In July of 2002, after years of chemical damage I decided to shave my head and "go natural". There was no political statement or trend I was trying to imply. I wanted a change. I'd worn short hair for years before I shaved it in 2002, so loosing my hair wasn't a big deal at all. I applaud all of the women who are making the decision to "go natural"; just remember to be patient, take care of it and do research. If your goal is to grow long hair, please do not end up like me; 8 years in and only 2 years worth of length. That's ok, because on my 10 year anniversary in July 2012, my hair will finally be where I want it.