Ive touched on this topic before in 5 Things to Consider Before You Decide To Do the BIG CHOP!. But I see alot of people who comment on my Instagram page and lots of others about how they cant wait until their hair gets to a certain length. Its great to be inspired and aspire because that is what this blog is all about. But to be honest, having natural hair and maintaining it is a lot of work. And if you’re a natural then you know this is true!
I dont know about everyone else but Im enjoying every bit of my texture and every bit of each stage. I have found the perfect oil to keep it moisturized during the day and I have FINALLY mastered the art of PROPER detangling. I love trying out new products to see what works for me and experimenting with new ways to style my TWA. I CAN wait to reach that lengthy stage because in all actuality I feel as if Ill be learning my hair all over again. And its taken me almost a year to perfect this stage. LOL
Im saying all this to say-Embrace YOUR Textured Journey. Learn what works for you hair and perfect a regimen thas good for you.
Not one but three fearlessly natural beauties are gracing the May covers of Essence magazine! Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange Knowles- all of who are amazing artists- are honored with three separate covers that hit the newstands on April 1st! Not only are the covers stunning but they capture each artist rocking their natural hair. These are for sure collector’s issues!
Below are the behind the scenes action for each of the ladies:
Do yall remember this past summer when Beyonce revealed her short pixie cut to the public? The cut was totally different from the long free-flowing locks we’ve always saw her rock. And I admit, I loved the new look on her!
Beyonce’s Pixie Cut
Fast forward to 5 days later, that exact cut is what I envisioned my hair to look like as I sat down in the chair to endure the first snip. Now you may be thinking, “What?” or “How/” or “Who lied to you!?” …. Truth is I told myself I would get a cute little pixie cut and rock that all free and natural and I would have little wisps of hair blowing when I walked! NOT! I had a bunch of kinky, curly fuzzy hair all over the top of my head and I couldn’t help but think, “What the FCUK did I do!?” In my previous post, “I Am Not My Hair”, I explained that it took me a few days to be fully comfortable with my newly found freedom. But to be honest, the real is way better than your expectations!
Now, I’m not one to try to convert you back to natural or persuade anyone into anything. This post is completely about MY journey and what is working for me. The freedom that comes along with rocking your natural hair is liberating, empowering and as my co-worker puts it “Its my middle finger to the man!” LOL! Natural hair is so versatile and to be honest at this point in my life, it’s as low maintenance as it comes. Perhaps I will not be saying this once I retain a bit more length but as for now, I’m rocking with it!
The moral is: Sometimes reality can exceed your expectations. Take risks.
I overanalyze, overthink and stress over the smallest things- Im human! Add being a single mother, working a full time job plus various side projects and running a household- Im downright insane. Could even be diagnosed at this point!
Im a nurturer by nature. I want everyone to get along, be at peace and in general just be okay! I have to admit that I have neglected myself over the past few years and have slowly been digging this hole of confusion and self-pity.
You know the cliche; New year, New Me. But this year Im just trying to get back to the old me. And I will do so by any means- Starting with my writing. Its always been a passion and a release for me and I have strayed far away from it and I need it back!
Needless to say Im excited about the 2014! And I would love to hear some of your thoughts. How will you get back to the old you or continue on the path to becoming the you – you want to be?