I don’t regret “going natural” 4 years ago. I mainly did so to teach my daughter to love herself as she is.
She’s worn her natural hair all her life. I started “relaxing” since about age 13 for manageability, independent styling (Mom was no longer braiding me as a teen), and to fit in. 20+ years later, I bravely did the big chop.
When I took my daughter to the airport to visit other family members for the summer of ’13, she sternly told me not to cut my hair while she was gone. “You should let it grow back and get long the way it used to be,” she said.
She missed my long straight hair, and honestly, I did too.