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I like many black women have done it all to my hair Ive had perms weaves and braids dye jobs texturizers home jobs press and curls finger waves and last but not least au naturale Part of me is ashamed to admit it but I used to like the way my hair felt soft and it didnt hurt to comb when it was relaxed It was shiny and it swung and was still thick However it was relaxed and I to a certain extent felt like a sellout a trader to the cause a liar Maybe that last part borders on melodramatic but thats how I felt When my aunt used to put my relaxer in I wanted to yell for her to STOP I had made a mistake she should just wash and curl it and I would work with it from there As I sat waiting for the relaxer to take all I could think about was how long it would take before I had enough new growth so that I could go natural I used to worry about what people would think of me if I decided to go natural but now I attend the Mecca the epitome of black hair pride where it seems that if you arent natural to a certain extent you are condemned Ive now accepted the fact that black hair is unique and that being highly textured black hair is naturally more coarse dense and brittle than other hair typeI have since stopped worrying about what everyone thinks and Im happy to be nappy However having my hair natural does not mean that it has to stay in an afro With natural hair there are three main types of styles that can be done with it one can press it out one can braidtwist it with either synthetic hair or naturally or one can go for the gusto and put dreadlocks in it Each of these variations
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