When Girl Meets Curls: Nadine Robinson
My name is Nadine Robinson aka NaturalNadine. I originally did my first BC in May 2011 (a few months before I had my daughter). The reason why I decided to do it was because I wanted a change. My hair at the time was relaxed, shedding and had really bad breakages. I tried several times to save what little I had left; frequent trims, restyling it so it was more of a low maintenance hairstyle and so on; to no avail. It just kept becoming more and more damaged! Therefore, for me this would give my hair the ultimate break if I just cut it all of and started again.
During Aug 2011 to April 2013, I went back and forth with texturizing my hair, to doing another BC, to relaxing my hair. This was not a good idea, as I had a severely itchy scalp (which had been a problem for four years, after having my second son). On April 30, 2013 I was informed by a dermatologist that it seemed I had Scarring Aleopica. Unfortunately for me, the dermatologist was very dismissive, which did not help ease my pain at the time and barely gave me any advice, explanations or treatment options. He basically said to use a steroid cream on my scalp and wash my hair with a shampoo which I already tried previously (that did not work at all). So I decided to take matters into my own hands literally, and took my scissors, removing all my processed hair and revealing my lovely kinky coils once and for all. I began to use natural oils, such as argan oil, tea tree oil on the area in which the dermatologist said was the 'problem section', which has slowly but surely started to rectify itself due to me giving it some TLC. From that day on I have not turned back in regards to embracing my God given natural tresses! I feel that because I was ready to have natural hair and had a little practice run before hand, I was able to adapt to maintaining my natural hair fairly well. One thing I would say is that I forgot how thick my natural hair actually is! I was so used to relaxing my hair at the first sign of regrowth, I never really got to see my natural hair in its normal state. It made me contemplate on why I never went natural sooner!
I think for me one of my main struggles of having natural hair, was that I noticed that most of my female friends and family members all had relaxed hair, so it was hard trying to get them to understand my natural tresses. I therefore became obsessed with learning about what it takes to grow healthy natural hair on YouTube and used my Twitter account to create my own mini natural hair community. At the moment I am at a TWA stage, which is fantastic as I have three young children (aged 6, 5 and 2 years old) to contend with, so the low maintenance of a TWA is a blessing right now. But there are times when I catch myself wishing that my hair was at a length were I could a little more to it LOL!
When it comes to dealing with or styling my hair, I am in my element now and find myself getting excited to do more to my hair as it grows. I am very curious to how my hair will respond to twist outs, flat braids etc. I hardly use heat on my hair as I want to protect and persevere the strong strands of hair that i have grow so far. I also wash my hair every 2-3 days, deep conditioning it once a month. The best tip that I have learned is to let my hair air dry. Even though I have the ultimate shrinkage once it is dried, it is something that allows me to do other things; opposed to sitting under a drying for 40+ minutes. So for now the struggles and challenges of having natural hair are fairly low.
My advice for any other new naturalistas and even long term committed natural hair sistahs, is that you cannot take everything on YouTube in regards to natural hair product reviews as gospel, what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. And search for people who have the same hair type/pattern as you. As all hair types respond to hair products differently. The fact that each hair type needs different things; some need more moisture than others is vital knowledge! I would also say, that it is OK to have natural hair, there will be people who try to throw you off track, as they may not have enough knowledge or experience in dealing with natural hair (and that even includes hairdressers), but just persevere and it will all be worth it in the end. This is another characteristic that enhances who you are. So rock that fro, shake those tresses and be proud of your natural, beautiful, kinky, curly hair!
Thanks Nadine for sharing your story! Best wishes on your natural hair journey. Ladies, Nadine can be found on:
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