I've Had Natural Hair For 8 Years, and Here Are the 8 Things I Learned in My Journey
I went natural in 2012. At the time, I had bone-straight, strawberry blonde hair that was superdamaged from excessive bleach and decades of relaxers. One night, while running my fingers through my hair in the mirror, I felt frustrated by the state it was in. So in the spur of the moment, I reached for scissors in a drawer by my bed and got to snipping. In a matter of minutes, I had given myself a big chop (what you call cutting off all of your relaxed hair), completely unplanned.
While I had entertained the idea of going natural after watching a couple of influencers' natural hair journeys on YouTube, I wasn't planning on embarking on my own for a while, much less a big chop. In a moment, I was faced with this new tiny afro (TWA for short) and no clue as to what to do with it. But I had to educate myself quickly on the dos and don'ts of natural hair if I ever wanted my 'fro to flourish — and educate myself I did.
To commemorate my eight-year natural hair anniversary, I'm sharing the eight lessons I've learned over the years, from the importance of moisturising to the pitfalls of over manipulation. No matter where you are on your natural hair journey, I hope these lessons can help you achieve your best hair yet and embrace it in all its glory.