Some of us go into the big chop life in the hopes that being a naturalista is much easier and lower-maintenance than the regular intervals of hair processing and manipulation. This is a particular selling point for those of us with busy lives and multiple roles to play. I sure thought it was when I went into it as a young woman starting my life as a medical school graduate and soon-to-be expatriate - and boy, was I so wrong!
It happens sometimes... you make the decision to let your hair do whatever it wants but every so often, you try to tame it, control it. No one is immune to those lapses where you find some ways to keep your head in some form of holding pattern - and I'm definitely no exception.
I don't care for regaling people with stories about how my hair used to be this long besides mentioning it in passing. After all, I love the bald fade I currently (and quite proudly!) don. But I admit that for a long time, I had a love affair with the ponytail.
It had been five years and some change since the "Big Chop", and the ups and downs still continued... I've learned a lot about what products work with my hair and what doesn't, I've learned about essential oils and what ingredients to avoid and my hair has become very happy without the parabens and sulphates that it lived on in my teen years...
Hmmm... now where was I... oh yes, I had broken up with the relaxer tin and had grown my hair long all over again by the time I was 13! But the battle wasn't over...
I read a lot of websites and blogs on natural hair, most of which come with a tale of the author's or webmaster's journey - most of which starts after a bout of enslavement to the regular relaxer/texturiser regime. Which many can relate to - as can I.