My story is similar to that of most brown girls. At an early age I was introduced to ‘Creamy crack” (relaxer) to tame my mane. Growing up, people didn’t really do much to their natural curls, they didn’t really know how to take care of them. I was tired of the pain I experienced each time my hair was being combed out, and of course felt ugly compared to the other girls my age with straight hair. So at the tender age of 13 if I remember correctly, I had my first relaxer and never went back.
I remember that day as if it was yesterday. The excitement I felt was beyond anything you can think of. I was scheduled to have the relaxer applied after getting off school. Boy, was I impatient that day. It was the longest school day ever. And then the time came…
I remember the hairdresser coming to my house (She was my mother’s friend). It was the longest process ever to me, but I was happy with the results. For the first time in a long time, I felt pretty!
Fast Forward 17 years later, I am growing tired of that relaxed hair of mine. It looks dull, it’s damaged, and super unhealthy. What am I to do??? Questions, questions, questions….
Confusion all over… Should I relax my hair less often, or should I go natural??? Each time I think I’ve figured it out, then the doubts resurface. Beautiful pictures of natural girls got me feeling like going natural is the route to go. Then I think about how coarse my mane really is. Will I be able to maintain on a regular basis? Will I be able to style my hair as I please? Maybe stretching my relaxers is the way to go. But how long should I stretch for? What products should I use???
I think by now you might be as confused as me. Sorry about that (Lol). At least you might actually feel my pain.
Well, be sure to check back for the next posts.