Monday, April 21, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Natural Is Cool Enough N.I.C.E. T-Shirt Winner: Congratulations Kawanda Foster!

Natural Is Cool Enough is pleased to announce the winner of the N.I.C.E., 2014,  t-shirt Giveaway.  Below is her wonderful entry.  Congratulations Kwanda for your wonderful Natural Hair Story and all of your amazing accomplishments!  It is fantastic to know that although your journey has had its ups and down, it has not changed your decision to embrace your natural coils, knowing that Natural IS Cool Enough!  Enjoy your t-shirt, which will be sent to you soon...You make Naturalistas feel proud!

Kawanda Foster:  Natural Is Cool Enough T-shirt Winner 2014 Looking Fabulously Natural!

Kawanda's Natural Hair Story:

Hello N.I.C.E Community,

My natural hair journey began as I was finishing up my bachelor's degree. I had always been a strong believer in relaxers but slowing started watching close friends around me give them up one by one. This really intrigued me and thus the natural seed was planted. I really loved seeing the freedom and versatility my newly natural friends had. And I myself had been experiencing a lot of breakage at that time, with my relaxed hair, so I was looking for a change. After I decided to enroll in a public health master's program, I decided that I really wanted to become a healthier person inside and out. I knew that relaxing was not healthy due to the chemicals and decided to give them up. For such a seemingly huge decision, it was very organic for me. I literally woke up one morning after graduating from my undergraduate institution and decided that I would not relax my hair any longer and that was it. Rather than doing the 'big chop" I decided to transition. I transitioned for about 15 months. During those 15 months, I had great hair days, good hair days, and rough hair days. Some days I felt really sad about my hair because I could't wear it down and I always wore my relaxed hair down. So wearing my hair up all the time due to the different textures really made me feel like a different person. I eventually began watching natural hair videos on YouTube and that helped a lot. I received a lot of great tips and advice on transitioning from the natural hair community on YouTube. But after 15 months I had enough. My initial plan was to transition for 24 months but I could not take it any longer. I wanted to be free of my relaxed hair for once and for all. So I went to a natural hairdresser near me and cut my hair. It was awesome and weird at the same time, also a little shocking. To give myself some time to get over the shock, I got twists put into my hair and wore them for a few weeks. I had planned on wearing them for a few months but I've never really enjoyed weaves so I promptly removed those as well. Since debuting my natural locks I have received so many compliments and so much support from close family and friends as well as strangers. It has been almost two years since I cut my hair and almost three years since my last relaxer. However, I'm still on a journey to learn how to take care of my hair and style it. I have my good days and my bad days, but I am so glad I decided to go natural. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can honestly say that I will never get a relaxer again.

Posted by Kawanda F to NATURAL IS COOL ENOUGH....N.I.C.E. at April 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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