This week marks my two year Natural Hair anniversary. What does that mean exactly? Well, it was two years ago this week that I decided to go ahead with the Big Chop and finally let go of the last of my relaxed hair. Since then, I have tried many different styling techniques and hair products hoping to find what works best for my thick and curly hair texture. There have been some hits and surely lots of misses but it has been a learning experience all the same.
The reason for all of my trial error is because I wore my hair straightened by chemical relaxer since age 11. Before that, my mother styled my hair so the last two years have been my first experience with doing my hair in its' natural state. Not only that, my hair is beginning to grow past the shorter lengths I am used to which means I'm also learning how to maintain my length.
So proud of my TWA
Still, even after all of the research, hair forums, YouTube videos and my own personal hair trials, I am discovering that I still have a long way to go before I can claim that I have mastered my hair. My natural hair journey hasn't exactly been easy but it is still something I wish that I had done sooner. It just makes so much sense to do my hair without all of the extra manipulation that comes with heat styling and chemical processing. I don't run inside when it rains. I enjoy my fro and my big hair. When I get that itch to wear it straight, I can do that too. I love my natural hair and I can't wait to see where it ends up in the next two years.