My Natural Hair Transition Journey

January 17, 2009

Natural Hair Transition

Today, I decided to transition my hair to natural. I flirted with the idea many times over the last year and finally had the courage to declare it today. I’m scared and excited at the same time. The sudden decision came when I started thinking about how I didn’t feel like going through the motions of prepping my hair for a relaxer in two weeks. I realized that I’ve barely worn my hair straight over the last four months and didn’t plan to until the summer came. So I was going to stretch until the summer. Then I thought… Why the heck would I stretch my hair for eight months? I might as well just go natural, right? And so the thoughts began… How bad could it be?

I remember what my natural hair was like. It was long, thick, and painful to deal with. Seriously, I didn’t know what to do with it. So I let my cousin relax it when I was sixteen and I’ve been chasing that long and thick hair ever since. It went from almost the middle of my back to just below my ear in two years from damage and horrible haircuts. I finally got it back to full APL but I know it will shine if it was returned to its natural glory. Also, I now know more about dealing with my type 4 something hair (I think, I still haven’t figured out this hair typing thing) in its natural state. A big Thank You for technology!

Last, I’m not doing this because I’m anti-relaxer. I’m doing it because I finally realized that a relaxer is not for ME. This is a personal decision that I don’t plan to force down anyone’s throat or psychoanalyze. My blog will not change significantly and I will continue showcasing all black women… regardless of texture. My hair does not define me and no matter what choice you make for yourself… I hope you feel the same way about your own hair. Follow me on my new natural hair transition journey… 5,4,3,2,1 :)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

APJONABUDGET January 17, 2009 at 8:52 am

Congratualations, even though this will not be an easy journey, I believe the rewards will be plentifull. Are you planning to have a long transition?

Nae January 17, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Congrats lil cuz. I knew you were going to do it eventually. Good luck on your journey!

Dani January 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm

APJ << Thanks, I’m thinking at least a year. I don’t have the guts to BC right now. I’m already four months post and hoping to make it to October.

Nae << Awww… Thanks cuzzo. But which one of them fools told you about my hair blog, lol…

mojo January 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm

good luck! i transitioned for a year before i BC’d. see you on the other side!

Stacey February 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Hi… Congratulations on your decision to transition over to natural hair. I stopped relaxing in October. Right now I’m taking the easy way out and wearing braids. I can’t stand them but it makes my life easier, lol.

Looking forward to experiencing the journey with you!

Aggie May 16, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Hey Dani (BotanyGrl), this is Aggie from LHCF. Just thought Id stop by an show you some love and support honey. Congrts on your choice to transition to natural hair in January of this year. Incidently, I made a choice to transition to texlaxed hair round about the same time for the sole pursuit of thicker but yet still manageable hair. I feel it is the best thing for me at this time. Good luck on this new pursuit in your hair journey and all the best,


mixite April 14, 2011 at 1:56 am

I so so glad i’ve seen your blog!!!!
Well i’ve started my journey on the next day of my last relaxer in February and have been trying to treat my hair with natural products ever since… and tis very difficult coz i live in mauritius and we don’t have lots of natural hair products here!
I too afraid of the BC and i just can’t see that as an option! but i do want to grow my natural hair back!!!
hope to have the patience though… coz tis so easy to go back to relaxers!!!
anyway love what you did…
thanks for sharing!!!

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