Lexi's Natural Hair Story

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I started transitioning for the 2nd time in 2002 (the first time I failed). I went natural because I wanted to have versatility to be able to wear my hair curly or straight. I noticed when I didn't get a relaxer for awhile, I started loving my new growth and thought it might be cool to see what my hair looks like grown out. I did my Big Chop in 2003. It's like the best of both worlds.

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Sadora Joanis Hair Story

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My hair drew all kinds of attention, positive and negative. But for the first time I felt free, full of confidence, and was no longer susceptible to what society’s classification of beauty was. I finally had an identity.

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Kimberly Barnes hair story

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When, why how did you go natural?

I started my natural in June 2011. The change had a lot to do with discovering who I really was on the inside. Uncovering the woman that I had subsided for so long. I grew out my roots from June - September, wore braids, went to get regular trims. Then one day I was schedued for a trim but I told my stylist, JUST CHOP IT ALL OFF! I NEVER looked back.

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Jonelle's Natural Hair Story

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"The best part about going natural is the excitement and anticipation of your new profound growth, styles that could be done, and the fact that it’s YOUR natural hair."

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Ashanti's Natural Hair Story

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When, why how did you go natural?

Well, after truly learning about the oppression that black women face and the pressure and hegemony to make us think that our natural hair isn't beautiful and that we need to assimilate into something that we are not, made me want to break free from that "idea of beauty" and rock what God gave me.

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Nia-Dera's Natural Hair Story

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I went natural for the 2nd time December 2010, I big chopped because it was a change of life for me.


What was the hardest part of your journey?
I must say I have no complaints I'm enjoying my hair

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Tamara's Natural Hair Story

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Tamara, Makeup Artist and Hair Blogger has been natural her entire life.


Describe your worse hairdo and your best hairdo and please include a picture if you can.

I flat ironed my hair for almost a decade. I had so much heat damage and breakage.         

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Tiara's Natural Hair Story

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Tiara is a Receptionist who lives in Brooklyn. We met at an African Braiding salon where she got a beautiful hairstyle done. When she told me the reasons she went natural, I asked her to send in her story.

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Rasheta Cannon

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My main purpose for going natural was originally to regain the healthy hair that I once had before I got a relaxer. 

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Karen Lynne

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The hardest part, for me, about going natural was acceptance from loved ones-especially my hubby. I did my first BC in 2009, and truth be told, the look of shock and disappointment on my DH face and his comments really hurt me. Even though I liked it and received compliments from others, I felt unattractive after that and resorted to wearing twists/braids to encourage growth.

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Tiffany's Hair Story

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I went natural in 2004. I had been getting perms and noticed my hair was thinning and not growing due to damage from the chemicals.

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Latoya's Hair Story

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When I was transitioning, there were not a gang of products for "transitioners" like there are today, nor were there a lot of videos on transitioning 5 years ago (they were well on their way though). So the mark of demarcation, where the natural hair meets the relaxed hair was a nightmare! I decided to do the big chop, which left my hairstyles looking a bit awkward for a while, since I was in the learning stage. 

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Juareaka's Natural Hair story

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I decided to go natural when I was in 12th grade. I had always wanted to go natural every since I could remember. I would watch videos on YouTube of all the woman who have gone natural, and I felt as if that would be a a smart decision for me to make. I also have had bald side every since I was 12 and me going natural helped them just a small bit. I got my last per April 2011 just before prom and graduation.

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Jessica's Natural Hair Story

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I actually went natural in 2009 I got tired of always wearing weaves. I had a doobbie for a while then went back to weaves but nooo glue. lol.. I wanted to continue to take care of my own hair. I wore braids and sewing's. 

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Kiyomi Tatianna

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I decided to go natural in May of 2011. I had a short cut (pixie cut) and as I was growing my hair back, my mom took me to get a weave because she stated my hair didn't "look good" short and she didn't want me to meet her clients looking that way. When I took my weave out instead of relaxing my hair I started cutting my ends off. It was a sudden change. Then I wanted some color so I decided to be a model for a color class and the instructor didn't have experience coloring afro textured hair, as a result I had over processed bleached hair and I just couldn't do anything with my hair anymore. It was limp and no longer holding color. Without thought I just cut it all off. Mostly out of anger.

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India McGee

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I went natural in 2002 after having a relaxer for 3 years. I had only gotten a relaxer because my military family was stationed in Mobile Alabama and i could never achieve the Aaliyah hair do in the humidity. Once we moved to Sacramento a few years later the relaxer dried out my hair so much it began to fall out in clumps. My aunt who was is a stylist suggested i cut an inch every month. But me being the impatient teenager hated the half fro half relaxed texture and i shaved it off, jada-pinkett-in-set-it-off style.

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Keshia Marie

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I went natural 5 years ago because I was tired of putting a texturizer in my hair to make it softer and more managable. 

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Adriana Brent

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I started going natural 9 months ago. I did it to prove to myself that becoming natural would instill a newfound confidence that i didnt have back then... and well it did. Ever since I've gone natural I have felt beautiful and confident. I feel like I shouldnt care what others think of me, as long as I love the way I look, then everything is alright.
 

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Danielle

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I went natural in OCt of 2011 due to a sew in that was too tight. Pulled the hair right out of my head! Its not my first time though. I've BC'd twice in my life. Oct made #3.

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Tasiya

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Name: Tasiya
Profession / Location: Designer / Activist,Brooklyn

What was the worst part of your journey?
The hardest pt of my journey was being honest to my self about what my natural texture was and not feeling the need to go above and beyond to have the "ultimate curly hair" every time I leave the house.

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Farah Albritton

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The hardest part of my journey is figuring out what works best for my hair, which can change depending on if I am in New York or Vermont and even goes deeper into depending on how to adjust my hair products to the specific season. Finding the perfect product is still a challenge as well as dealing with troublesome fairy knots.

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