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Lexi's Natural Hair Story

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Lexi's Natural hair & Story

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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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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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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Karen Lynne

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karen's natural hairstyle

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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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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juareaka's natural hair story

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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Kiyomi Tatianna

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kiyomi's black natural hair story

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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Adriana Brent

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Adriana's Natural hairstyle and story


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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Danielle's Natural hairstyle and story

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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Tasiya's Black Natural Hair story

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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Farah Albritton's Natural hairstyle and story

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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