God is good! Some of you may already know, but for those that don’t I have the awesome opportunity to be the blogger/hair model for Lenise Robinson of Canvas the Salon’s Twist & Talk: Fall Edition. Being granted this opportunity makes me reflect on my natural hair journey. I remember it just like it was yesterday. November 2009 was when I received my last relaxer and July 31, 2010 is when I big chopped. Initially I planned to transition for a whole year but I became so frustrated with the knots and tangles of the two textures that I walked into the salon and said “cut it off!” I felt so free after my big chop. To be honest I felt like a rebel! Lol My friends were very supportive (2 were natural at the time) but my family was completely against it. This is probably what made me decide to transition for a year oppose to just chopping it all off. I guess I wanted to slowly introduce them to the new me. And I say the new me because the big chop was a symbol of not only my frustration but my decision to stop worrying about what others say or think of me and do what I wanted. Anyhow, I like many others watched Youtube videos on natural hair and as I continued to watch them daily I began to build enough courage to follow through with something I had wanted to do for years.
In fact, when I was a sophomore in college (circa 2006/2007; Black History and Sociology double major) I wrote a research paper and presented on the evolution of African-American hair. I interviewed natural hair and relaxed hair African American students on campus about their hair journey. It was so fascinating to hear the different hair journeys but shared relaxed hair experiences. Majority of us could recall thinning hair, burning scalps, and numerous sores from getting our hair relaxed and yet we continued to do it. Crazy, right?! Well, I had my last relaxer the Thanksgiving after I graduated from college. Yup, fear kept me from doing what I wanted to do for 4 years.
So, July 31, 2010 was when I finally decided to embrace my kinks and curls and take better care of my hair. In the 5 years of embracing my natural hair, my go to hairstyle is a twist out or puff. I have flat ironed my hair on 3 occasions. I don’t do it often because I’m not a big fan of heat and I really love the big curly hair look. I have dibbled and dabbled in a few protective styles such as Havana twist, box braids, twist up do’s, and Marley twist. Protective styles are my go to when I know I have crazy busy weeks ahead and need something low maintenance. Sometimes on 3+ day old twist outs I will do some twist and tuck styles. Love…love…LOVE twist and tuck styles. This is my go to when my twist out is a little less defined and frizzy.
After 5 years of embracing my natural hair, I can say that I’m still learning. I’m still inspired by the numerous natural hair vloggers and bloggers. I’m also thankful for this new journey of sharing my natural hair experiences; as well as, the journey of overcoming fear.
Check out the article 5 steps to living fearlessly
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