LaniePierce
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5/25/10

I wore weaves all throughout my 20's (I'm 29 now). There were a few times when I would rock my own hair, but it was never for very long. I always said I would stop wearing weaves when my hair got to a certain length...but...I didn't even start taking care of my hair until 2007. And that was only because I had no choice! I never permed my hair regularly. I found the trips to the salon annoying and I couldn't be bothered. My hair never really got or stayed straight anyway. So I would go when I felt like it. I never kept it up, until I started weaving. For a long time, I was coloring *and* perming my hair. One month I would perm it, the next month I would dye it. Yes- it was permanent dye. And most of the time, I was using blonde color. Its a wonder I have any hair left!

The last perm I ever had was in January 2007...and...I did it myself! I used to perm the hair that I left out for the weave. It got to a point, where I thought it was silly to pay someone to do it. So I started doing it myself. Well, this time, something went wrong! I'm guessing my slow behind didn't mix in the neutralizer, b/c my hair fell out. I wasn't bald. But I saw CLUMPS of hair go down the drain. This was it for me. I wanted to grow my hair back and the sight of all that hair down the drain, seemed to set off something in my brain (I swear that rhyme was unintentional!). I always hated getting perms, but I continued to get them "as needed" for a long time. But it was at this point that I decided to stop. I had no intentions of "going natural." I just stopped perming my hair.

I didn't think of it as a transitional process- or any process for that matter. I just stopped. I continued to wear weaves until the end of that year, when whaddaya know?! The perm was growing out and I could no longer find human hair that matched my hair (i'm allergic to synthetic/packaged hair. It irritates my scalp to no avail). And yes, that is why I "went natural." In December 07' I cut off my weave and chopped off 95% of the relaxed ends. Whenever I would go to a salon, the stylist would ask me why I wasn't natural. I thought this was a ridiculous question. I thought my hair was ugly, my face was too fat, my hair was too short, I wasn't pretty enough etc. But when it got to the point where I couldn't match my hair to the weave, I started brainstorming. I still didn't think I should or would go natural. I was just thinking about different possibilities. Most of them started out with "how can I cover my hair."

At some point, I fell upon NaturallyCurly.com by complete accident. I started reading up and became intrigued...oh wait...you mean...black people have curly hair?! Who would've thunk?! So I started perusing Fotkis (read: stalking) and I was amazed. There were so many beautiful women with beautiful hair. And I had an epiphany (I'm only half serious here!)...I could wear my own hair...and in a matter of time, I could have long, beautiful hair that grew from my head! What a novel idea!

So I did it. I didn't know what my hair would look like. I didn't know what I was doing...but I did it. And in the beginning...I hated it! I felt all those things I'd feared. I looked at myself in the mirror with disgust. I thought I looked ugly. I had *dreams* where I was wearing a long weave. It was serious, folks! But I eventually transitioned my mind. That is the *real* process. I knew that if I could look in the mirror and like myself the way I was- natural hair and all- that would be the real prize. I used to get a "high" from getting my hair (weave) done. I used to feel like a million bucks walking out of the salon. Now I get a high from looking at my own hair. I'm still learning it and trying to understand it. But this has been the real "upper" when it comes to self esteem. This is the reason I feel beautiful. This is the transition that has helped me become a better, more confident me. So I'm glad that there was no human hair available that matched my hair. these days, my hair stands on its own. And I'm loving it!
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