Hello! My name is Yolanda B. I am a Web Design student and Mom.
I decided to cut off all of my perm at the beginning of my pregnancy in 2011 due to damage from harsh chemicals however, after my big chop I continued to wear weaves. I pretty much never showed my natural hair and continued to damage it by not caring for it and flat ironing my “leave out” to blend. It was not until recently, about 2 years ago that I decided to go cold turkey and big chop once more. I gave up weaves, my blow dryer, and straight styles. So, I have really only been ACTIVELY natural for 2 years and it has been a wonderful experience.
What motivated me to make the committed transition was that I wanted to feel beautiful on the outside and comfortable with who I was. I was tired of not wanting to leave the house if my weave wasn’t done, spending money, and never showing my hair that I didn’t think was very beautiful then. I really had to ask myself, “why don’t you like your hair?” And the truth was that I was so caught up in societies standards of beauty that I allowed it to get to me. It was something that I had to do for me and I am so much happier than I have ever been.
I still wear protective styles like twists, braids, and I recently made my own kinky curly wig (that I love SO much). I still have fun with my hair but I am a lot more conscious of the looks I go for in addition to the way I treat it.
I just love being natural!