I’m Samantha Saunders, CEO of Natural Power of Her. I am a wife, mother, sister, counselor by day, blogger by night.
I wanted to share my hair story hopefully to inspire others.
Relaxed, Big Chop, Color, Locs, Loose Natural: I’ve had every style that you can think of!
I relaxed my hair when I was 15 and I literally begged my mom to put a relaxer in my hair. When I first had my relaxer done, you couldn’t tell me nothing I thought I was too cute. Not!
Around two years later, my hair started breaking in the front. The relaxer would start burning my scalp which was really painfully. It was to the point where I couldn’t take the feeling longer than 5 minutes. Relaxing was the thing back then so I tried to keep it going to fit in.
Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore: the long days in the hair salon, the burning feeling and the damaged scalp when I was done. Fear tried to hold me back or worrying what my parents’ thoughts, my boyfriend at the time thought, but it got to the point where I wasn’t happy when looking back at me.
When I turned 19, I was in college and I came back home from spring break. I tried to do a transition period, but those two different textures weren’t working for me.
I one day looked in the mirror and told myself, “I couldn’t do it anymore”. I don’t know if this has happened to you but I just didn’t feel like myself when I had a relaxer.
So, I cut all my hair off in 2007. My mom thought I went crazy. I literally went in the mirror and cut it off by myself with a pair of kitchen scissors.
Now ladies, you know that my hair was looking a hot mess! I couldn’t believe I did it once I cut the first piece. I couldn’t stop, so I kept cutting and cutting until I only had an inch of hair left on my head.
I rocked my TWA for a while went through my awkward stage in between short and medium hair length (where you can’t make a ponytail just yet).
The Mohawks, twists and wash n go’s were my best friends back then. About 3 years later, I didn’t know what to do with my hair but I sure rocked some twists every week. I didn’t do much to my hair back then so I went to the salon and decided to merge my two strand twists into locs.
I wanted locs for a new get up and go style.
Now ladies, you know what I’m talking about where you don’t have to worry about your hair or nothing just wake up and be out the door. At the time, with graduate school and a full time job, it was all about convenience.
I also thought locs were an easy maintenance style. I was WRONG! Locs take just as much maintenance but I loved my locs so much.
Each week, I was rocking a new loc style and where I lived not many people had locs so I was able to inspire a couple people into locing there hair too.
After about 2.5 years, I started missing my naturally loose hair and forgot how it looked. As I did with all my looks, I decided one day that I didn’t want locs anymore.
You’re probably thinking I cut them in Big Chopped (BC) all over again. NOPE!
I literally took my hair tool (dental pick) and some cheap conditioner and picked each one of them locs out.
My husband helped me out too and it took literally a whole month for me to pick each one out. I wore a hat for a month until it was all done.
It’s crazy to see how much we shed hair. It was about two to three bags of shed hair by the time I was done.
Since, it’s been so long since I handled my loose natural hair I didn’t know what to do with it. Consequently, I went to a hair salon to get a blow out and trim.
I wish I didn’t because my scalp was so sensitive after all that. A year later I’m still rocking my natural hair trying to get to know my hair all over again.
I’m lucky to have a supportive people around me that accept my natural hair. My husband wants me to back to rocking locs but loose natural hair is what I’m doing now and enjoying every minute of it.
Share your experiences. How has your natural hair experience been?