Hair journey: Embracing my hair

Hello guys !!

My name is Miriam and I’ve decided to start documenting my hair journey. I will be sharing with you some tips and tricks I have learned along the way. My goal is to create a community where we help each other to better care for our hair. I want to inspire ladies ( and gentlemen, why not) to LOVE and EMBRACE their curls and kinks.

The last time I put a relaxer on my head was in 2012. The relaxer started to make my edges thin out so I decided to stopped relaxing my hair. I then proceed on this hair journey because of the negative effect the chemical had on my hair and scalp.

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I decided to transition into my natural hair instead of doing the big chop. Since then, I do not regret my choice. I have come to enjoy the versatility of my hair and to embrace the curls I did not even know I had.

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Even Though I was natural my entire life, (because I only relaxed my hair for a period of 4 years) I never really learned how to take care of it. As soon as I was unbraiding my hair, we would wash it out with shampoo, comb it (roughly) and braid it again every 2 to 3 weeks.

These past years have been a learning curve for me and my hair. I tried a lot of methods, bought a lot of products ( yes I was a product junkie at some point) but at the end, I can say that I know what my hair wants, like or prefer.

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I first started this journey with the intention of getting stronger and healthier hair. It then led me to discover the oppression that society has on Blacks girls.Slowly but surely, I freed myself from those beauty standards. I was young then and I was not appreciative of the complexities and texture that my hair had to offer. I just wanted my hair to be more manageable. It all comes down to personal choices but I believe we shouldn’t be ashamed of wearing our hair natural out. I am not banning weaves, wigs and hair straightening. I just want all Women with African descent to acknowledge the beauty in our God-given hair.

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When was the last time that you put a relaxer on your head ? Why did you decided to stop putting relaxing on your hair ?

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