When was your first relaxer?
When did you relax and when?
In 5th grade I was the only natural girl in my class with barrettes and pony tails. I felt like I had miss the memo. So I began to beg my mom to get one. She said no the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time and told me when you go to 6th grade you can get a relaxer if you still want one then. The school year ended and that summer before 6th grade came around , I sat down the night before school and said mom I’m ready for my relaxer and from that day forward I was relaxed.
Did you Transition or big chop when you returned natural?
I transitioned for 8 months (6/2013 to 3/2014) then big chopped the rest of relaxed hair in march of 2014.
What motivated you to return natural?
It became very prevalent to me to make my actions speak louder than my words. I would tell my 2 beautiful children every day your hair is beautiful , big hair is beautiful but yet I wasn’t embracing my big bold, kinky, curly texture. After my last relaxer I decided to show my children better then I can tell them and here I am 17 months later happy and truly proud of all of our hair.
What were your go to natural hair styles?
Pony tails, twists, bantu knots, and roller sets. It helped me hide the two different hair textures. The natural curly, coily, kinky texture and the relaxed straight texture battle wasn’t easy but was worth it. These core hair styles helped me blend the two textures appearing as one.
What were your go to TWA (teenie weenie afro) hair styles during big chop phase?
Faux pony tails, fro hawks, twists and curl coils. These hair styles helped me cope with the lack of hair especially the faux pony tail. When you big chop you are no longer able get a normal pony tail. You have to create an illusion of one. Curl coils were the easiest and my favorite. When creating the curl coil it’s all in applying your product of choice, sectioning a piece of your hair and twisting your hair in one direction thus creating these small beautiful coil curls.
What are your hair goals?
Length retention and healthy tail bone length hair
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