LaToya’s Natural Hair Journey

In November of 2013 I received my last relaxer. I did not realize it would be my last until a feeling of guilt came over me as my hair dresser applied the chemical to the very intriguing waves that had started springing out of my scalp. I felt bad for my natural roots. I felt like I was denying them or like I wasn’t giving them a chance.

As I sat in that chair I decided that it would be my last relaxer. I was going to give the “natural” thing I try. Mind you, before I made this decision, I was that girl that declared I would never go natural and would continue to use relaxers until they stopped manufacturing them.

My relaxed hair: Dec. 2013
My relaxed hair: Dec. 2013

I had a negative opinion of my natural hair because I didn’t like my hair when I was younger. I didn’t understand why it didn’t lay flat like the other girls in school. I guess I felt too different. I viewed my hair as ugly and not beautiful. When I was in 7th grade my mom allowed me to get a relaxer. I continued to relax my hair up until my sophomore year of college, November of 2013.

I decided that I would transition instead of doing the BIG CHOP. I wasn’t comfortable with having super short hair. My plan was to transition for two years but just after the one year mark, it became too difficult for me. I was wearing weaves or braids throughout the majority of my transition, but I became tired of that. I wanted to have my own hair out. I wanted to feel my own scalp.

So around the year and four months mark I tried to wear my hair out, but it just did not look right. My roots were super thick and my ends were pretty much see-through. It was not a cute look. So I decided when the semester came to an end, I would do my big chop, or transitioning chop, and I would finally be completely natural.

Leading up to the day, I was really excited but super nervous. I did not know how I was going to look with shorter hair. I had no idea what my hair texture would be, but I was determined to learn to love it.

In May of 2015, I invited some friends over and we had a Transitioning Chop Party! I ordered pizza and we played music. I think this was the best way for me to shake my nerves and to celebrate this turning point in my life.

Before big chop vs. after big chop
Before big chop vs. after big chop

And it turns out, I loved my hair! I was so surprised to see curls on my head. I had no idea that my hair was curly. It’s weird to think you’re 21 years old, and you are just discovering what your hair looks like.

That’s why I think this natural hair movement is so important. Although everyone has the right to wear their hair in a way that makes them feel beautiful and confident, I think it is important that we all learn to love and embrace the hair we were born with. There is only one you and we are all unique in our own way. So embrace every part of you.

It has been 5 months since my big chop and I can still say that I love my hair. My hair is not like anyone else. My curls are just for me and I love them!

Photo by Siu's View.
Photo by Siu’s View.

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What Can I Eat To Get Healthy Hair?

Everyone wants strong and healthy hair. Washing, conditioning, and moisturizing your hair is one way to keep your locks luscious, but there’s more you can do! A lot of your healthy hair journey comes from what you eat as well.

Remember that good food = healthy hair. Add these 5 foods to your diet and see how healthy your hair can be.

1) Sweet Potatoessweet potatoes
Sweet Potatoes are filled with Beta Carotene antioxidants which helps prevent dry and dull hair. Beta Carotene from food is converted to vitamin A, which promotes cell growth, including hair cells.
Other Beta Carotene enriched foods: carrots, cantaloupes, pumpkins, dark green lettuce

 2) Oysters
I know some of you may be against eating oysters because they seem gross,     but they aren’t half bad! Oysters are rich in Zinc, which helps tissue growth     and repair and that includes hair growth. Not eating enough Zinc filled       foods     can result in extreme hair loss.
Other Zinc enriched foods: beef, cheese, fat free yogurt, crabs

3) Lean Poultryl poultry
Lean poultry is packed with protein. If you don’t have enough protein, hair growth can stall. Lack of protein can also result in weak and brittle hair. Adding more protein to your diet can strengthen the hair and promote healthy hair growth.
Other lean poultry: chicken, turkey

eggs4) Eggs
Not only are eggs high in protein, but they also contain large amounts of a B vitamin called Biotin, which is one of the most essential nutrients for a healthy scalp and hair growth. Some people actually put raw eggs directly on their hair to help condition it.
Other Biotin enriched foods: almonds, avocados, wheat bran
5) Salmon

Salmon is very high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are really good for your hair. Eating salmon can help open your hair follicles, promoting growth. Omega 3 can help prevent your from getting diseases and keeps your hair shiny and full.
Other Omega 3 Fatty Acid enriched foods: sardines, pasta, walnuts, peanut butter 

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