If you've been an LYT blog reader for more than a month you'll remember that I attended my very first Haircare Event in March. I felt like a kid in a candy store seeing so many yummy heads of hair and meeting my all time fave UK Hair bloggers, Nyla being one of them! I love a blog that goes beyond hair facts and actually gives real life snippets into the journey towards healthier hair; Nyla's blog does exactly that, and she even does Makeup too! Do I hear double whammy?! She went from relaxed to natural with a daring BC so her story definitely is an exciting read...
I was a short term transitioner to be totally honest I did not know what transitioning meant at that time. My hair stopped responding to relaxers, it would not relax and I was experiencing serious breakage, so I stopped relaxing my hair. I kept my hair in weaves so that I did not have to deal with it or relax it. My natural hair grew pretty fast, so I kept doing that for about 5 months.
I did my first big chop in May 2011. When I finally did my first big chop I realised my mistake. I was texturizing the front of my hair to keep it sleek thinking that my natural curls would revert back, oh was I wrong! So a week after my initial big chop, I chopped it again. It was the perfect style and the perfect time to have short hair, it was during the summer. I have to say I felt so liberated after doing my second big chop. I received a lot of compliments from my friends and family, they loved the short look!
However as soon as my hair started going out and most people realised that I wasn’t going to relax my hair again that’s when I started receiving negative comments; mostly from family members. That did not discourage me; I knew what I went through with relaxers, I wasn’t going back. A lot of people also thought I was going through a phase and once I got tired of natural hair that I would relax my hair again. Some people I knew would laugh at the way my hair looked. That did not discourage me, in fact I told myself that I would want to be an inspiration to people who also wanted to go natural.
I have been on my natural hair journey for 12 months now and the 17th May 2012 marked my 1 year anniversary! I am so proud of myself, not just because I have been natural for a year but also because I have inspired a lot of ladies out there especially in my family. It makes me feel good inside knowing that what I am doing is helping people!
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Fiona & Nyla ❥