I got my first relaxer at the tender age of 13. I begged my dad to let me get a "perm". I told him that all the girls in school wore their hair straight, and I was the only one left. He gave in and when I turned 13 he surprised me by taking me to the mall to get my ears pierced and my hair relaxed. I was so happy. I loved how soft and straight my hair looked. I loved the length and I could not wait to start school that year.
Fast forward 20 years later and it is my own daughters complaining to me about how long it takes for me to style their hair and how much it hurts. They want to have straight hair like their mommy and they want to know how old they have to be before they too can have straight hair. I knew that I had to do something. I love their curly hair and I never intended to relax those lovely locks.
I started to do some research about caring for their natural hair. I wanted to learn how to style their hair without causing them any more discomfort. I wanted them to fall in love with their curls. That is when I stumbled onto http://www.curlynikki.com/. and youtube. We spent hours at a time watching women style their gorgeous natural hair. They taught us how to properly care for our precious strands. In no time at all the girls started to fall in love with their curls and started asking me why my hair had no curls. I wanted to see my curls again. I wanted to learn to love my hair the way God made it, the way it grew out of my scalp. That's when I decided that I was going to go for it. I wanted to go natural.
On September 18, 2011 I said goodbye to the last strand of relaxed hair and said hello to my lovely curls.
I will be sharing a lot more about caring and styling our natural hair. We have learned a lot this past year.
Until Later, bye