I have actually attempted to go natural twice before. The first time was when I was 16, after graduating from high school. The second time was when I was 19 years old. Neither time did I take the journey to natural hair BLISS as seriously as this third time! My last perm was in April 2008 and I BC'd [did the "big chop"] in September of 2008 and wore my hair in a mohawk for about a year. I decided to go natural because I was tired of living my life around my hair. I just went swimming for the first time in years because when I had a perm, I didn't want to mess up my hair. When I looked back at my childhood pictures when I was permed, I saw my kinky curly hair healthy, full and all the way down my back. I said to myself, "THAT is me! This perm is NOT!" I am putting my foot down and embracing Maiya as God created her!