It’s been one year since I last relaxed my hair. It’s hard to believe that a year ago today my hair was super straight and I spent 45 minutes with a flat-iron every single day.
As I mentioned when I initially began this journey, my decision to stop relaxing my hair was twofold. First, I was tired of coveting other women’s natural hair. Second, I wanted to learn how to handle my natural hair so I could learn how to handle my daughter’s as it began to grow.
It was about 4 months into my transition when I was given the opportunity to participate in Original Moxie’s 180 Day Challenge. Up until that point, I was your average product junkie. Spending my money weekly on various products trying to find what worked. My go-to style was two-strand strand twist outs on rollers.
I was worried that I wouldn’t like the OM products even though I had committed to using them for six months. Fortunately, I loved the products. And I do mean loved. I’ve had people ask me offline what I *really* think about the products I write about, and I have happily shared that I really do love them. The Intense Quench and Lux Locks are my absolute must haves.
Seven months into my transition I took the plunge and did the Big Chop. I had grown tired of dealing with two textures and was happy to free myself from those overprocessed ends.
Since June, I’ve been getting to know my natural hair. It was so freeing to wear the wash’n’go style all summer long. I had no worries about humidity, rain, wind or swimming. I love my hair and wished I had chopped it off years ago!
I’d like to thank Rachel at Original Moxie for giving me the opportunity to participate in the 180 Challenge. Not only did she send me the most amazing hair care products, but she gave me tips and advice as well.
If any of you are considering transitioning to natural hair I encourage you to do so. Although it can be trying at times, the satisfaction I get from playing with my curls or being stopped by strangers to compliment my hair makes it all worth it.
Necessary Legalities: As a participant in the 180 Challenge, Original Moxie has provided me with hair care products in exchange for writing about my experience. All opinions expressed on this site are my own.