It has finally been 1 WHOLE YEAR! I'm am so excited and proud of my self for remaining natural for this long. Being myself and remaining natural is now a life long goal. I know now that I will be natural for my entire life! I love it too much to ever go back to chemicals or the standards of European or non-black beauty...I can now say with honesty, for the first time in my life, that I LOVE MY HAIR!