I've really been toying with the idea of going natural again. It seems like I go through this every year and it does not help that everywhere I turn, I see all of these beautiful ladies rocking their natural tresses.
I first relaxed my hair when I was 17 years old and then I transitioned back to natural about 3 years ago. First I started out only relaxing my hair every 3 months then, every 6 months. I learned so much about how to take care of my hair during this time.
I was apprehensive at first because many people told me that my hair would start breaking off but, I learned that with the perfect balance of moisture and protein my hair would be fine. The amount of length and thickness I was able to retain when I stretched my relaxers was amazing! The longer I waited to relax, the more my hair seemed to grow. During this time, I would go to my hairstylist and he would blowdry and straighten my hair. My hair was so healthy!! But, it was very time-consuming to deal with it, especially on wash day.
I finally let my relaxer grow out for a year before cutting it into an inverted bob so that I could be finally free!! Free of my stringy, relaxed ends, free to wear my fierce twistouts, braidouts or just plain ol' big hair. However, after I cut my hair I ended up getting a relaxer again. I thought the cut would have made managing my hair much easier but, it was only more difficult. So, after ALL that....I relaxed again.(Crazy, huh?)
That cut was two years ago, and I miss my natural hair. It's grown a lot since then but, I'm quite bored with it at this point.
What's a girl to do? Do I keep the convenience of a relaxer or give my hair the healthiest option by going natural? I will probably continue to see how long I can stretch my relaxers until I get brave enough to transition to fully natural.
Are you natural or relaxed? Do you find that your hair is healthier when it's natural or relaxed?