The Day Before The Big Chop

On this day last year I was going through something awful with my hair. I was struggling through the transition phase trying to hold on to my damaged relaxed hair and trying to embrace the texture of new growth. I had just started to document my hair journey and this is my first blog post that I posted on nappturality :

February 17, 2010
I have been trying to document my transition to natural hair on facebook but decided that I will probably get better support if I document my transition here as well. My last relaxer was in August 2009. I have tried different transitioning styles but am really getting frustrated with relaxed ends but I’m not sure if I am ready for the BC. Mainly because my hair has not been short since 1998. 
Today I’m trying to make the two strand twists last another day (I did them on saturday). Last night I gathered a few and twisted together then did a bantu knot. Carefully took them done & now I have curly twists. Not sure how my coworkers are going to like it but oh well at least I’m trying.

This was my last day of transitioning

The comments I got from this post were sympathetic because some were going through the same thing and a few comments gave me some advice.

Looking back on this a year later I realized that I was too busy being concerned what others thought about my hair instead of me caring about the health of my hair.

Documenting my journey has encouraged me to learn more about caring for natural hair. On those days that I did not know what to do with my hair or thought that going back to the perm would be easier I looked at the pictures I took and at my past posts to see what I was able to do so far.

I also gathered pictures of hair styles I wanted to try, found support on natural hair sites, read some books on natural hair care and surrounded myself with positive people. It made a world of difference in changing my thoughts about natural hair. It made me realize that getting relaxers, wigs or weaves are not my only options.