I’ve wanted to do this for a while, its supposed to be an Instagram challenge but I decided to get a few posts out of it too. I’ll do an Instagram post on my own Insta page @miss_sim_simma whilst also doing a quick back story on the picture i posted.
Today’s post is ‘Before the journey‘. Well, for me before I went on this natural hair journey, like a lot of us I was relaxed. Since I was about 2 or 3 my mother relaxed my hair (really bad I know!) and from then until I was 18 my hair was relaxed bone straight. It never grew past just under my shoulder’s, but to some people this was ‘long’ hair. I never questioned the whole relaxing process, even though every single time my head was burnt and my scalp was sore and tender. I had always thought people who were natural did so because their hair wasn’t growing or they had skin problems.
It wasn’t until I got to uni and I met a girl who was natural that I realised that relaxing was not the only thing I could do to my hair. and whilst browsing the internet for hair tutorials with a friend I found glamtwinz. Now I knew that their hair was definitely different to mine, but I knew that it wasn’t just hair texture that determined length, and their hair was so much longer than mine had ever been. I began to wonder about going natural, and continued to scour youtube for naturalistas and their techniques and i applied them to my relaxed hair, although it was too late. My hair had started falling off strand by strand, too damaged by the relaxing, daily heat and extreme manipulation that I had subjected it to.
(This is a picture which best describes me before my journey, my fringe was always straightened and the back of my hair was either up in a bun, or in a ponytail.)
It wasn’t until the day I found kimmaytube’s channel that I finally decided to go natural, in December 2011. I had initially planned to go through a year of transitioning and deciding whether to actually go natural and then big chopping after the year was up. So i weaved my hair up from December to late January and had it out from then until the study period for my exams in april. I lost a lot of my edges from the weave which was the main reason I left my hair out, I was terrified that they wouldn’t return. That led me to cut a sizeable portion of my front hair off, just because it was so damaged and uneven. One day after revision with a friend I decided I just couldn’t take it any more, I got him to chop off most of my relaxed hair leaving me with about two inches of new growth and a centimeter of relaxed hair. I couldn’t believe that I had actually done it! I was scared because it seemed like such a huge step, but all of my friends were supportive of my decision (most of them anyways) and from April 2012 till now, I have been natural!