Six Months Natural – #Part 1

So, as promised, it’s officially 6 months since I “big-chopped” and i’m bringing you a short hair series. This is #Part 1:

How & Why I transitioned to Natural hair

First things first, let me give you some #backstory. So to be technical, I had my last chemical relaxer in 14th November 2015 and at this point, I had been texlaxing (more on this further down) my hair for just less than a year. On the 14th February 2016, I grew tired of having to deal with 3 different textures and decided to do a big-chop. The 3 different textures being: natural at the roots, texlaxed to about half way down my hair and literally bone straight at the ends. I chopped A LOT; at the front I could JUST grip the hair for cornrows! The back and sides had more growth so I kept a little length.. I remember sitting there like “OMG, what the actual *bleep* have I done?”. It was a huge identity crisis for me, it was so different from what I was used to and I refused to embrace a TWA so I put it straight into a crochet afro. My one mantra at the time was definitely, “Out of sight, out of mind.” and it certainly helped that my boyfriend at the time absolutely loved it. He definitely inspired me to step into natural territory.

For months and months, consistency for me was key! Going natural is all about preparation and consistency. Although I see so many people sporting Wash & Go’s, I think preparing your hair the night before saves so much time and effort in the morning. More in #Part 2. So that’s HOW I transitioned, now onto WHY.

I decided to transition to natural by accident! I was that girl that loved BONE straight hair, slicked back, straighter-than-straight-can’t-get-no-kinks-in-this hair. As I mentioned previously, I texlaxed my hair for just under a year. Texlaxing is underprocessing the hair when using a chemical relaxer. The results being more stretched (or relaxed) curls but not sleeky straight. Whilst texlaxing, dealing with the 3 textures was tedious and I wasn’t particularly a fan of the breakage at the line of demarcation. Moisturising the three different textures wasn’t difficult but styling it was. I could only really have curly styles and to be honest, the relaxed ends just felt like deadweight.

The one thing I actually did like through the transitioning process was feeling the curls at the roots! As my hair grew between November and February, I found products that hydrated my curls and methods that worked. I began enjoying the thickness of my strands and seeing all these beautiful natural-haired sistas on Social Media with their protective styles (The Power of Hashtags!!!) reminded me of how thick and long my hair was in my younger years. I felt determined to get back to that; alas, here we are!

Have you just started a transition? Are you currently transitioning? Are you considering a transition?

If any of the above apply, what are your reasons? Do you have the patience and do you have the time?

Check out #Part2 – Things I’ve Learned Since Going Natural & How I Maintain It

 

Much Love,

Meech xo

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Hey lovlies, i'm Meech... For the last few years, i've been trying to put together a platform for like-minded individuals to "sustain their pysche". By this I mean strengthen their minds, bodies and souls. A healthy and better version of yourself is created on the inside and flows onto the outside (without sounding so poetic lol). I hope you enjoy this blog as much as i've enjoyed putting it together.

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