CurlyBella ***2011-2012 UPDATES***
CurlyBella ***2011-2012 UPDATES***(CurlyBella) avatar
Today is January 11, 2013 and I have been natural for almost 4 years. My hair grew a lot over the last 4 years but in September 2012, I went to a new stylist and he CUT (not trim) my hair! So now, the length is pretty much back to the same length from September 2010! It's ok because my hair is healthier but I didn't ask for a cut and layers!
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Today is February 5, 2012 and I have been natural for almost 3 years, February 28.
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Today is May 19, 2011 and I have been natural for 2 years and 3 months.
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WOW! Where do I start?

This is something that I said that I would never do (sites, etc.) but here I am.
Hair Story:

27 years and 3 months of chemically relaxed hair (yuk!). I've always had nice, healthy, long and well maintained hair. Over the last three or four years, I started thinking about "going natural". The reasons I wanted to make the change was because I was beyond sick of "hair days" - all day, in the house process of relaxing, deep conditioning, roller setting and being under the dryer! I couldn't stand it! So I attempted to "go natural" two or three times, but each time I SLAPPED the creamy crack right back into my hair because I did not have the patience.

My girlfriends started transitioning and eventually went natural early 2008. I had some kinky twist in winter 2007 and one of my chicas kept telling me that I would look great with natural hair after I took out the kinky twist and didn't put a relaxer in for a few weeks...I put a relaxer in at some point and once it grew out I started flat ironing it. I put my last relaxer in around June/July 2008...that is when I started my transition process!!!!

Transition process:
I honestly didn't do anything special and would NOT recommend anything that I did to anyone!!! NOT HEALTHY at all! I just kept roller setting until my roots were too thick for me to handle, then I flat ironed like crazy, then I had my chica put two strand twist in my hair that I didn't take care of and left in too long, after that I just rocked a ponytail and a bun. Like I said, nothing that I did was healthy and I didn't put any real thought into "transitioning" so I didn't comb my hair in between washes, I would just wash and pull it back!!!! Therefore, it would be knotty and tangled up!

Friday, February 27th, I took my hair out of a bun and opened up my head of hair...OMG!! I had dreadlocks! No, for real! I was so upset, I wanted to cry! I talked with my BF and told him I was going to cut my hair off in the morning...he told me to go for it! The next day, I woke up, ate, chilled out...it was now afternoon...my chica's texted me to see what I was doing...we made plans to go get our eyebrows threaded like we always do together...I replied and told one of them that I was about to get a BC (big chop)...she was like "whatever!" (didn't believe me). I went upstairs and tried to comb my hair out with tons of conditioner...the dreadlocks would NOT go away...more and more time passed...I grabbed my shears...and cut the middle dread so that I could still pull the surrounding hair back into a ponytail. I started cutting more and more and more...and before I knew it...BC!!! YEAH!!!!

Previously, I thought I would DIE if I cut my hair or BC'd! Why? Because I literally would spazz out over a trim...and I have never had short hair and I thought I would look a hot mess with it and just didn't think I had the facial features to pull it off....well, well, well...I didn't cry, I wasn't mad or upset! I loved the results!!!!!

I absolutely love my natural texture and as far as I can see, there is no turning back!!!

Be sure to read my journal.

Enjoy!!!!
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