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Teenagers Going Naturals

Any teenagers going natural and having a hard time dealing with teasing from other kids or had positive responses from other kids?

I tried to go natural when I was in middle school. I wanted to go natural SOOOO bad, but everything was not in my favor. My mother kept begging me to get a relaxer and the kids made it even worse. “Why are you growing out your perm?” “I don’t understand” “When are you going to get a relaxer?”  I can only imagine what the kids said behind my back. At the time I didn’t think of it as “going natural”…this was 1996-97.  I was 12 years old and had no clue what I was doing. I didn’t even think to go on the internet and research. I had an obsession with curly hair. I would go to all of the Beauty Supply Stores and get anything that said Curly Activator, “Curl” anything…I picked it up. I even used to beg my mom to get Wave Noveau. The only thing I understood was that, when I needed a relaxer, my roots would get curly so I came up with the idea that “Hmmm, maybe if I stop getting relaxers, all of my hair can be curly”…Well, I had the right concept but I guess it was the wrong time and wrong decade. If that happened today, I felt like it would be easier for me to go natural…but I don’t know. Anyone in High school/middle school or have daughters that age that are trying to go natural? Is it easier now in 2010 or is it just as hard as it was when I was in middle school?

(I have to find my middle school yearbook so I can show you all a pic of me trying to grow out  my hair lol)