My Hair chronicles

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There is a stereotype attached to women that choose to grow out their natural hair. From the ridiculous notion that we are hippies, political rebels, vegan, hair obsessed, love reggae to being militant and feminist. Now, even though some ladies may be a few or one of those things, the fact that we are all labeled from the onset is so not cool. No, we are not going to rant about the stereotypes. Today, we discuss why I love my natural hair and would not change that even for a bag of Tropical Heat crisps, and we all know how awesome that stuff is.

I have to warn you, this is going to be a long one, so get cozy. Ok, so let’s take it from the top, where it all started

// THE EARLY DAYS

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As every young girl dreams, we all want long flowy hair that turns heads and gets people asking you what products you use. You know that feeling, when you have really nice, healthy hair. Well, that was me, not really the turn heads part but the healthy hair situation. I loved my hair and never saw a different future for my hair. We were good.

Looking back I laugh, I spent too much time in the salon. But it paid off. Whenever I had an off day, I found going to the salon relaxing. On a good day & in a celebratory mood, the salon was my champagne. πŸ™‚

// THE BIG CHOP

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Then 2012 I had a longing to do my masters. I LOVE to save money, deals. You name it. So I quickly came to the realization that spending a ridiculous amount of £££’s on hair. C’mon, there are clothes, shoes and bags to buy with that πŸ™‚

So I did it. It was interesting adjusting because it took me back to my primary school days. I bleached it and then colored it red because I thought, short black hair is boring (don’t tell Janet I said that).

// THE FRO

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My mantra with my hair has been pretty simple. Wash & Go. Literally. And I will be honest, that is on a good day. During this phase, no comb was harmed in the growth of my hair.

I once started watching all these YT videos and decided to take the “hair journey” more seriously. Combed it, plaited it at night and even made the effort of oiling it, I woke up to a migraine that lasted half the day. That was the end of me trying to fake it in the natural hair game.

// PROTECTIVE STYLES

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After a while, I wanted something different. My friend Tezie used to plait her own hair with the Afro Kinky braids. So decided to practice plaiting someone else, I was the guineapig. She did an awesome job and a new partnership was formed between her hands and my hair.

I loved the kinky braids sooo much. They were light and every time I took them out, my hair was so grown.

// FULLY GROWN

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So, masters done. I moved to Tanzania and kept the movement up. My puff game was strong too. But I still had no idea how to handle my hair. Looking back, I wish I had done a better job at taking care of it.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t breaking or one of those things but a missed opportunity. At this time, I had been natural for about 2 years.

// WEDDING BELLS

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I don’t really blame the wedding for my reckless decision but it is kinda what drove me to relax my hair again…worst decision. But also, one of my clients at the Agency was a Hair Brand whose biggest mover was the relaxer.

Anywho, I convinced myself that it was all for the wedding and once it was done, I would go back. This was around 2014

// PROTECTIVE STYLES 2.0

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When I went back to relaxed hair, immediately I was done, I regretted the decision. So, for the few months, I had it relaxed, I had it braided most of the time.

I am not good at hair stuff, I have come to realize. But I would like to be better. Wooohhhoooo this is turning into a therapy sess πŸ™‚

// OOPS I DID IT AGAIN

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1st May 2015, I did. This time I decided to go orange FYI, I don’t have an eccentric personality but I think we all deserve a spark of madness to survive. I have been asked in the past what color it is. I will bare it all here.

The orange color was a mistake. I went to a salon in Uganda, Pamper Zone to be exact and although they are generally a good salon, that day they didn’t have bleach. So convinced me to do the color job without bleach, which I was hesitant to because I knew the bleach would make the red pop. Voila, I had some granny hair and was not happy. A few days later, I went back to redo the job, this time with bleach. Once the bleach was mixed with the red color orange hair was born.

I have relied on not combing (my personal fav), not oiling and taking my hair for a while now. But it is only until last week that I made a conscious decision to take care of my hair real good. Β Let me know in the comments if you would like more posts on my hair journey as I progress.

Do you have natural hair? What is your story?

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12 Comments

  1. September 4, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    Beautiful post El πŸ™‚

    • Eleanor Mirembe
      September 7, 2015 / 10:47 am

      Thanks babe. Are you daring enough to try it out?

  2. Purely Galore
    September 6, 2015 / 7:50 am

    I have natural hair too. I made the best decision to go natural. This November i will be making one year after my big chop. I was also forced to go natural cause I couldn’t afford to spend all those ££££ on hair during my masters when there were better things to add to my life with all that money. Now, I know this is the best decision I have ever made for my hair.. I would love to hear more about your hair chronicles.

    • Eleanor Mirembe
      September 7, 2015 / 10:52 am

      I find it so easy to maintain, truly the best decision. Woop woop. Thanks babe, I will plan then to post more on my journey πŸ™‚

  3. Joan
    September 7, 2015 / 8:44 am

    I love your post, all the ups and downs you’ve had with your hair!

    • Eleanor Mirembe
      September 7, 2015 / 10:59 am

      I bet you can relate, 4 years in, no? Checking your blog out for tips πŸ™‚

  4. TNL
    September 7, 2015 / 9:33 am

    Big ups to you!!! My hair is relaxed and considering I just took it out and it has growth out of this world that I cant even get a comb through am thinking the natural hair movement is not for me. Although that said i do miss my natural hair. Loving the hair color though i just might πŸ™‚

    • Eleanor Mirembe
      September 7, 2015 / 11:02 am

      I know what you mean. That is why I relied so much on my go to style, "wake up & go." I don’t know what it is with having your hair natural, there is a true sense of liberation πŸ™‚ Philosophical much?

  5. Shubi K
    September 18, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    I didn’t know the orange color was intended, it just looked very fitting!! Love it!
    My natural hair journey started with just an impulse one day, when I decided not to relax my hair, I found that my hair was breaking while I was in uni, and I just couldn’t deal with it. So the natural hair journey started. It’s been 6 years now, best decision ever. And now that my hair is loc’d, I couldn’t be more happier with its progress. I liked reading about your hair journey, keep the posts coming girl!!

    • Shubi K
      September 18, 2015 / 1:22 pm

      wasn’t*

    • Eleanor Mirembe
      September 20, 2015 / 11:37 am

      Thanks Shubi. I love LOVE your locks and how you style them, I mean 6 years, yeh? I can’t wait to get comfortable with my hair and styling it.

  6. May 27, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    Haha…..I thought I was the only one who gave up on spending money on hair when I started my masters. Gosh who knew maintaining relaxed hair took so much money. A year into the natural hair and I don’t regret although all the regimen and nightly plaiting can be tedious. I am more of a "wash & go" girl myself, still getting a handle on it!

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