My Natural HairStory #LoveYourCurls


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My Natural HairStory Tapered TWA

I’d be lying if I said I loved my natural hair right off the bat. In fact, my natural hair journey almost ended before it even began. When I had my pixie cut, I used to keep a jar of relaxer in the fridge for touch-ups. While taking out my braids in preparation for the big chop, I threw the jar of relaxer in the trash since I knew I didn’t need it anymore. I had researched natural hair for months and was ready for the big chop. No turning back. At least that’s what I thought. So I finished taking out my braids and proceeded to go ahead and chop off all of my hair. After I cut it all off I was completely in shock. I hated my hair. What had I done. It looked nothing like I thought it would. There were no curls at all. It felt rough. I looked like a boy. I immediately dug in the trash and recovered that jar of relaxer that I had threw out. I told myself that I could just put the relaxer back in since I still had enough hair for an ultra short pixie cut. I contemplated the thought for a few minutes before I took a long hard look in the mirror and threw the relaxer back in the trash. I told myself that this is you, the real you… so deal with it. I figured I’d wear a head wrap to work until I could get to the barber after and get a taper. Then I said no, you’re going to be bold and rock this hair. So I created brush coils on my teeny weeny afro and headed to work. I didn’t feel confident at all. When I arrived at work, everyone loved my hair. Everyone but me. After I got the taper cut, I really hated my hair. The barber messed up and didn’t give me what I wanted. I should have followed my gut and cut it myself like I usually do, but I went home and fixed it. I looked in the mirror and thought “this is kind of cute”. Then I felt a little better about myself. That is how my natural hair journey began.

Dove Love Your Curls Tapered TWA

I was off to a rough start but I am now totally in love with my natural hair. I had to realize that my hair is unique to me, and will not look just like anyone else’s. Through trial and error I’ve learned what products and methods work best for my hair, and I’ve developed a routine that’s been keeping it strong, healthy and flourishing. I love that my texture allows for versatility in styling options and I’ve been very creative- Finger Coils, Finger Shingles, Bantu Knot Outs, Twist Outs, Perm Rod Sets… who knew that you could do so much with a TWA?! I’m approaching my one year natural hair anniversary and I’m so glad that I stayed the course. I feel like a brand new person since chopping off my hair and joining team natural, and I’ve never felt more in touch with myself. I’m more confident and comfortable in my skin than I’ve ever been. My, how the tables have turned.

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Erica
Erica

When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.

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10 Comments

  1. Kwmechelle
    11.25.2015 / 4:56 pm

    Wonderful story. So glad you stayed the course & kept going. I wore cornrows for awhile but once I got tired of braids, I took them out & rocked a Fro. I felt like a boy. That was 15 yrs ago. And I’ve never looked back! Sometimes I feel like doing the big chop since I grew my hair out before & didn’t go through all the many stages of hair length & growth. You look so fierce!!!! Natural hair rules 🙂

    • Erica
      Author
      11.25.2015 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m trying to keep the clippers out of my head so that j can experience a big ol’ tapered fro! ?

  2. 11.25.2015 / 7:57 pm

    I love your hair! I’m growing out my twa now but I keep wanting to cut it again because I’m super lazy with styling.

    • Erica
      Author
      11.25.2015 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you hun. I keep cutting mine because I love short hair, but I’m planning to grow it out into a longer tapered fro.

  3. 11.26.2015 / 11:49 pm

    You look amazing no matter what!

    • Erica
      Author
      11.29.2015 / 6:23 pm

      Awww thank you Dani! 🙂

  4. Tara
    11.29.2015 / 8:18 pm

    Hi Erica,
    I’m so glad that I finally have someone to watch about styling my hair texture. To get the shingle look quicker, I use a sponge worth holes in it. It really works great, just a suggestion. You are magnificent!!

    • Erica
      Author
      11.30.2015 / 2:04 pm

      Thank you so much. I use the sponge method occasionally and it does not give my hair the same definition as shingling.

  5. Nonty
    12.04.2015 / 6:23 am

    Hi!! Love ur hair it super amazing. My question is which hair products do u recommend for natural hair. I’m also still doing a bit of research as I have recently decided to go natural. What do u recommend right from shampoo, conditioner, serum, oil etc. The products u used are not very clear on the video, may u kindly write them out for me. Keep it girl!!!!

    • Erica
      Author
      12.05.2015 / 8:04 pm

      Thank you so much. You can see lots of my natural hair product recommendations under the natural hair tag here. Also, I usually put the products that I used in my video tutorials in the description box.
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