Apparently I'm a touch narcissitic (more like self-conscious, on the other end of the spectrum), because I just realized I have 175 photos of myself in my Sprint Picture Mail account. Luckily, I've found that these photos document my transition from relaxed to natural hair. I've always had a complex when it came to my hair. Although I've always been told I had beautiful hair throughout the years, I've come to realize that my hair is so truly special now to me. I don't worry about the weather, sweating, HUMIDITY (not as much at least), going to the beach...who knew my hair could cause me this much stress?
I am in a new frame of mind and my hair makes me feel free. I know it was the perfect time to transition.
While transitioning I went through many phases. I receieved my last relaxer on August 1, 2008. I grew out my relaxer for 7 months and then had it pressed and cut off about 6 inches of hair in May 2009. The result was a cute chin length bob I wore straight for 2 days. From there I continued my transition.
My chin length bob right after I got it cut-cute, right? The day after...going to a dinner party...
Throughout this time period I did tons of beautiful roller sets (a style I leave for the winter months), wash and gos, braid outs, and a lot of textured updos.
Wash & Go (post 6-in trim):
On August 1, 2009, I did my version of the big chop and let go 2 more inches of hair (photo below).
I was liberated and able to do so many more styles with 100 % natural hair. I added twist-outs, curly fros, and fro-hawks to my hair arsenal and became unstoppable! Lol ok not really but I am quickly approaching my 2 year Nappiversary and at my last length check (in which I did my first blow-out in 6 months), I had hair that was healthy and 2-3 inches past my shoulders. I also did a bit of a trim (which I don't do often). I have tried tons of hairstyles and have found a new self-confidence I didn't know I had (tons of style photos below!).
Last but not least, one week after my light trim...wow, have these locs grown!
I've said it and will say it again: "I am...in love."