I’m going to start a category specifically for women who are natural and/or going natural. I’m kicking chemicals to the curb. I have never liked my hair since I started getting relaxers years ago when I was in college. Prior to that, my mother would straighten my hair with a hot comb or I would keep it in braids.

I have NO IDEA what my natural hair looks like and won’t know until it grows out. My hair stylist specializes in natural hair and is very happy that I have decided to stop using the creamy crack (relaxers).

So be sure to visit the new category to keep up with natural hair styles, etc. (for those of you who are going natural).


  1. Thanks for starting the new category Lynn. Two strand twists are my new best friends, as I’ve also decided to make the transition. It’s nice to have a support structure.

  2. I’d like to get a roll call of Hicktowners and lurkers who visit often—-who are joining us in kicking the creamy crack (relaxers) to the curb.

    Strength in numbers. I had no idea what black women were hiding underneath those ugly perms. We’ve been hiding jewels of beautiful hair. We simply need to learn how to work with it!

  3. I’ve not permed in a little over a year. Love my twists, good category Lynn.

  4. This is great! I was natural for about 18 month, got desperate and relasped. so I’m on my second go round for chemical free hair. I’m all in!

    Ive attached a video of a young lady i have followed for awhile. I just love her explanations, inexpensive recommendations and her hair is gorgeous. Of course, you have to do whats best for your hair.


  5. I love my hair. 6 years no perm.

  6. I have been natural for 4 years. I am loving the journey!!

  7. Welcome to Hicktown, Carla. And THANKS for checking in with us! I bet your hair is glorious.

  8. Good luck on your natural hair journey. I’ve been natural for about 2 years now. This is my 3rd time going natural. I still have my days when I’m tempted to get a box of “creamy crack”. Then I remember how much money it takes to make relaxed hair look good. I did try a lot of the tricks and products that I saw on YouTube, but they did not work for me. I’m not very good at doing some of the styles I saw or I did not feel that looked good on me for long. So I decided to go back to how my mother took care of my hair before I begged for a perm she did not think I should get. My hair was long then. I just use shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, hair grease and rollers. I rarely use heat. I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my hair lately by using simple products. The key is to lock in the moisture, especially as you grow out the perm. The first year I did use braids while my perm was growing out due to breakage.

    Good luck.

  9. Ive been natural for 12yrs now and I LOVE it! It can be time consumming but its worth it. My hair is strong and healthy and looks beautiful. When I wear it out, I get compliments all day long. I did perm for about 7yrs (part of high school and college). In graduate school was when I decided to go back to my natural hair and I have not regreted it.
    Trust me ladies, you will fall in love with your natural hair, just give it the time and attention it needs and treat it very gently and you will have strong, healthy natural hair!

  10. Lynn,

    I’ve been natural for over (1) year and love it!

  11. I’m pleasantly surprised at the number of Hicktowners who are natural. I’m late to the game!

  12. I went natural (loc’s) in September 2010…meaning I stopped wearing sewn in weaves. I stopped putting permanents in my hair in 2005. My hair is healthy and has grown longer than it has ever been in my life. It is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I never really had to “transition”…I cut out the perm and wore my hair as a short afro until it got some length where I could braid it. When I stopped with the weave, I just twisted my hair until it loc’d and have never looked back. The chemicals were devastating to my natural hair and my scalp. I urge all women to consider going natural. God don’t make no mistakes!

  13. Where have you been, Val? I actively miss you!

    You ladies need to email me at Hicktownpress@gmail.com. I rarely use my Hicktown Facebook page but am **starting** to use my personal page.

    Email me and I’ll send you my personal Facebook page so we can keep in touch, discuss our natural hair journey, etc.


  14. I also forgot to mention that I do not put heat on my hair at all. No blow drying or hot combs…
    I used to in the begining every now and again but its been about 6years since heat in any form except from my head/body, warm water and the sun have touched my scalp or hair.

  15. I’ve been natural for two years after experiencing horrors with chemicals–my hair just couldn’t take it. I’ve cheated and worn weaves in the Winter, but I wear afros/afro kinkys. It’s time consuming, and really seeing and observing the hair you’d tried to change over the years is a bit like watching National Geographic–but it’s an adventure that’s totally worth it. Our hair rocks! And by the way, it does get you a lot of compliments :).