by Tyra of Indige­nous Curls

tyra indigenous curls grandma

Hope I Look this Good at 70!

Almost 3 Years ago, my grand­moth­er, Jen, unin­ten­tion­al­ly went nat­ur­al. For years, she would sit at the edge of her bed with grease, a wide tooth comb and mag­net­ic rollers. She would roll her relaxed, gin­ger-col­ored hair in per­fect­ly uni­formed sec­tions and place a silk scarf over her head. In the morn­ing, she would unroll her hair and shape her cropped cut. This night­ly rit­u­al and her short crop were her sta­ples as she con­quered the real estate indus­try.

Today, she is retired, liv­ing a holis­tic life, using herbal reme­dies and an exer­cise reg­i­men to stay fit. Since she spends most of her days doing com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice and thrift­ing, she has lit­tle time to deal with the rig­ors of at home hair care. She began wear­ing a series of pro­tec­tive braid­ed and weaved styles. She stopped get­ting relax­ers and start­ed tak­ing mul­ti­vi­t­a­mins for hair and nails.

At 67 she began tran­si­tion­ing, trim­ming off a lit­tle bit of relaxed hair each time she changed pro­tec­tive styles. She was skep­ti­cal of how nat­ur­al hair would look on her. How­ev­er, today, she is 100% sold! She says, “Mak­ing a few changes to your lifestyle can make a big dif­fer­ence.” After spend­ing near­ly 3 years in pro­tec­tive styles and car­ing for her hair in-between each style, Jen was final­ly able to take a good look at her hair for the first time last week!

jen natural grandma

She only co-wash­es, and uses aloe juice to mois­tur­ize her hair under­neath her pro­tec­tive styles. She uses pro­tein-based deep con­di­tion­ers in between styles. She also avoids heat and drinks plen­ty of water dai­ly.

Jen’s First Twistout!!!

jen natural grandma twistout

As my grandmother’s 70th birth­day approach­es, she can’t believe how long, thick and healthy her hair has grown.

I am excit­ed about this jour­ney I stum­bled upon, and I look for­ward to what­ev­er it brings”.


Jen is my Boo, and Nana/grandma, Say Hi!


Tyra is a trained cos­me­tol­o­gist, curly hair enthu­si­ast, recruiter, and writer. She big chopped over 3 years ago, & doc­u­ments her hair jour­ney, while giv­ing 4c hair care tips on her blog Indige­nous Curls.  You can fol­low her on Face­book at

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69 Comments on "True Life: My Grandmother Went Natural at Age 67 After a Lifetime of Relaxers"

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Aww. How cool.

Miss Elisa K.

AMEN SISTER!!!! So much wis­dom in those strands.

Jeannette (Tyra's Nan)
Jeannette (Tyra's Nan)

Txs, Miss E.……you are soooo right!