New Year New You
This month, our guest contributor is 21 year old Aisha Rimi a final year student at the Queen Mary, University of London. She shares with us her experiences of transition from relaxed to natural hair.
Looking back at my New Year’s Resolutions from last year, one of my goals for 2015 was to take better care of my hair and to have grown it to my shoulders. Since becoming 100% natural in February 2014, I’ve never really developed a proper routine when it came to caring for my hair and at times during my transition to being natural and post the transition, I often found it hard work to maintain a routine and to even treat my hair properly as I just found it hard work. Despite this all, I thought with the New Year it would be great to reflect on my natural hair journey over the last couple of years.
My hair was first relaxed when I was around seven or eight so I didn’t really have much recollection as to what my natural hair looked or felt like before then. Going natural was something that I knew that I wanted to do at some point in the future, but it wasn’t until my first year at university that I really decided to take the plunge and transition. It was when my friend showed me videos on YouTube of girls demonstrating their techniques and methods in caring for their natural hair in tutorials that I knew this was something I wanted to do. And so it was then that I started my year long journey of transitioning. I would braid, twist, Bantu knot my hair as well as try out styles such as a wash ‘n’ go, all whilst embracing my new found curls and bounce in my hair. I came to understand the importance of keeping my hair well moisturised with oils, shea butter and other products enriched with benefits for my hair.
I’m not going to lie to you, this ‘natural hair journey’ can be an arduous one and admittedly quite high maintenance but I’d never want to go back to relaxers. I love the way my healthy hair makes me feel and with the right routine and upkeep, I think that 2016 can bring my hair to new lengths.
Photos courtesy of Rasheada Morris