Well, as I stated previously, I had been eye-balling Sisterlocks (tm). I mean, I would have been able to "have my cake and eat it too" so to speak meaning, chemical-free hair but with locs so thin that I could mimic many relaxed styles. At least that was my thought when I first started. I have to be honest, I *started* locking for a very superficial reason...I wanted my hair to grow very long. But I also liked the idea of the freedom that comes with locs...being able to style them if I wanted to, but not HAVING to do so if I chose not to.
I didn't really decide consciously. I had extension braids put in after a disastrous relaxer broke my long hair off. I left them in until they locked. I liked the look of the locs so I kept them in for a while. It was only when I took them down preparing to relax my hair again that I started delving into the reasons why I felt the need to relax it. And why I was so afraid to wear my hair without the chemical.
I decided to go natural during Cosmetology school. I learned what these chemicals can do to your hair even if you take care of your hair. The main reason I decided to go natural was because I'm a black female and my hair was not meant to be strait for a reason, I believe anything unnatural will have a negative if not immediately, then in the long run. Theirs a lot of things I might have to deal with as I get older. Relaxing hair is like investing in baldness. "A woman's hair is her glory."
I loved the versatility of the twists, but once my hair grew longer it took too long to twist my hair each weekend. I washed my hair once a week so I spent a lot of time twisting. When I had a perm, my hair never really got that straight. I was always trying to keep the "kitchen" from showin'' up. I got tired of running from the rain and bad hair stylists who left perm residue on my scalp.