I’m Dacia & I’m 19. It’s funny because I hated my hair up until the last 6 months or so. I’ve always had long, nappy, curly hair. I mostly grew up with my mom who is white who tried her best but could only do so much. My hair was always slicked back in a bun or ponytail and I just didn’t know how to take care of it. In 7th grade I first relaxed my hair. My dad did it. He had never relaxed hair before. He just read the instructions on the box and ended up burning my scalp. He also gave me layers which was a terrible idea. In 8th grade I started getting my keratin which was supposedly a lot better on the hair. I had keratin all the way up until last year. My hair never really grew past my shoulders. I really tried to grow it out and retain length but I would always have to cut it because my ends were so damaged. I was getting keratin once every three months. Right before I went to college I went blonde. That completely fried my hair. Finally this past summer I was like it's time for a change. Living with Cris, my housemate who has curly hair (& has also done a hair story!), I realized we basically have the same hair and I'm paying so much money to suppress that. So right after school ended I cut it all off and went natural. For a while, I thought I wanted to grow it out. I tried really hard like with masks and deep conditioners and oils. I got braids twice. But after I took braids out the second time I had a huge fro and I liked it but I realized that I didn’t think that’s what I actually wanted. So, from there I cut it really short and buzzed it on the sides. I just love the look that I have now - sleek, long on the top short on the sides. I’ve been pushing the boundaries of how much I can shave off. Before it was just one little side, then both sides, then around the back and last time I just got it cut I had a tape and designs on the side, which I really liked. My favorite part is doing my edges and creating patterns with my hair. That's where I am now. I'd like to grow out a little longer on the top but I love the short look, love the shaved sides. My whole thing is like “How far can I push my personal image?” I’m obsessed with radically transforming the way I look.