Transitioning To Natural Hair Made, Me Change My Life

Transitioning To Natural Hair, Made Me Change My Life

Transitioning To Natural Hair Made, Me Change My LifeBy: GG Renee Hill

Transitioning to Natural Hair Completely Changed My Life; It Inspired Me to Quit My Job and Write a Book…

When I was a little girl, I LOVED big hair. I was a late 70’s baby and was always drawn to the freedom and the wild abandon of big hair. I would watch Diana Ross and Donna Summer concerts on TV and dance around the family room with a blanket on my head.

As I got older, I tried to fit in with the flatter, more frozen styles of the 80’s and 90’s but my hair never truly conformed, even with a relaxer.  Still, I persisted.  I fried, dyed, and laid it to the side for years and years, trying to keep it straight and flat.

My decision to stop relaxing my hair was triggered by an emotional transition that I was going through in my late twenties.  It was 2006 and I’d spent most of my adult life feeling lost and uncertain about everything.  I just hit a wall.  I was tired of making all my decisions based on what other people told me I should do.  I cared so much about what other people thought that I had no idea how I really wanted to live my life.  I began to question everything.  I gradually began the slow process of deprogramming and learning how to think for myself.  I had to stop living for the approval of others.

One of the first things I did was stop relaxing my hair.  I would play with my new growth and admire the texture of it and I decided that I wanted to see more of it and more of it and more of it.  The longer it grew, the more I fell in love with it.

I think my love of hair, even back to when I was a babe, has to do with some part of me recognizing it as a way to let who I am come out.  For me, it’s a way to express myself without saying a word.  I’m free-spirited, open-minded, sensitive, rebellious, contradictory and goofy – just like my hair. Transitioning was truly a journey that occurred from the inside out and it taught me how to love my whole self and not just the parts that people praised me for.

I try to channel that freedom through my writing.  Through my blog, All the Many Layers, which embraces the layers of being a woman.  That includes the things that make me feel scared, awkward and unpretty.

Even more recently I published my first book, The Beautiful Disruption, and I credit my transition to natural hair as a huge catalyst for my writing career.  It inspired me so much that I started writing and blogging and I discovered a passion for inspiring women to express themselves creatively.  In the summer of 2013, this also lead me to quit my job to pursue my writing career full time.

We are drawn to things for a reason. It may take a while for us to figure out why, but it’s worth the journey. As I learned to love my natural hair, I began to reconsider other things that I never liked about myself like my idealism, my sensitivity and my, now beloved, awkwardness.  These things have become my biggest sources of creativity because I am no longer afraid to be vulnerable and show myself.  I encourage any woman who has transitioned or is in the process of it to go beyond the physical transformation and allow it to reconnect you to the core of who you are and the empowering freedom of self-expression.

GG Renee Hill is a first-time author and the creator of the lifestyle blog, All the Many Layers.  She writes for the crazy beautiful complex free creative weird love drunk woman.  When she’s not working on a book or writing for her blog, you can find her sprinkling love dust on Twitter and Instagram @ggreneewrites.

Has Going Natural Inspired You To Change Your Life in Anyway?

Let me know by sharing in the comment section below.

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7 thoughts on “Transitioning To Natural Hair, Made Me Change My Life

  1. slsmith2765

    I can truly relate to this article, and very much appreciate the fact that not only am I getting to know my natural hair, but I found that I am also seeking to transition to the best and highest person I can be. I can’t believe how one experience has open doors for me to get to know me even more and to pursue and find my purpose in life. I am truly appreciating and loving the unique person I am. It has only been 6 months since I started to transition from relax to natural hair, but it has been a wonderful experience; even with the trails and errors. This experience has helped me to accept myself and all the natural and unique things about me. Who would ever imagine that changing one part of you would affect your entire state of thinking and living. The more natural I become, the healthier I am thinking about self and about living a healthier life.

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    1. GG Renee (@GGReneeWrites)

      I love it! My experience was very similar. I’m excited for you as you continue on your journey. Transitioning your hair really does make you look at your whole life and make sure that it’s as much YOU as possible, you know?!

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  2. Necey

    Love this article! I also have begun to “know myself” and be and do things that I never thought possible….just by going natural! It’s true that the transition isn’t to natural hair, the transition is actually to who you really are and the possibilities that come from being your authentic self. Keep up the fantastic work, ladies!

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  3. Elaine

    I stretched relaxed my natural hair and was told that my hair would return in two weeks but it has been five months but my hair hasn’t returned. What I notice is undergrowth. What should I do to bring back my hair?

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    1. Tamara Post author

      Hi Elaine,

      Thank you for reading. Have you signed up for me email list? You can do so here–> http://eepurl.com/Gemgn.

      I think I understand your question. But I’m not exactly sure what you mean by stretch relaxed. It sounds like a text-laxed which is a milder relaxer (chemical hair straightening process) if this is the case you have permanently altered your hair’s texture and will have to go through the transitioning phase again to restore your hair’s natural state.

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  4. Sandy Hogan

    Agreed! Transitioning has given me a wealth of knowledge to take control of my overall health. I am more aware of reasons why I have been dis-eased in the past which allows me to better control my future. I’m creating my own cosmetics, detox scrubs and products to help me on my journeys to a better life. I feel empowered, sexy, beautiful, and most of all truly happy for the first time in my life.

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  5. Amy

    I’m white, but I have crazy curly hair and am going natural. I WILL love this hair, this face, this skin, this body, this woman. It HAS changed everything! I chose to spend that hair time on other, better things. Simplify! My philosophy of life and appreciation of myself are transforming along with my hair. You nailed it in your writing. I no longer want hair like everyone else’s, like a 20-something or like the beauty product companies tell me I should. It’s becoming a celebration of me all around. I didn’t ecpect this, and it’s beautiful.

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