October 2005 I did the Big Chop. Cut all the perm out. I cannot believe that was 5 years ago! 2005 was extremely eventful for me. I turned 21, I went through the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina, lived through Hurricane Rita, and started dating Crabby after years of friendship. AND went natural on hoes. Let’s go through a brief journey in time, shall we?
I went from this…..
This was me right after my 21st birthday in May 2005. The last months of the perm. My hair is actually shorter here than it normally was permed but you can get an idea of how it looked.
I cut my hair in October 2005 but didn’t start wearing my hair out until December 2005. This is the first picture of my hair in it’s short, natural glory. New Year’s, stroke of midnight, January 2006.
This is how my hair looks flat-ironed, for a friend’s wedding, April 2010. The last time I flat-ironed before April 2010 was May 2007 for my college graduation. I don’t forsee flat-ironing anytime soon. It’s tooooo much work and heat damage. Although I Willow Smith’d my hair HELLA HOARD during the brief weekend it was straight, I shan’t do it again. Anyhoo, straightened, my hair reaches my lower back. THAT’S A LOTTA GROWTH FOR THAT ASS!
I owe the ease of my natural routine to Teri, from Tightly Curly. I HATE having to use a bunch of products, and anything involving a lot of maintenance (another reason why I won’t flat-iron) and here comes Teri’s website with the easiest routine ever. Alls I do now is wash my hair once a week, detangle it in the shower during this washing with tons of conditioner, leave the conditioner in, and let my hair air dry. I put it in 1 or 2 braids at night, take the braid(s) down in the morning, smooth a little watery conditioner over it, fluff, and
jaggle on out the door go on about my day.
I talked to Teri often through G-mail while she was in the process of writing her book. I submitted my before and after photos of my hair after using her routine and she put them on her website! You should still be able to see me there if you visit. For more pics, visit my Fotki page.
In it, she takes readers through her hair journey. The before and after pictures alone are worth seeing if you ever have doubts about going natural. She carefully catalogues each part of her process, how she learned what worked and what didn’t, and shares the difficult parts about trying different things and failing, but still continuing on to the pursuit of natural healthy hair. She then takes readers through, step-by-detailed-step of her routine, and the effects each step has on your hair. There are plenty of photo illustrations throughout, which is extremely helpful. She covers product choices, comb and brush choices, hair accessories, and various hairstyles that are simple to do once the routine is complete. If you are thinking about going natural, if you HAVE gone natural but feel stuck, if you are natural and loved it when you had an afro, but now that it’s longer and heavier you have NO idea what to do, and ESPECIALLY if you have curly/kinky little ones, this book is a lifesaver. I highly recommend it and it’s an enjoyable read! Teri is very meticulous and covers all the bases and if by chance there is something the book doesn’t answer, it is probably answered on her website which is user-friendly, has a clean layout, and is organized awesomely.
In conclusion, let’s all get crunk and do the stanky-leg on boxes of relaxers.