THE CROWN I WEAR
My Natural Hair Journey.
So I did it. I decided to do the BC in November 09. For those of you who don’t live in natural hair land, that means I did the big chop or cut off the rest of my relaxed hair. My texture was so beautiful to me when I first got my stylist to cut it but when I got home I could’ve cried. My hair had dried and was puffy and short and just sitting there. I was the fly cut having, different color trying, not afraid to rock the weave type of chick. I lived in the salon, even worked in a few as an assistant so my look was so important to me. Now I don’t consider myself vain, but I am the one who tries to look like something, at least something decent. At that point I knew I had to educate myself, better than I had during my transition phase, and learn what to use and what I can do to my hair. Fast forward to now, I am almost at a year of being natural and I must say I love it. YouTube became my study guide, natural sites and pages on facebook served as my inspiration. I learned what to use and even how to style my hair, (I never did my own hair when it was relaxed). I gained a different type of confidence in myself, one that was centered around my hair, mainly because I made a complete change and still could hold my head just as high. I owe my decision to transition to my stylist Shone Swain of Lithonia who told me for years I had beautiful hair and others would tell me that is was thick and healthy but I accounted that to the fact that it was relaxed. My stylist told me with my texture I should go natural, I told her she should swiftly apply that relaxer sitting behind her. After awhile I thought why not see what natural does for me, after all I had worn almost every style and I loved change. So I put down the “creamy crack” and with her help my hair transitioned with no shedding and with a lot of ease. Now that I am officially natural I get a lot of compliments, yes even from men, I am stopped in Publix and asked how I achieve looks, and people reach out to me on a regular for natural hair advice. It is all humbling to me because it shows that the world isn’t as superficial as some make it out to be and now that I have embraced my natural kinks and curls people find beauty in it. I love twist outs, I try to add variety to my puffs, and I am always looking for a funky style to try. I am looking forward to my hair growing out so I can be a part of the big curly hair don’t care committee. Most importantly, I can now proudly say that this crown I wear is all my own and fits perfectly.
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Lexi- Thank you so much Tawni for sharing your natural hair story. It is so great you had a stylist help you out on the way. You have several stylist who try to convince clients to stay relaxed so it’s refreshing stylists are encouraging their clients to go natural.
I too think it is awesome that people aren’t as superficial as we think. Alot more people than we think LOVE natural hair and they are very inquisitive. I love it!
Thanks Tawni for sharing your story!