Islandgurl3601 coming here to let you know what I have learned about my hair since my BC on December 19, 2009. Just gonna let you know a little more about me. I will answer some questions that have been posted to me by friends.
When did you make the decision to go natural?
I made this decision in some time in the summer of 2009.
Why did you go natural?
Well my 11 year old who is in 6th grade started to talk about wanting a perm for graduation, sort of as a right to passage into Jr. High. I thought about it and told her no to which her response was but you and Elisa(her older sister) have a perm. Ideally as parents we want to teach our children by example, this is not always the case but I try my best to do so. I felt like the kid was calling me out and not wanting to be a hypocrite I made a pact with her that I would go natural and then we both could embrace our God given uniqueness. At first I thought I would not BC, I had past shoulder length hair and just could not recall what my natural hair would be like short. However, as I transitioned and watched YouTube videos about the subject I got more comfortable with the idea of a BC and wondered what my hair would really be like. The deciding factor was when I took my hair out of a protective style braids with extensions. I was unaware that I needed to clear my hair before I washed it and when I washed it the knots that were in my hair were as tight as a boat knot used for boating! Now once it took me hours to get my hair presentable (needless to say I lost lots of hair in the process) I decided enough was enough! Why was I holding on to the straight hair? So I decided to let go and start fresh.
Do you regret going natural?
No No No....I love my natural hair! I am learning as I go along but overall the process is so liberating. I am enjoying reading and learning how to take care of my hair and I love the fact that I can go to the beach as often as I want and as late as I want without having to go home and deal with washing, blowing and styling my hair.
What has been your best experience since going natural?
Ohhhhhh its simple but....one day as I walked downtown St. Thomas it started to rain. At first I started to run but then realized..Ha I no longer have a perm so who cares if my hair gets wet. Needless to say I was soaking wet but kept on walking and I enjoyed feeling the rain on me.
What changes if any have come with your natural hair?
Mainly I am still the same of course. The one thing that has changed is that I read all the labels of products that I put in my hair. I am more knowledgeable about what is good or not for my hair and thus far it takes me little to no time to get ready to leave my house.
Like I said I am still learning but mostly if one is going natural or is newly natural one must remember that water is your hairs best friend. Our hair craves moisture so a good moisturizer is also important. Cone, mineral oil and sulfate products are not the best for our hair. It is also important to own a wide tooth comb for de-tangling and a Denman brush these items have worked well for me. We must also be gentle with our hair.
Now this is just my first blog I hope to post some reviews and please feel free to ask me questions I will answer every one.
My motto lately "Dare to be different, be yourself, there is only one you, and you are uniquely special".
Until next time Dolls!