I went natural. I decided to stop using hair relaxers and dangerous chemicals to straighten my hair.

I usually prefer to be able to straighten my hair even when it’s short but now I decided never to use chemicals in my hair again and to embrace my natural hair. I want to grow my hair out to a cute little afro and just wash my natural hair every two or three weeks. I can’t wash my hair more often than once a week. I like shampooing my hair but I know shampoo has stuff in it too. I just love to be able to shampoo my hair and make it smell good. I use Carol’s Daughter hair products and Luster’s Pink lotion and other oils in my hair. I find I like to use Blue Magic hair grease in my hair that the African hair braiding salons use in clients hair when they braid their hair. I like how things are now that I’m able to say I am embracing the person I am. I may have went through a phase where I changed the color of my hair and even my eyes because I once even wore color contacts. I feel very secure and comfortable saying I’ll let my hair grow back and wear a cute little afro when my hair grows back. I even remember liking having the braiders use Kankelon to braid my hair. I found I really liked getting my hair braided. It’s too much right now but I love braids.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

2 thoughts on “I went natural. I decided to stop using hair relaxers and dangerous chemicals to straighten my hair.”

  1. Ayesha – I am so proud of you, young lady. Going natural is so much better for the health of your hair and overall health. My adult daughter helped me transition to donning my natural hair some years ago and I’ve never regretted it. It’s amazing how many beautiful styles you can wear natural and you don’t have to introduce chemicals in order to do it. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried Shea Butter as a conditioner, but that’s what my household uses (even the men). It does a great job of moisturizing the hair and scalp and holding styles. Enjoy your natural hair journey. You’ll love it!

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    1. Thank you for sharing that with me. I went natural officially this past June 2019. I may just wear an afro or I may do an afro and braids using hair extensions made from Kankelon. I look good with cornrows and big box braids.

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