My name is Brittany Edwards, and I am free spirited, a lover of art, dance and creativity in general. I used to work in retail as an assistant buyer, and left that career path to pursue my passions for entrepreneurship.
I had been relaxing my hair ever since I was a kid, and grew to depend on having straight hair to feel like I fit into the mostly white neighborhood in which I grew up in. I always thought that natural hair was unprofessional and unattractive - to be pretty one had to have straight hair. But when my hair started to grow thin and limp from years of chemical treatments, I knew I had to make a change. I first tried to find a good natural relaxer as I wasn't ready to give up my straight hair. Six months of research later, I realized "natural relaxers" weren’t the answer. In my hair journey, I did find “natural” products which were less harsh than chemical relaxers, and texturizers which can release the curl pattern to a degree. Ultimately though, in order to get the straight look I was going for, it required going back to chemicals.
So I decided to stop relaxing my hair and see what would happen. This decision brought a degree of freedom - I know longer had to schedule my life around when I would get my next relaxer hair fix. But to say it was easier is a complete lie. Natural hair takes a lot of time, patience, and can still be pretty expensive on account of the natural hair products on the market. But this was the only decision that made sense. Around this time, my sisters were having their own hair crisis’, and we decided to take the plunge together, all three Edwards sisters going natural within a year of one another.
We shared products, tips, frustrations and good hair day victories. As we continue our journey into natural hair, we want to share our experiences and encourage those who are considering taking that step. Our goal is to make weaning off straighteners less scary and overwhelming by sharing with you what we went through. We are not experts, but we have gone through the process and are happy to share what wisdom we have learned for those who are considering a similar path.
Going Natural was the best decision I could have ever made. My hair is thriving in its God-given state, growing tremendously. For the first time in my life, I actually prefer my kinky coils to my hair straightened in a blowout. I am proud to be a Black woman, and I embrace and love my hair just as it is. It is sad that it has taken me this long to feel confident in my own skin, but better late than never.