I started relaxing my hair when I was 13 and kept on relaxing my roots every three to six months until I was 24. I only cut the ends once or twice a year so it got pretty long. I was so proud of my long straight hair. Everybody use to think I had a weave or a wig.
My sister had done the big chop a while ago and she had long beautiful curly hair but I remembered my natural being coarser than hers. To be honest, I couldn’t even remember what my natural hair was really like. I could only remember it being difficult to deal with and very dry and tangled. I thought it was very coarse like my mum because my unrelaxed roots felt that way.
One day, I relaxed my hair myself instead of going to the salon because I was broke. Bad idea. My scalp was burnt which made me think about the chemicals I was putting in my head over the years. That is how the back to natural idea started to make its way through my mind slowly. I was thinking about the future and what I would tell my child(ren) (if I am lucky enough to have any one day) if they ask why my hair as straight if theirs is curly.
I decided to transition to natural but the point where my relaxed hair was meeting the natural hair was so tangled that I got fed up with the transitioning process.
So I finally decided to do the big chop in September 2015 so it has almost been a year. I am not going to lie it has not been an easy year hairstyle-wise. I have been loving my TWA, I have been hating it, I have been missing my straight hair and showing off my bouncy curls. In other words, I am learning how to deal with my natural.