On Going Natural

My family and I went on vacation in December 2011 to Myrtle Beach, SC.  I didn’t have time to perm my hair before I left so I decided to take all my supplies with me and just do it during our down time. On December 26, 2011, I put the perm in and it was the worst perm application ever! My head was on fire.

This is not the first time that a perm had had an adverse effect on me but it had to have been one of the worse ones. I had open soars and when I even touched my scalp it was sensitive to the touch. With the state of my scalp, it actually altered my participation with my family. They wanted to go swimming in the resorts’ pool. That typically is never an issue when we go on vacation but after a perm with open soars, that chlorine in the pool would have caused my hair to fall out. It would have just floated away in the water. I was so disappointed that I had to sit on the side and watch them swim. I was missing out on all the fun.

I had thought about going natural before and had even tried it once. My natural hair is really thick and tightly curled. But I didn’t have any other option. I was so mad and finally fed up that I decided to take the plunge.

I waited a couple of months to get some new growth and on February 8, 2012, I went to see my beautician and I got the “Big chop!” It was so hard to make that decision but I was currently wearing a short style so I hoped it would be ok. I walked out the salon with a close to bald head and a new attitude!

This photo was taken February 11, 2012. I couldn’t believe how short my hair was. It wasn’t even enough to comb.

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