Let me first start off by saying that I honestly had no intention of going natural – well, at least not this time around. I’d tried many times in the past to give up the creamy crack but was very unsuccessful each time. So, when I say that going natural was the furthest thing from my mind – I mean it!
So would you believe me when I say that I haven’t relaxed my hair in nearly 9 months? Wow – that sounds weird to me but it’s true. September 2011 was the last time I had my hair relaxed.
Again – this was not by choice or at least not in the beginning.
I was somewhat forced to go natural – at least that is how I like to look at it. You see, my hairdresser (who I had just found only that summer) got married and then decided to move to Washington State.
She was the first person that I had actually trusted in a long time to do my hair. And I had every intention of going in before she moved to get my hair done but of course, I didn’t make it. The idea of having to find someone else to do my hair was way more than I could even stand. So, I kept putting it off because I felt like I couldn’t trust anyone else.
A funny thing happened. Though after she left, I realized that I had already gone three months without a relaxer. I thought, “If I can go three months, I can go four months.” And then four months turned into five months and five months turned into six months.
Here I am eight months in and it’s not that bad – and it’s cheaper. When I was getting my hair relaxed, it was $100 a visit. That’s $600 per year to straighten some hair. :-( Are you kidding me? Do you know what I could do with an extra $600 a year?
It just seemed to make more sense for me to give going natural another try again.
I don’t know if I was just more mentally prepared for it this time but it does seem to be a bit easier this time around. And I am enjoying it more. I’m excited to see how my hair turns out in the next few months.
I really have no intention of going back to relaxing my hair. Here are a few reasons why:
- Because I don’t want to have to look for someone to do it for me.
- It’s way to expensive.
- I’m a little bit lazy.
So, I guess you could say I’m turning my fear of finding a new hairdresser into a positive. I’m grateful for it. Even though, I’m finding that natural hair is a little more work – actually a lot more work – than relaxed hair, I think I’m enjoying it more. It gives me more freedom to really do what I want with my hair without burning it out.
Anyway, those are my reasons for going natural. I’d love to hear from those of you who are transitioning and going natural, or are natural yourselves. What were the reasons you went natural? Was it a forced decision or was it something that you happily chose to do?