The Big Chop (Sort of)
In 2012, I cut all the struggle hairs off. My hair felt and looked healthier, but I was still using heat on the weekends due to that cheek insecurity I explained and my lack of knowledge about shrinkage.
I began educating myself on how to maintain moisture and still create healthy fast growth. Over the course of two years, I slowly stopped straightening my hair and using heat altogether. By the end of 2014, I was embracing my curls with open arms. I was not where I wanted to be, but the progress I made was impressive. People began noticing a real change in my hair and the feedback was nothing but positive. This created a confidence I had never experienced before.
I began obsessing over natural hair vloggers and their stories. I was learning tricks to promote healthy growth. I started experimenting with protective styles, co-washes and products until I found a definitive mixture that allowed my curls to bounce and be free.
All in all, going natural is a long process and you have to be dedicated. But, it’s worth it. Once you find what’s best for you and your curl pattern, results will soon follow!