Ifueko Uhunmwangho
by on July 24, 2016
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Hey people:smiley: Tomorrow, the 25th of July will make it two years I’ve been on this natural hair journey, if you count from the day I did my big chop. I had my big chop July 25th 2014, but it was an accident. The plan had been to have it done in October that year. Here’s the gist of how it happened. My hair was in a low cut throughout my secondary school days; and yes it was natural. Graduating in 2012 meant that it was now time to grow my hair. In those days, I knew absolutely nothing about the distinction between wearing your hair natural and having it relaxed. I wish I knew – I probably would have had almost 20 inches of natural afro hair by now. The truth is, even without all that information, I didn't want to relax my hair at that time. My plan was to do that when my teeny weeny afro had grown a bit. But my mum insisted I relax my hair so I could fix a nice style for my graduation ceremony. It was horrible. I looked like a rat that had been beaten by the rain. Sadly, I don't have a picture of it anymore. For the next two years I relaxed my hair and the experience remained horrible. Horrible I tell you. My hair was so light and it seemed like it simply refused to grow long. Packing it into a pony tail required the use of about ten bobby pins to hold down fly away hair. And that still didn't exactly work - when the wind would blow, my hair would be in such disarray I’d end up upset. And there were the relaxer burns, the scalding hot hair dressers, and the grease. I can’t forget the hair stylist rubbing a palm full of grease into my hair and scalp every time I went to the salon to wash my hair. And let’s not forget my edges; my edges soon went bald. I blamed it on braids and I stopped fixing braids. Then in 2013, I ran into an old friend of mine. We had graduated from secondary school at the same time. Her hair was in really good shape. She had it packed in a puff and I immediately fell in love with the coils. Pride wouldn’t let me quiz her about her hair, so I went to Google and Youtube. The first thing I typed in was: “HOW TO GIVE RELAXED HAIR CURLS AT THE TIP”. And that was how I stumbled into the world of Natural African Hair. At first, I couldn't imagine myself wearing my own hair natural. This drove me to search more and more for results on how to put tight curls in relaxed hair. But the call of my natural hair roots was too strong. I watched video after video; tons of them. It was while watching those videos that I made the conscious decision to return to natural. Still, I delayed acting on my decision until 2014. I started transitioning March 2014. My immediate focus was on taking good care of my natural hair and it was soon flourishing. My edges grew back, the shine and body was just amazing. In June, I fixed kinky twists and with it on continued my regimen of applying water, leave-in-conditioner and oil/shea butter. I carried this style for almost 6 weeks. It was all fun until it was time to loosen my hair. My hair had locked due to the leave in buildup, and I had no idea how to undo this or how to even attempt detangling it. As my hair started breaking off in clumps I became severely frustrated, so I ran to a saloon. That didn't help. They tried to comb it out and the pain drove me to tears. After they had battled for almost an hour, I gave up and walked into the adjoining barbershop. I told him to cut my hair. Everyone was shocked except the barber who happily cut my hair; even shorter than I wanted. I went from this To this A friend of mine saw me a little while afterwards and she screamed. She said I looked like a secondary school girl again :smile: And yeah, that's the gist of how I started my natural hair journey…… Bye for now and see you next post :kissing_heart: