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.