The very beginning
We all know how the natural hair trend started, I guess. Well, I caught up in it early enough to have a head start growing my hair. The truth is I initially didn't start with the intention of being natural. I had just finished high school and it was mandatory for us to have our hair worn as a low cut. After high school, I just wanted to get some inches and get myself a good perm.
So after a year of weave-ins, braids and the 'war of combs', I decided it was time. Time to make my baby ( you know I mean my hair, right?) all permed out. It didn't happen. What happened? The hairdresser said my hair was too delicate to be permed. I know! And the worst part was I had no clue what else I could do with my hair. It was long enough to get in an updo, but trust me, I looked terrible.
Fortunately, I had a friend who had just started her natural hair journey. We had a discussion one night and I discovered that growing my hair out in its natural state wasn't such a bad idea. I went online (Pinterest to be exact) and looked up natural hair. I'm quite sure you know what came next. Yup, obsession.
I literally knew everything there was to know about natural hair; blogs, vlogs, medical documents; I consumed them all.
My journey to the unknown
I wasn't confident I was going to pull it off, but I really had nothing to lose! What the worse that would happen? My hair would remain short forever or I'd probably just look like a homeless kid.
So, my journey to 36 inches hair growth began (Lol, I was so ambitious. I wasn't going to settle for less). It was fun because I had a variety of hairstyles to pick from and I enjoyed having a different look each day.
My hair grew. I didn't eventually get to 36 inches but by the fourth year of my journey, it was about 16 inches long. Hehe, I loved it, maybe a little more than normal.
The trouble began after graduation, my daily routines weren't as consistent because my schedules had changed. I soon got a job and that only made matters worse, I had no time for my hair. It just stopped growing (technically, it didn't, it just started break more). I wore braids for about a whole year, and then I decided to take proper care of it again. Before my big chop on 18th of October, 2018, my hair length was about 20 inches long.
New beginnings. The big chop
After several trims and self-care, I eventually got back on track, but it wasn't the same anymore. Hence, my decision to start all over (and this time grow 36 inches long healthy hair). I also never had tutorials, or a page to help people with natural hair ( I honestly thought that there was a lot of information online). More often than not, people would ask what I did to make my hair grow because they were stuck at a particular length for so long. I figured I could write a few posts to help them understand the do's, don'ts and myths of the natural hair (especially 4c). So, that's the story behind my big chop.
Curls in Bun
Stay tuned for more posts and let's journey to long healthy hair together.