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5 Years Natural a Photo Retrospective


woman with short natural hair

Big chop to first (successful) twistout. You can see the space (left) where there used to be damage from relaxers

18 months after going natural, a woman complemented me on my first ever twist out. I was over the moon all day. You couldn’t tell me nothin! I was ready to rock twist outs every single day, but of course my second try was nowhere near as bomb, and the travails of free hair checked me real quick…

woman with short natural hair showing mixed textues

Discovering I have swaths of multiple textures after a pick out. You can see (right) that everywhere but my crown has little visible curl definition.

She said she was natural, too, underneath, and I asked how long she’d been in the game.

“Three years.”

I thought–wooow!–that’s, like, a really long time. I couldn’t imagine it.

woman with natural hair protective styles braids and flat twists

First flat twist (left) and feeling myself! Legit plaits (top) courtesy of my momma. Getting fancy (bottom) with YouTube tutorials.

Now, here I am. This week I’ll be 5 years natural and wondering where the time has gone.

woman with natural hair updo styles

I. Love. Updos!

As far as the fro, it looks nothing like Naptural85’s hair at five years. Yeah, I said it. I watched that length check video a long time ago and secretly hoped for comparable results. We all do it!

But I ain’t mad. I’m not even disappointed. My fro is awesome and will take its sweet time being so, while I enjoy every hard-earned inch of it.

Amen? Amen!

woman with shoulder length natural hair

Nowadays, you’ll find me in cornrows or stretching my hair in twists after a wash. Take downs for detangling (top left, bottom right)are the only times I can snap a photo or two (or a bazillion) of my free hair

When’s your big chop (or gone natural) anniversary? Do you mark the occasion? Is there cake involved? Let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe.

Author: pursuitofnatural

I'm an illustrator! The Pursuit of Natural started as a blog on the hijinks, lowjinks, and lessons learned from going natural, and it's my home base for all things art, natural hair, and more.

16 thoughts on “5 Years Natural a Photo Retrospective

  1. Your hair is really beautiful. I’m close to 3 years natural from Big chop

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  2. I paused at your flat twists for a long time. They were real good. Did you just leave it that way or you unraveled it afterwards

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  3. Beautiful! 💖I don’t think I’ll ever learn how to do braids and flat twists lol I want to buy a doll head to practice because it’s a struggle on my own head. I’m a little over a year Natural✨


    • Thank you! And congrats on your first year!

      You might be onto something there. Lots of practice is key. Even though I’ve been flat twisting for years, I’ve only learned to do *firmly secured* flat twists in the past year or so. They were always somewhat lax at the roots before. I’ve been recommending Breanna Rutter on Youtube since someone else recommended her to me; she taught me to cornrow. I also have a post on hand coordination tips which might help: http://bit.ly/2xQgUds

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      • Thank you so much, I’ll definitely check her channel out and the post as soon as I get the chance. And hopefully get a head soon to start practicing often on✨


  4. Congratulations on the big anniversary! I’m happy that you’re happy, and may you look back on this milestone (and new ones) with even more progress regarding your hair and life goals.


  5. Mine is Nov 1st and I’ll be two years this nov ^_^ also, i’m highly jealous of your styling ability. My flattwists never look that good like at all


    • Happy early BC anniversary! Haha, there’s a reason I only did the front half of my head in that first photo. Going backwards got me all kinds of confused. And the headband was mostly to keep the ends from unravelling, because I didn’t have any bobby pins. 😆 There was definitely a learning curve.


  6. big chop anniversary is November 1st. there was no celebration just a little personal rejoicing as I realised everyday it wasn’t a mistake. Like in your new growth series, I feel cutting my hair and caring for it has meant I care for me more too!

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