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My Natural Hair Journey - The Beginning

Shawna Miller

I'm writing this post because I've been getting a lot of questions about my hair. What products I use? How do I get it to curl? Am I happy I went natural? All very good questions but let me start from the beginning. 

I got my first perm at the age of 8. I have very thick hair and my Mom did what many other Moms dealing with a head full of thick natural hair did and actually still do. She permed it to make it more manageable. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I loved my permed hair. I think I wore it well. But a couple of years ago I started on my fitness journey. I went from not working out to intensely working out 6-7 days a week. And let me tell you, when you're always in the gym and you have a tendency to sweat in your hair, it doesn't really mix well with permed hair. 

Me With My Permed Hair

Me With My Permed Hair

I was in the gym 6-7 days a week and sweating my hair out. My hair started to become very brittle. It even started to break in the center. I started to get worried and I really wasn't sure what I should do. I didn't want to stop working out . That wasn't even an option, but I had no idea how I was going to get my hair back to a healthy state.

Sporting A Twist Out

Sporting A Twist Out

Around this time my best friend did the big chop. I couldn't believe it. She just cut all her hair off. She suggested I do the same. At first I really couldn't see myself just chopping all of my hair off. I've gone short before but never mini-afro short. I just couldn't see myself doing that. 

The Day I Cut It

The Day I Cut It

So I decided to go the transitioning route. This basically meant I would stop perming my hair. Trust me, it was very difficult. After about 4 months managing the two textures became extremely difficult. I wore twist-outs and buns most of the time. I did this for almost a year. After about 11 months of not perming my hair I just couldn't deal with the two different textures anymore. One Friday night I just cut it. Yes, I just went into the bathroom and cut all the permed ends off leaving myself with just 4 inches of new growth (all natural hair).

Probably About 4 months After I Cut It

Probably About 4 months After I Cut It

I think the hardest part after doing that big chop was going back to work on that Monday. I was very self-conscious about how professional others would consider me. What were my co-workers going to say? I always pride myself on being very well put together. How was I going to do that with an afro? It was the words of my Baby Girl and the ear of my BFF that stuck with me through the first couple of weeks. They were a pivotal part of my acceptance of my natural hair. They reminded me that this is how God made me and I just needed to embrace that. Once I was able to accept that, it made focusing on finding the right products a lot easier. It also didn't hurt that I got so many compliments from family and friends. The acceptance was warming and overall I couldn't be happier with my decision to return to my natural hair.

Couple of Months Ago

Couple of Months Ago

This is where it all started and I never looked back after that. Stay tuned for my favorite hair products.