By Aisha Nwadu
Growing up I always had the perception that natural hair was difficult to maintain and did not grow. I was naïve enough to believe relaxer “grew” hair. During my final year in University I noticed a lot of students who had natural hair rocking their afros and high puffs and I wanted my hair to be like that. I wanted it to be thick and lush. I thank social media for my awakening because after joining natural hair groups on Facebook, I realized natural hair does grow and it can be easily maintained once understood. I also realized the natural hair community was way bigger than I thought.
My last relaxer was in September 2016 and initially the goal was to transition but I could not get the hang of it. My relaxed ends tangled a lot and my hair felt dry most of the time. I didn’t have any hair products because I rarely ever treated or styled my relaxed hair at home. I relied on lots of DIYs with my oils which always turned out to be a fail.
On the 9th of January 2017 I decided to big chop. I felt I needed to start over. I started researching more on natural hair, reading more, trying to understand how best I could tame my natural coils. I also discovered natural hair blogs and Pinterest. Growing my natural hair has been a bitter-sweet journey with a fair share of ups and downs. I have learnt to love my hair and DIY is now in my blood. I can now style my own hair and I am no longer afraid to try new things. The beauty of natural hair is in its versatility, you can rock it coily, curly or straight. It is magical and I also want that magic to rub off on generations to come.