From what I can remember, as a child I had this long thick hair. Thick in a sense of having a lot of hair on my head. I think I was about 10 years old when my Mom decided on straightening my hair in an attempt to make it more manageable. Relaxer followed in the years thereafter.
Many years after, I started wondering what it would be like to start over and see if the same hair that I had as a child would grow back. At the time, I had no knowledge of transitioning or even the term “going natural”. For me this was just starting over, hoping to grow my childhood hair back. My husband said it was a crazy idea but the day he said well then, go for it, I jumped at the chance. The BIG CHOP was the most liberating thing I’ve ever experienced. I received so much compliments and praises but my Mom on the other hand freaked out every time she saw me. Haha.
As my hair grew I started to research about my hair type and how to care for it and also hairstyles. At that time I haven’t heard about natural hair anywhere so for me all of this was new. I think the natural hair movement only started 2 -3 years ago amongst South Africans. Online I came across so many recourses that taught me about using sulphate-free shampoos, co-washing, detangling and moisturising. At first it was alot to absorb but I learnt very quickly what works for my hair and what not.
My hair grew at a very rapid pace, past the length it usually stopped growing at in my relaxer days. I rarely did a blowout as my hair tends to frizz real quick. I started to experiment with colour, first with henna and then I used the normal stuff.
By the end of 2014 I was completely blonde and I loved it but at the pace that my hair was growing, my dark brown/black hair quickly showed.
Then sometime this year I was tempted to cut it and I did. After a few months with the shorter hair I had it cut some more as I could feel my hair thinning from all the colouring. There was just a few blonde ends left and recently I chopped that off too.
So…this I how I currently wear my hair. And even with all my grey hair showing, I still love it. (Can’t wait for it to grow longer though)