I have had the privilege of helping many women transition from relaxing their hair to going natural, and I can tell you what an emotional experience it is. For many, it is the first time in years that they have seen their real hair.
I decided to let my hair grow out until next summer. My goal was to maximize growth and minimize dryness and breakage while growing my afro. Before I get started, I took the time to discuss my options with three different trusted hair specialists and here is the advice I received.
I've flip-flopped between processing my hair and letting it be because I've never viewed one style as being better than the other -- they're just different. And if I ever have a daughter of my own someday, that's exactly what I'll teach her.