Mommy, will I have straight hair like you when I grow up? That is the question that Little Mama asked me one day as she watch me brush my hair. What was I suppose to tell her?
I started off by explaining to her that my hair is only straight because of a relaxer and of course she wanted to know what a relaxer was and when she would be able to get a relaxer put in her hair? I never really thought about ever putting a relaxer in my girls hair. I wanted them to never want something like that. I wanted them to love their hair the way it was, natural and curly. But that was not what my girls wanted. They wanted hair that was long and straight and easy to comb just like their mama.
That was last May 2010. After hearing Little Mama's thoughts on what beautiful hair was, I felt very conflicted and started to really think about why I continued to get my hair relaxed and what my true feelings were about beauty. Being the research junkie that I am I started looking for information on natural hair and how to grow and take care of it. I wanted to know if it was really possible to have long, healthy natural hair. I read books like this www.amazon.com/Its-All-Good-Hair-Childrens/dp/0060934875 . I watched Chris Rock's Movie Good Hair and went on web sites like http://www.curlynikki.com/ , mochamom-cherishmydaughter.blogspot.com , bglhonline.com and thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com . I searched You Tube and learned as much as
I could about growing, styling and caring for our type of kinky, curly and coily hair.
By July 2010 I was ready for the challenge. I didn't want to cut all my hair off and start from scratch so I decided to transition slowly instead. That means, that I will be growing my hair out and trimming off the relaxed ends little by little as my natural hair begins to grow. This process will probably take any where between 1- 3 years. So far I'm loving it. I haven't had my hair relaxed since May 2010. It's been 6 months.
My girls are so excited and happy for me. We all have learned a lot this past 6 months and we are all learning to love our hair and appreciate it's beauty. I can't believe that it's taken me almost 20 years to do this.
Well that's all for now, until later bye.