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Assignment #10 – Chapter 1: Deciding to go Natural

 

Website progress – I love the visual design of my website, so I won’t continue to customize my website.  I added a new blog post to my website.  I will not re-publish posts from CT101, but I will use the technique shared in class. For my personal website, I will create new content on my website.  
The process of getting a relaxer as a child.

Dear classmates

I just published a new blog post here on my website: http://kikisnaturalhairjourney.com/uncategorized/chapter-1-deciding-to-go-natural/ please come and check it out and feel free to engage in some fun dialog. 

 

Chapter 1: Deciding to go Natural

 

“Just For Me” children relaxer

Growing up my mother always relaxed my hair so it can be more manageable, so I didn’t know how my natural hair texture would look. Although my hair was chemically altered it was still long and thick, but it had the potential to be healthier. Natural hair is so hard to manage, especially when it’s thick, long, and curly.   

At the age of 12, my hair was no longer long and thick, it started to get short and thin due to overprocessing my hair and not properly taking care of my hair. I would constantly flat iron and relax my hair resulting in damaged unhealthy hair strands.  I realized that my hair wasn’t growing, so I stopped overprocessing my hair. I started to wear braids and protective styles. My hair still didn’t grow as much because of the years of damage.

Natural Hair GIF by GIPHY Studios Originals
The big chop, the removal of relaxed ends.
I was desperate for my hair to grow, so I started to educate myself about natural hair care. I realized that I needed a fresh start in order for my hair to grow. There were two routes I could take, which were transitioning or the big chop. The transitioning process is when you’re not ready to cut all your relaxed ends. So, you let your hair grow out and then you cut the damaged ends on a scheduled basis. The big chop is cutting off all your hair. I started transitioning at first because I didn’t want to be bald. My hair became so unmanageable and tangled so I to did the big chop. July 2016 is the day I decided to go completely natural, there was no turning back when I cut off my hair, I was left with a tiny little afro.   
Website progress – I love the visual design of my website, so I won’t continue to customize my website.  I added a new blog post to my website.  I will not re-publish posts from CT101, but I will use the technique shared in class. For my personal website, I will create new content on my website.  

 

5 thoughts on “Assignment #10 – Chapter 1: Deciding to go Natural”

  1. Great work here on this post!
    This is a great example of building engagement here on ct101 to bring our readers over to your personal website where the content has been originally published.

    I do believe there is more customizing to be done on our personal websites. Clarity of content for visitors to the website is crucial, we will be talking about visual accessibility more in our class. Remember, we are not only designing the website for our own personal interests, but for the potential thousands of other people who may come and visit the site. Our goal is to make our content easy to see, read and navigate – and also keep them engaged – Ill be sharing more examples and techniques in the next few weeks.
    Thank you for the hard work! 🙂

  2. Hey Kiara, I love the visualization of your website! And I can totally relate to your tension about hair care. I love long hair. Last year on July I cut my long hair really short up to my shoulder. I was having hair fall, mostly because I used a totally wrong shampoo. Have you ever used any vegan shampoos? Not recommended. 🙁 Anyway, then I regretted it right away. I can sense from your writing that you had to be so patient with your hair. Me too! I never really took care of my hair before cutting it short last year. After that I became desperate to get my long hair back. I started doing research and bought several different hair oils. I have always had natural hair (never processed my hair except coloring). I used those oils along with some other home remedies. I had to be so patient but I was restless at the same time! Anyway, now after more than a year has passed, I have got the length back thankfully. I still take care of my hair though, in fact love taking care of it. Thank you for your post and great work on the site!!!

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