By Taylor Duckett
May 15, 2012
Growing up, weaves, perms, and extensions were a normal part of my life. Although I had some say, my mom was in control of my hair. Now that I’m 18 and in college, I’m in total control of my appearance. About a month ago, I made the decision to go natural. It was met with mixed responses. Some people love my hair short and others…not so much. Despite their reactions, I chose to go ahead and begin my natural hair journey.
I started by doing what is known as “the big chop”. This is where I cut off the perm that was left in my hair. Luckily for me there wasn’t a lot of perm left, but there was still a significant amount of hair that needed to be cut. I wasn’t sure if I had made the right decision, but it was too late to turn back.
After chopping off my hair, I began experimenting with different products and treatments to make my hair to grow. When going natural, it’s very important to know your hair type. My hair is very tightly curled so I have to take extra time to twist it at night in order to train my hair to have a looser curl. I decided to use castor oil and olive cholesterol interchangeably and natural hair oil in order to seal the moisture in. Living in Florida, it’s important to seal in as much of the moisture as you can because it is always humid, especially in the summer. I have also found it helpful to condition my hair every night and to wash my hair every two weeks. Continually conditioning my hair helps to keep it soft and it makes it easier for me to manage in the morning. Just be mindful to use something to seal the moisture in so that you don’t strip your hair of its natural oils.
When you do a big chop, you sometimes get caught in that “awkward” stage. This is when there isn’t a lot that you can do with your hair, due to its length. I am in that stage, so I occasionally put on head wraps. They can give you a new fun look and protect your hair from constant sun exposure. There are also a lot of fun hair clips that you can buy and use to adorn your hair for a festive look.
When it’s fully extended, my hair is currently about 1 ½ inches long. My goal is to be at two inches by this time next month. For those of you out there who are going through a natural hair journey- Just remember to keep calm and love your natural hair!
Contributing Writer, B.L.O.G. Magazine
Taylor Duckett is a student at the University of Miami majoring in Political Science and Economics. She enjoys writing creatively in her spare time and writes for her college newspaper. Taylor is a woman who says yes to God everyday no matter what and God is truly the Lord of her life.