True Life: My Grandmother Went Natural at Age 67 After a Lifetime of Relaxers

by Tyra of Indigenous Curls

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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!

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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 thoughts on “True Life: My Grandmother Went Natural at Age 67 After a Lifetime of Relaxers

  1. Hi Crystal C. I am a natural redhead. Yes, there are a great many of us black people with natural red hair, male & female. As you mentioned, the color “ginger” may be dyed by some but I’ve always identified my hair color as “auburn” (reddish brown). Many older woman are so accustomed to using hair rollers nitely and simply never transitioned to newer methods, styles & conveniences. Point is, “whatever makes one happy & content”. I’m sure your grandmother would love to do her hair with less work, but the fact that she is so accustomed to doing it the way she does, is “her thing”. Now, if you want to help make & keep her beautiful by helping her groom her locks daily (morning – bedtime and getting groomed mornings, I’m sure she would love you that much more, but we all know, that just is not going to happen….so keep on loving your grandmother for her good looks and all that she does to stay beautiful. Again, nothing’s really wrong with old-fashioned ways & means if one is comfortable with it. New things are for those who can handle it..Stay beautiful!!!!

  2. Congratulations to Ms. Jen and her continual natural hair journey! It goes to show us that age shouldn’t be a factor! Just do it! Thanks for sharing!

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