Needless to say, that was the moment I decided never to use a relaxer again…

So for the first time when I got home, I Googled ,’how to take care of natural hair’.

I personally prefer visual explanations but at the time there were only a handful of YouTubers dedicating their channels to natural hair. However, as time went on, I researched further and found;

  • Torrianda7 (now known as Jungle City)- She taught me how to braid my hair myself andher mane, Lawd have mercy!
  • JcGrace- She is absolutely fun to watch and her hairstyling videos got me through my transitioning phase.
  • Kimmatube- Her tutorials were very detailed and extremely helpful. It was through her I learnt about the book, ‘The Science of Black Hair’ by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy.
  • My other favourites were: AfricanExport, WhoisSugar, Toni Daley, Nikkimae2003, NaturallyCandi, Alicia James and UrbanBushBabes.

These Vloggers helped me through my first year with natural hair.

I transitioned for seven months and impulsively cut my relaxed ends off when I noticed how limp and lifeless it looked. At this stage, my new obsession became products. I wanted to try every organic or close to natural product I could lay my hands on. I even purchased luxury brands like Ojon & L’occitane and although they lived up to my expectations, they left holes in my pocket. Thankfully, in time I found affordable products that worked wonderfully on my hair.

In addition, I have educated myself on natural hair care by reading books written specifically on black hair such as;

  • If you love it, it will grow by Dr Pheonix
  • Science of Black Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy
  • Better than good hair by Curly Nikki and counting…

Currently, my hair has been natural since June of 2011 and it has honestly been one of the best journeys towards self-awareness and purpose in my life. I have been questioned by strangers and even looked at interestingly and weirdly but I will continue to be a source of inspiration to those who need it.

My advice is to anyone seeking to grow their natural hair, is to learn and educate yourselves, and have fun while you’re at it.

Peace & Blessings,

Igbocurls 🙂