Hey my fellow naturalistas! My name is Kita Linnen. I’m from Virginia but I currently reside in Texas – big difference as far as heat and humidity.
I have never really had a problem with hair growth but constant relaxers and hair color were beginning to break my hair off. My sister was natural a year or so prior to me taking the plunge and I really liked her hair. My stylist at the time had a sister that was natural and would tell me all the time I should go natural. The person that really convinced me was my best friend who was also natural. She had been natural a year or so and would tell me how much healthier her hair was and how it was growing good.
I’m in the military so I deployed in 2010. While i was deployed it was too hot to deal with weaves and hair so I said to myself no better time than now to cut it all off. Nov 30, 2010 I BIG CHOPPED. It was a shock at first. I’ve had my hair short several times, but always with a relaxer; so this time it was different.
Surprisingly many people embraced it and several men told me the cut looked good on me. There were, on the other hand, those that had their negative comments but I never let the words of other people effect what I do.
I have been natural a little over 3 years now and I LOVE IT. It is definItely a learning experience. My hair has had good days and bad days. I’ve had a few setbacks and even had to have some inches cut from my hair. I wasn’t happy about that, but I learned that heat wasn’t good for MY hair. I had my hair cut at my 2 year mark and I haven’t used heat on my hair since and it is so much healthier for my hair.
Since I’m in the military, I do a lot of protective styling but once the weekend comes I let my hair free. Natural hair is fun and I love the versatility and different style I can achieve. This was one of the best choices I’ve made when it comes to my hair. Ladies don’t let the negativity of some folks discourage you…Your hair doesn’t define you and natural hair is BEAUTIFUL.
I’m hoping to start doing youtube videos soon but until then you can follow me on Instagram @k_linnen.
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