To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really choose to go natural . . . it chose me! What I mean is that I didn’t just wake up one morning with the idea of going natural nor was I inspired by some girl’s ultra-chic fro. I went natural out of pure necessity.
I started having EXTREME breakage! It was just my relaxed hair that was breaking off though; all of my new growth remained intact. I ignored it at first because my hair tends to shed quite a bit on occasion but would grow back very quickly. That wasn’t the case this time. My relaxed ends just started breaking off entirely; it was as if my natural hair was rejecting it! It had gotten so bad and uneven that literally, there was no more relaxed hair at all on the sides of my head, only the new growth remained. My hair in the back seemed to not be affected, but that’s where it’s the strongest and longest, and also my hair in the front was left reasonably unharmed. That being said, if you look at the picture, you can see that it was dreadfully uneven and was not in the best shape at all!
If it wasn’t for the fact that it was absolutely necessary for me to do a big chop and go natural, I likely never would have. I was perfectly fine with getting my hair relaxed, but this time, I guess that I took too long between relaxers. My hair had a tendency of getting weak if I went too long without a perm, which is likely what lead to this extreme result.
With all that being said, I will likely NEVER get a relaxer in my hair again! If I did, I would have no choice but to continue with getting them; transitioning out just wouldn’t be an option for me.
Though I’m going to miss putting my hair up in a ponytail and wearing it in a bun for a while, I’m glad to have let my relaxed hair go. I don’t miss it at all! I LOVE how my hair curls up after washing and conditioning it, plus on days when I want to wear it straight, it’s really not hard at all for me to straighten it without chemicals. Though I went natural purely due to circumstances, now that I’m here, there’s no looking back!