Growth Update!
Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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Your name/username
Janine Cofield/Handmade design

Where are you from?
Tallahassee, Fl

How long have you been Natural?
I have been Natural for about 7 years.

Tell us your hair story. Why did you decide to go Natural?
I actually had been natural most of my child hood. I got a perm in the 3rd grade and it took my hair out and then I got another perm in the 7th grade because I got picked on because I had natural hair.

When I 16 years I really wanted to go natural again but was really scared of what people might think. So in 2002 when I was a sophomore in college, I decide to stop perming my hair, I really didn't like the way I looked with it, but I kept weave in it like all the time and when I didn't have weave I had a wig. It's really funny because I had been with my boyfriend for about 2 weeks when I decided to cut my perm out. It just wasn't leaving fast enough. I woke up one morning and went to the bathroom and just start cutting it out. It looked a hot mess! So I went to the hair dresser and she said that a texturizer would look great on me cause of this new afro I just created on my head. It was the worse thing ever. My afro was lopsided because she cut my hair with scissors and not clippers and hair was too juicy and it was never even. Very Gross! I had this for about three weeks.

But because I have never really cared for natural hair I didn't know what to do with it. My boyfriend did my hair for about a week and brought me a pick and showed me how to use it. Well then he finally told me to go to a barber to fix it. When I did it was the best thing ever. He chopped it all off. I had a fade. I was beautiful! Now it started to grow again I still didn't know what to do with it if it wasn't short, so I locked it up and colored it. I had dreads for about 4 years and love them so much. Who knew with my hair being natural it would grow so long, and I use to twist them up myself, my cousin taught me how to do it. I just recently decide to cut them off. So now I am back to my afro and now I know how to take care of my hair a little better. I will never go back I love the way I look way too much.

What do you like most about being Natural?
I really love the way I look and how I don't have to worry about curling it everyday just to look nice. My hair is health and it grows better. When I had a perm I could barely get it to grow. I feel like me.

What technique has helped you the most?
Well since I have had my afro I have to wash it at least once a week and condition it right after. No heat!

Your advice to the readers:
I am still figuring out how to care for my hair properly. Going Natural is a process, weather it's the big chop or slowing cutting out the perm an, it is not only about hair. It's about being comfortable with the way you look with the natural hair God gave you. You beautiful. You just have to see it.

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Anonymous says
August 14, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Her locks were so pretty!

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