Natural Hair Inspiration with Ivy E. From South Florida


Have you recently big chopped?

Are you a natural hair enthusiast?

Currently transitioning?

Are you in the awkward in between natural stage?

Whatever your situation , check out this inspirational story of natural hair journey.


Good to have your here.

This is a story of my blogger friend which seems to inspire me every day and I love sharing what inspires me so you could also be inspired.


Ivy E. is a college student at Bethune-Cookman University. Her goal is to provide a platform for young black women and educate people about black hair. She loves her natural hair because it makes her stand out and matches her personality.
Ivy is from South Florida and blogs via

I have always gotten relaxers since the age of 5. I knew nothing about natural hair, all I knew is that without a relaxer I didn’t feel pretty.

At the age of 8, I lost my hearing in both ears. However, I was told that I was a good candidate for a cochlear implant. So at the age of 9 I received my cochlear implant on my right ear.

Part of the surgery process to install the magnet and cords inside your ear is that they have to shave that area.
So once again my self-esteem wasn’t exactly the highest. My hair did grow back but I realized that when it came time for a relaxer the outside magnet had a hard time connecting with the inside. This was my only reason why I wouldn’t go natural.

However, in 2013 I began to see all this gorgeous natural hair on my Facebook page. Their hair looked so amazing and stunning! I was going through a period where I wanted to do something different with my and I was over relaxers. I recently just grew my hair out from cutting it short.

In my family, hair is considered a big deal. When I sat down and discussed it with my mom, she made a deal with me. If my grandfather (Paw Paw) said yes then I can do it. Now only my Paw Paw said yes so did my grandmother who I also natural!

On my 20th birthday, I received my last and final relaxer.

I was through with the way my hair looked and I wanted to try something new. So I transitioned for about five months and then I big chopped on November 28, 2013.

For some reason my hair was ready before I was, she  matted where the new growth and the relaxed ends met.And I loved my new look! My short hair was so cute and spunky!

But I will admit, I didn’t think I would make it through the beginning stages. My hair was growing but my scalp was going through major rehab! I would wake up in the middle of the night because my scalp was on fire. I mean it was hot when I would touch it and I was constantly spraying water on my scalp trying to get it to calm down. It was so use to receiving a relaxer that it craved it.

As time went on my scalp finally got with the program which made things easier. However, as she grew I became frustrated. My hair was long but still too short to do anything with it. I didn’t have support because some believed that this was “a phase”. And I felt ugly because my hair texture isn’t considered “pretty”.

Thanks for passing by?

Joy Unyimeh Bush (Jaybushkinky)




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.