TWA natural hair
Circa 2001, passport pics are NEVER cute

I first ‘went natural’ when I was in my late twenties.  I wanted a change after my second relationship break up. I wanted to be invisible to men and I thought cutting of my hair and wearing an afro would do the trick. NO, I’m not being ‘full of myself’ it’s just the way of things in Trinidad, I think anyway. I’m sure its not all men, but men in the Trinidad generally like women with long hair and so called ‘good hair’ at that (the straighter and softer the better). I’m guessing it’s down to our slavery and colonial past. At any rate, I wanted to be free.  Imagine my surprise when I looked cute with my TWA! Then again I was a UK 8, with skin that was in good condition. I really looked after myself back then, not hubby no kids, just Number 1. Bags packed and armed with my texturizer kit, I arrived in Heathrow in 2001.

My hair grew quickly so I began to use my texturizer, but sparingly because I had no idea was I was doing.  There wasn’t a barber for Afro hair in the village or town centre of Cambridge back then. At least I didn’t know of any and there was no one to advise me otherwise. It wasn’t until I moved to London 10 months later, that I had my first relaxer, in West London by the aunt of an acquaintance of mine.  By the time I moved into my second flat share in the summer of 2003, one of my flatmates had referred me to her hairdresser.
circa 2004

 

circa 2007

 

Aug 2009
 I didn’t look back from my creamy crack addiction untill 2010, when I decided I wanted to become a mum.  I transitioned for about three months but then I did a DIY  BC (big chop) , after a feasting on YouTube videos. Not for the faint of hear I might add. I wouldn’t a DIY BC recommend it unless you have a hairdresser on speed dial.
Feb 2010
big chop natural hair
TWA rescue by my mate Chelsea
Feb 2010

Thankfully my dear friend Chelsea rescued my botch job and I’ve not looked back since.

I’ve been natural for over three years. I’ve primarily taken care of my hair during this time, as my own hairdresser is a bit far since we relocated last summer. I’ve tried the local hairdressers and had bad experiences. My hair was badly handled and I’d leave with my hair looking worse than if I’d styled it myself. Then I’d return home, hubby to ask ‘How much did you pay for that?’ No it’s not fun and it’s not pretty when a hair dresser gets it wrong!  It has to be said that are not enough hairdressers who know how to take care of natural Afro hair, in London. Although many ladies opt to chemically process their hair in Trinidad, chances are there will always be someone who can braid, cornrow and style natural hair.
5 mths pregnant, June 2010 (T’dad)
June 2010 (T’dad)
For me, that someone is my mum.  Thankfully, due to YouTube and natural hair bloggers I don’t feel all alone in the wilderness any more.
twist out natural hair
April 2013

 My hairstory has taken a turn for the better. So bloggers keeping doing your do!

I’d love to hear from naturalistas who have traveled or relocated? How did you maintain your hair? What has been your experience in finding a hairdresser and products that suit your hair needs?
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