December is a magical month don’t you think? There’s a crisp clean breeze in the air, Christmas is around the corner, everywhere you go there is nostalgic yuletide music playing, people are shopping for gifts and everyone seems happier. But Christmas is also a time for reflection, especially since this year (2019) was the ending of a decade, many people, including myself, did some reflection. You look at the past year and you ask questions of whether you achieved what you wanted, whether you’re happy with the current status of your life, what was great about 2019, what wasn’t so great and what can be done for the upcoming year.

As this was no ordinary year, my self-reflection took me on a long journey. It took me back through the process of my move to Canada, the preparation we did for it before arriving and the process to settle in after. Now that my family and I are settled, the question of what next was asked. What do I want for myself and my family in 2020?

So, I do a vision board every year, and even though it is mostly personal, I always ask my family for input on what they would like so I can include it. So, while my board had the typical professional, spiritual, health and financial goals, there was something that was nagging me for a few months that suddenly started screaming in my head, almost deafening me. So, on December 21, 2019, I made a decision that I never expected to make…I decided to transition from relaxed hair to my natural hair.

I know what you’re thinking... many persons find something new or drastic to do at the start of a new year, and especially with the hype of starting a new decade, this is one of the most clichéd things to do. But hear me out. I have been processing my hair since I was 11 years old. Now, not to date myself, but that’s over 25 years of chemicals in my hair. As I’ve grown, I self-reflect a lot and analyze life more and more each day. This decision was not an easy one, and based on the stories I’ve heard and read, the journey to the big chop will be even harder. Imagine having gotten used to the ease of combing, washing, and styling for a quarter of a century to now move to the time-consuming process needed to care for the transitioning hair and then the natural hair?

Before deciding though, I did what I do best…I researched! Google, YouTube, friends who’ve transitioned and hairdressers…yes, I am thorough. I like to make informed decisions and this was no different. I had to know what I was getting myself into and what I would be facing to make sure that I was up for it. And you know what? And after all that research, I am excited! I love looking at my new growth and seeing my natural hair, and I cannot wait until June 25, 2020 when I cut the relaxed ends and debut my all-natural hair. “Wow! She’s really thought this through, she even has a date for the big chop.” you may say. But here’s why. Summer of course! I need a hot new hairstyle for a hot girl summer!

Please feel free to share your advice, ideas, tips, tricks, hacks and everything else for my journey. Stay tuned for updates! 😊

Published by Krishta-Gay Lewis-Harewood