Throughout November, we will have different natural hair bloggers joining our platform. They will be sharing their personal hair journeys or natural hair tips or both! Be inspired, be encouraged and gain some knowledge. Join our bloggers and let’s share all things natural hair! First up is Tracey and here she talks about her natural hair journey. Don’t forget to say congratulations for her 2nd hairversary!
November is my official hairversary. It will mark two years since I decided to sack off transitioning and embrace my natural hair.
I started transitioning in February 2014. I didn’t plan on it nor did I even realise there was a whole movement surrounding it. It was literally sparked from a conversation I had with my hairdresser, during a routine relaxer retouch. She told me about a new way of straightening hair which was not as abrasive as a relaxer. She recommended it to me as I have such a sensitive scalp and fine fragile hair. My hair would rarely get past collar bone length before I needed to chop it due to severe shedding and breakage.
I decided to go for it, even though I was apprehensive. I am so lazy with my hair and hated the idea of having to go through the rigmarole of flat ironing it carefully after washing it. But nevertheless, I went for it. Who knew it would rekindle my love for my curls.
After 9 months of transitioning, I decided enough was enough and just went for it. I went to my hairdresser for a routine Keratin treatment and told her to cut it all off. To say I was shocked by the result was a complete understatement! I remember going out the night after, putting on a pair of lashes to feel more feminine and realising I resembled a drag queen before the lace front.
I pretty much stuck to wash and gos for a month, but I just couldn’t cope with my head feeling constantly cold, and I just had no idea what to do with my hair. I was so out of my element, I decided to get box braids. Waist length box braids. Talk about extremes. I could not get used to the sheer weight, so they lasted a grand total of a month. I was shocked at the growth.
At this point, I thought it would be time for me to do some actual research and look up other protective styles. Next up cornrow tree braids! I loved these. They were so much lighter, and took me back to my comfort zone of straight sleek hair. I kept these in for a good 4/5 months (of course I had them redone).
Then I felt ready to unleash the fro. It was at a length I was able to work with. I sported an afro puff, which I was even able to scrape and gel it into a pony tail (although it was pitiful so I used a fake puff). I truly fell in love with my natural curls. I studied them, trying to find out what my curl pattern was. I’m still trying to figure that out lol.
Then came my first anniversary. I wanted to do something completely different. I decided to start 12 months of protective styling. First I adorned crochet braids. Curly and wavy styles. I loved this style. I just found it so annoying to take care off. I had to have a whole night time routine, to ensure the curls popped. I decided to sack off the crochet braids and enter the world of the lace front wig.
I never thought they would suit me but, I was mistaken. With the right blending, it looked just like I grew it. They were so easy to maintain, and I was still able to choose to have my own locks if I needed them. I had these for most of the year. That was until September, when I noticed the whole of my hairline was suffering.
My edges are the most fragile part of my hair. I have always been prone to breakage and even as a child my hairline, especially the hair at my temples, would never grow longer than an inch. With the wigs, I was starting to see thinning. It shook me big time!
September saw me say goodbye to the wigs. I will still use them for when I don’t have time to do my hair and I am going to an event, but I have decided in the run up to my 2nd year anniversary, I am going to go back to loving my curls.
I have so many different curls pattern in my hair, some even just a slight wave. If I was to compare to a fashion brand, it would most definitely be United Colours of Beneton.
It took a chance conversation with my hairdresser and an impulsive decision to make me get to know my hair and the way it grows out of my head. I will never go back.
So here is to 2 years of curls and texture. I can’t wait to see what year 3 has in store for my not so TWA!