to be seen. I will NOT wear an afro. Power to all those women who could pull it off, but that's just not me. So i kept it just long enough that it is somewhat easy to manage (just wash and wear) and it will make the transition less noticeable.
Oh, i forgot to mention that my husband had to rescue me because i made the cut to my hair REALLY uneven. And thanks to him, it also is a bit shorter than i wanted! He thought i wanted to shorten it more than it was, instead of evening it out. So even though it is not the shortest i have had my hair in my lifetime, it is shocking to me. Here is a quick look back at my looks over the years.
So here it is....the new me. Everybody hold their breaths..............Uh, where is the drumroll?
Here we go....the new me:
I know, I know, horrible pictures. Not the hair necessarily, but the way the picture is taken. Too close right? lol. But you can see my curls and i am not going to straighten my hair again, be it by chemicals or flat irons! I am embracing the curl! And surprisingly there are loads of website encouraging the same thing! Not only am I embracing the curl though, since i am not chemically treating it, it will be natural and (hopefully) healthy!