So eventually after trying 8-10 different types of relaxers, a burnt hairline, and almost 14 years later, my hair refused to cooperate by straightening. So, I decided to go “natural” and I’ve never regretted it. After feeling years of inadequacy and never quite measuring up, I’ve finally accepted my hair in its natural state.
While people have different reasons for going natural—religious, cultural, trendy, etc.—my reason was simple. I wanted to start being me and loving everything about me.
In closing, just because I sport a natural crop and admire and respect anyone who does, I do not condemn those with “relaxed” hair. I feel to each his own. But, I do say, just because my hair is not as long and bone straight as others, doesn’t mean I or my hair is any less beautiful.