i used to get asked, "how long have you been natural?" the answer: 22 years. i would get presses, braids, cornrows, twists, weaves, or wash and go. today, i got a texturizer.
a brief history
it took me for-ev-er to muster up the courage. i remember being told by baldheaded little girls in elementary school, "that's why you need a perm". my reply: "so i can look like you? no, thanks". most girls' hair was severely damaged and short. my mother told me that would be my fate if i ever put chemicals in my hair. though she herself had a relaxer at the time (she wears locs now) and my sister has one, she justified not letting me have one: "you dont have hair like me, you have hair like my mother". which was true and when grandma at age 60-something got a texturizer and her hair broke off badly, it was a definite "no, ma'am" situation. so i went without.
i went without ANY chemicals. not even hair dye. that changed when i was 18 and went to college and let an atlanta beautician give me color for the first time at the pursuasion of a friend. the result, nothing really bad happened. my hair was WAY drier but nothing that could not be remedied with deep conditioning and moisturizers.
getting to this point
last summer, i decided i couldnt do it anymore. it's too hot wearing it curly, and presses either get sweated out or revert as soon as there is any moisture in the air. i knew my hair was in no condition to get a relaxer at the end of the summer so i decided to get a sew-in for a couple of months. after that, i flat ironed my hair one last time on January 2- --- i'd like to pretend i know the exact day, but i dont. i could find out but whatever...i know it was the end of the month so thats good enough. anyway, from then, it was washing almost daily and deep conditioning about weekly. i got frustrated this monday and got some consultations and settled on a place not to far from where i work and go to school. made my appointment and here i am:
as you can see, i cut my hair. the next step is to cut it again. one of my goals for straightening my hair was to get a really cute cut. saving that for next time. this was drastic enough for me...