You see, I've always gone to the beauty salon from the time I was a really young girl. That's me over there ---> probably age 3. See the hair? Pre-relaxer and it would never sta in a plait. I don't know at what point I got a relaxer, but I'm sure it was in elementary school, and I've had one ever since.
Every other week throughout my formative years found me in
the hair salon. It was a love-hate relationship. I knew it had to be done as I was not equipped to do hair, but I dreaded sitting on the dryer and getting a relaxer. I would stretch out getting a relaxer for 3-4 months because I just despised it, yet I did it. Let's have a look back over the years.
I was probably 11-12 years old in in this image (that's when I had braces). Look at the length and yes, it was (still is) quite thick. I didn't do much with it but wear it like that or in a single ponytail.
Here's one of my senior portraits from high school:
This image was taken in 2000:
2005, the first time I put color in my hair. I had it like that for about a year:
As you can see, I've always had length and thickness! My previous post has an image of me earlier this month when I was in London. Well, at some point in May I gave serious consideration to going natural. I had a long conversation with my stylist about it, knowing that I wanted to amp up my workouts this summer, and do something different. I began to read natural hair care blogs and follow some on folks on twitter. The more I read, the more I was ready to do it.
My plan was to transition over a period of time. To keep cutting my ends every 1-2 months. Well, that didn't happen. A month after deciding to go natural, I chopped off the relaxed ends. I did that this past Friday! I feel So.Very.Free! Here's a montage of my new cut:
I'm luvin' it!