Friday, July 5, 2013

Lanisha's Journey to Gorgoeus and Healthy Curls

Nappturally Chic Jere: Tell me about your hair before going natural. How did you feel when you first relaxed your hair. Were you frustrated with your relaxed hair?

Lanisha: Some of my earliest memories before returning natural was big juicy twist and hair that swelled after playing outside. My mom would heat up the hot comb on the stove to straighten my hair, filling the house with a burning fragrance.  
 As I got a little older I wanted to be like other young girls and wear my hair straight. I begged for my first relaxer.  It was something everybody else was doing at the time and I wanted to fit in.  I scratched the night before and boy did it burn but my hair was long, thick, and pretty. I knew I was cute! Lol. Overtime it seemed the relaxer that I always called a perm would not last. I would have to get them more frequently which became expensive. I learned to put box relaxers in myself; I went through a period of breakage and damaged edges. 

NCJ: When and why did you decide to transition back to natural hair?

Lanisha: Initially wanting to go back to natural was something I was doing because I thought it was the "new thing". I lasted four months and relaxed my hair again. I then did a little research, well a lot of research and slowly started to transition. I had to understand why I was doing it. I wanted healthy hair without using a lot of chemicals.
NCJ: Did you slowly transition or did you do a Big Chop?

Lanisha: I transitioned for nine months and then did a big chop. I picked up the name curly sue throughout my transition period because I killed rod sets. I also did a lot of blowouts. It was difficult dealing with two textures. I woke up one morning and decided to call my beautician. I did not tell anyone because I did not want anyone to change my mind.

NCJ: What was your biggest fear about going natural? How did you overcome it?

Lanisha: My biggest fear was that I would regret the decision of cutting my hair. I was not used to having short hair. I was worried what my family, friends, and coworkers would think.  It's funny after my hair was cut I felt empowered. It was as if I had automatic confidence. I went and bought lots of products and accessories so I could play in my hair. I had friends who were also natural so I leaned on them for support and suggestions.
NCJ: How long have you been natural? What are your favorite styles and favorite products since embarking on this journey.

Lanisha: If counting from my big chop I have been natural for almost 2.5 yrs. I love rocking a twistout, twist updos, the puff, or a high bun. Some of my fav products to achieve these looks are as I am cowash, beautiful textures product line, cantu Shea butter, and Eco styling gel.
NCJ: What advice would you give to other new naturals or those thinking of going natural.
Lanisha: Time and patience are key to natural hair. After doing your research, spend time getting to know your hair and be patient in the process. It's just hair and it will grow back.

NCJ: What is the Biggest lesson you learned about yourself and your hair through your journey.

Lanisha: Transitioning from a relaxed state of mind to a natural state of mind made me stronger. It was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. It has pushed me to not only want healthy hair but a healthy body. On this natural journey I've learned that confidence can sell just about any hairstyle. Be an advocate for yourself!

NCJ: What a beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing your story, your advice, and the lessons you have learned about your natural hair with us. You are a beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit that shines through everything you do. God's blessings in all you do, Lanisha! :)

 Lanisha: "It Grows Back!"

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