My name is Kiondra and I am obsessed with natural hair! I transitioned for 1 year and have been natural for 3 years now! It has been a JOURNEY to say the least, full of ups and downs, but it has been 100% worth it. I decided to return natural because I had been wearing weaves for a few years in college to protect my hair since I played a sport and was constantly working out without time to properly care for my hair. Once I graduated, I wanted to wear my own hair instead of weave, but I didn’t want to go back to the getting perms and risk my hair breaking off or becoming damaged. I was entirely too scared and no where near confident enough to go straight to the big chop, so I decided I would transition until I was ready to chop off the remaining permed ends.
During my transition I learned a lot about my hair and learned to love it for the way it naturally grew. When I was perming my hair and people would ask “What does your hair naturally look like?” I would always respond with “oh, it’s wavy!”, because it was technically wavy when I would wash it. Embarassing right, because now I know my hair is undeniably curly curly curly! While transitioning I did a lot of braid and twist outs since I was dealing with 2 different hair textures. Once my curl pattern had come in (3C/4A) and I realized I was becoming highly irritated by my permed pieces still being present, I made an appoitment to have the remaining perm cut out. One tip for people who are transitioning, be patient, you will know when you’re ready to chop!
Since becoming fully natural I haven’t changed much in my routine. Keeping my hair moisturized is the key to maintaining healthy curls! I deep condition once a week, sometimes with a DIY deep conditoner recipe, but most of the time I use the Shea Moisture deep conditioning masque. I keep a spray bottle with a mixture of water, conditoner, and some type of oil (usually coconut or olive) on my bathroom counter and spray the mixture on my hair daily. On wash day, I use the LOC method to style my hair.
The journey to truly embracing my natural hair has been amazing. I have become much more confident in myself and very proud of the wild, unruly, refuse-to-be-tamed curls that I was born with. There are so many different textures, colors, kinks, and curls spread throughout the natural hair community and they are all BEAUTIFUL. I hope to continue inspiring other girls to take the leap and learn to love their curls as I have!