Living No Lye | My Natural Hair Journey by CoCo Danielle

Living No Lye | My Natural Hair Journey by CoCo Danielle

What are your reasons for going natural? 

Initially, being down-right frustrated with my hair is what sent me running in the natural direction. I was tired of spending money on bundles of hair, paying someone to install it, only to take it down in less than a week due to the extreme discomfort of itching. After each take-down, my hair appeared to be more damaged than before. So to avoid the sew-ins, I'd buy wigs, which allowed for even more discomfort than the sew-ins! I was tired....so tired. I knew that the only way I'd be truly happy with my hair is if it were actually my own growing, healthy hair.

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Living No Lye | Tynisha (@ty_me_she_her)

Living No Lye | Tynisha (@ty_me_she_her)

What are your reasons for going natural?

One of the main reasons that inspired my decision to go natural was the birth of my daughter.  I wanted her to recognize the true essence of her beauty and felt that I could not do that if I was hiding behind my weave.  I wore my hair weaved up so much that I started to become dependent on it.  It caused a financial burden in my household because I was paying about $320.00 every 6-8 weeks to maintain it.  Instead of reusing the hair I got fresh bundles every time which are not good investments.  That money could've been spent more productively or put into savings.

 

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Living No Lye | Tina (MissT1806)

Living No Lye | Tina (MissT1806)

What are your reasons for going natural?

Going natural for me was my attempt to redefine who I was and gain back some control in my life. 2010 was a particularly challenging year for me and it seemed all around me was crumbling. I felt lost but, thankfully around the same time, with a little prompting from my then hairstylist, I discovered YouTube and the natural hair community. As I watched women share their hair journeys I was moved by and attracted to the confidence they exuded and desperately needed a taste of it. The more videos I watched, the more I practiced with my hair and the better I felt. My self-esteem started soaring again and I knew I had to big chop. It’s been five years since my big chop and I still love it.

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