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Hair Archives: My Natural Hairstory 2012


Meet ME: 21 year old student, blogger, vlogger, New Yorker, and natural hair enthusiast. I just wanted to share my hair story with all of you, especially thos of you who are just getting to know me.

In my short (almost) twenty two years of life, my hair has experienced many hairstyles; my personal favorite NATURAL HAIR, press and curls, relaxers, moments of slicked down baby hairs, high ponytails, low ponytails, bangs, side bangs, box braids, cornrows (a la Alicia Keys), etc. My hair was long when I was younger, but after relaxing it and some bad haircuts I was stuck with a mushroom cut that was no longer than shoulder length. Then in high school, I discovered the sew in weave and I became HOOKED! I loved being able to change my look, experiment with color/length/hairstyles, and not have to deal with my real hair. I generally was a follower of hair fads and loved to keep up with the popular hairstyles.

Fast forward to college (2008-2009), I decided to try to go natural out of curiosity. I was spending a whole bunch of money on curly hair extensions anyway, so I might as well see how my natural curls would look. Right? Unfortunately due to improper care and lack of research I caved in after six months. I didn't decide to try again until the summer of 2010, and my last relaxer was in September of that year. For the record, I went two months without one then caved in and decided to have one last relaxer before I moved from New York to Virginia. I'm not sure why, but I just did it.

Transitioning to natural hair started out fairly easy. I just though of it as extending my relaxer for the first few months, straightening my hair as usual and installing a few weaves here and there. I did that for the first few months, until the new growth started to get more and more noticeable. I then moved on to wearing wigs, which is when I started my Youtube page. BUT that only lasted for so long, lace front wigs are hairline KILLERS! I noticed my edges thinning out so I stopped, plus it was really hot in Virginia around March of that year (too hot for a wig). From there on I started to wear bantu knot outs, twist outs, braid outs and started to get used to caring for my transitioning hair thanks to the many naturals of Youtube.


By the end of April I was tired of the thin, ugly, damaged relaxed ends so I decided to do my big chop on my own. I transitioned for about 7 months so my new afro was about two inches long. I had never worn such short hair so I really had a rough time getting used to it. I took the advice of others and started wearing makeup, clips, bows, headbands, arching my eyebrows, all in an attempt to feel more feminine and pretty. I eventually did not need all of that, and vowed not to try to change myself with makeup or fake hair in order to love my new look. I created the I LOVE My Natural Hair Facebook Page to not only help me love my hair but to influence others to love theirs as well.

I had a lot of fun with my short hair. Wash and goes were my favorite, I also did twist outs, fro-hawks, finger coils, puffs, and experimented a lot with new hairstyles. I started using all natural products and had fun trying them out to see what would work on my hair. I also enjoyed recording youtube videos to share my experience and track my progress. Within a few months I noticed some growth, and then some more growth, and I got SO excited.


So here I am now, over two years since my last relaxer, about a year and a half since my big chop. I still LOVE my natural hair and would not change it for ANYTHING! I take pretty good care of it, I have learned so much about myself and my hair through going natural (but let's save that for another post!). I have been blessed to meet so many lovely ladies, both in person and online, and have the chance to help them out with their hair issues, inspire, teach and guide them. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Well I hope you got to know me a little better. I will be adding more personal posts on here as well as product reviews, hairstyles, etc.

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Hair Archives: My Natural Hairstory 2012



Meet ME: 21 year old student, blogger, vlogger, New Yorker, and natural hair enthusiast. I just wanted to share my hair story with all of you, especially thos of you who are just getting to know me.

In my short (almost) twenty two years of life, my hair has experienced many hairstyles; my personal favorite NATURAL HAIR, press and curls, relaxers, moments of slicked down baby hairs, high ponytails, low ponytails, bangs, side bangs, box braids, cornrows (a la Alicia Keys), etc. My hair was long when I was younger, but after relaxing it and some bad haircuts I was stuck with a mushroom cut that was no longer than shoulder length. Then in high school, I discovered the sew in weave and I became HOOKED! I loved being able to change my look, experiment with color/length/hairstyles, and not have to deal with my real hair. I generally was a follower of hair fads and loved to keep up with the popular hairstyles.

Fast forward to college (2008-2009), I decided to try to go natural out of curiosity. I was spending a whole bunch of money on curly hair extensions anyway, so I might as well see how my natural curls would look. Right? Unfortunately due to improper care and lack of research I caved in after six months. I didn't decide to try again until the summer of 2010, and my last relaxer was in September of that year. For the record, I went two months without one then caved in and decided to have one last relaxer before I moved from New York to Virginia. I'm not sure why, but I just did it.

Transitioning to natural hair started out fairly easy. I just though of it as extending my relaxer for the first few months, straightening my hair as usual and installing a few weaves here and there. I did that for the first few months, until the new growth started to get more and more noticeable. I then moved on to wearing wigs, which is when I started my Youtube page. BUT that only lasted for so long, lace front wigs are hairline KILLERS! I noticed my edges thinning out so I stopped, plus it was really hot in Virginia around March of that year (too hot for a wig). From there on I started to wear bantu knot outs, twist outs, braid outs and started to get used to caring for my transitioning hair thanks to the many naturals of Youtube.


By the end of April I was tired of the thin, ugly, damaged relaxed ends so I decided to do my big chop on my own. I transitioned for about 7 months so my new afro was about two inches long. I had never worn such short hair so I really had a rough time getting used to it. I took the advice of others and started wearing makeup, clips, bows, headbands, arching my eyebrows, all in an attempt to feel more feminine and pretty. I eventually did not need all of that, and vowed not to try to change myself with makeup or fake hair in order to love my new look. I created the I LOVE My Natural Hair Facebook Page to not only help me love my hair but to influence others to love theirs as well.

I had a lot of fun with my short hair. Wash and goes were my favorite, I also did twist outs, fro-hawks, finger coils, puffs, and experimented a lot with new hairstyles. I started using all natural products and had fun trying them out to see what would work on my hair. I also enjoyed recording youtube videos to share my experience and track my progress. Within a few months I noticed some growth, and then some more growth, and I got SO excited.


So here I am now, over two years since my last relaxer, about a year and a half since my big chop. I still LOVE my natural hair and would not change it for ANYTHING! I take pretty good care of it, I have learned so much about myself and my hair through going natural (but let's save that for another post!). I have been blessed to meet so many lovely ladies, both in person and online, and have the chance to help them out with their hair issues, inspire, teach and guide them. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Well I hope you got to know me a little better. I will be adding more personal posts on here as well as product reviews, hairstyles, etc.
Tiffany Arlene
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