For a woman of color we all grew up two ways either you had natural hair or you got a perm. I had the chance to do both. When I was younger I had natural hair until I was about six years old. In case you want to know what a perm does to a black girl hair it basically makes the hair go from curly to straight. Why would you do this to yourself? Well being natural your hair can straighten but if you want it to stay straight for a while like three weeks to a months a perm was the way to go. Plus it was very convenient for my mom and made it so she didn’t have to do my hair everyday before I went to school. But the thing is over the years I began to find out that putting the chemicals that are in perms weren’t good for growth of your hair. Turns out perms can thin out your hair and if left in too long can take your hair out completely. So, my freshman year of high school I decided to go natural. What does that mean, well for a whole year I did not get a perm instead I would just wash my hair and style it for a whole year. Also means that I let my hair grow out and eventually when my natural hair was long enough and there was more curly hair than straight I would cut my hair. The process was not easy to get to the point where I’m at now. The first 6-8 months were the hardest because also to be natural putting a lot of heat is not good for the curls either so I had to find alternative styles to do to keep my hair looking publicly decent. The best way I found out how to do different styles is YouTube come to find out there were many YouTubers who did transitioning natural hair styles so it took away some of the stress when I got bored with the styles that I was doing. As the months went by doing the different styles got easier and easier then it was time to cut it off. I’m not going to lie it was most definitely the scariest moment to cut my hair for the fear that I would look like a boy. Luckily, my beautician cut off the straight ends of my hair and I had a mini fro. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and once she styled it that made me feel even more confident in myself. Being that I went natural I have learned to really love my curls for what they are and embrace that afro-centric look and embrace that my black is beautiful because many times girls including myself do not like how we look and tend to compare ourselves to other people. Changing my hair back to natural was probably the best project that I have done because it has changed me as a person. Lastly, I want to end this blog on a good note and say that everybody is beautiful in their own way and it is time to spread more peace, love, and positivity.