It's been quite a number of years since I've worn my hair completely natural, probably about 4 or 5 years now. However I remember just prior to going natural that each time I was getting relaxers, I started getting this conviction and ill feeling about altering the state of my hair that God gave me. This was not due to any external pressure as 4 or 5 years ago in my location there were not a lot of people talking about or going natural so I was not being "brain washed" by any external influences. So this inner guilt kept getting stronger and stronger until one day after taking braids out of my relaxed hair I had it cut off to the new growth length. That is how I started to embrace the hair God gave me.
I wear it out in what I describe as a poof with a scarf wrapped around most of the time. To be totally honest, I am proud of my hair and who I am. BUT, I am really considering perming again. I don't know when but I know soon. I am ready for another change and can always start all over again with natural hair when I'm ready.