Just thinking back on my transitioning hair process & the countless months that I spent trying to find the perfect hair product for my 4c texture, I must say that I feel almost 100% pleased with the outcome.
To be honest, 2017, from my hair’s perspective, was some what difficult, yet rewarding at the same time. I remember being a “newbie” in the Fall of 2014, with not the slightest ounce of wisdom about natural hair. I just saw it as something that all the Melanin women at my university were doing, so I just hopped on the natural train, so to speak.
I had crochet braids in my hair a little over a month before I began classes at Ole Miss, & I thought I was poppin’ for real, because protective styles was what I was so use to seeing in my home town. I must say that when those braids came down, I was thrilled, but nervous. I saw so many of the ladies with natural hair, so I wanted that, & I got that!
Fast forward to the year 2017, yes, my hair has grown in more ways than one. As a matter of fact, I’m the only person that I know who literally has 3 different hair textures in her hair. I’M FORREAL! It’s terrible to work with at times, but ever since I got my silk press for graduation back in May, I’ve noticed that there’s been a slight texture change in my hair. It’s longer & I can run my fingers through my hair easier than I use to. Even my “kitchen in the back,” seems more smooth and silky. Strange, huh? I actually look forward to my wash days, where as earlier in 2017, before I graduated in May, I LOATHED THOSE DAYS ever so much! Those days were hell, but now that I’ve worked up a faster & easier hair care routine, those wash days are Heaven sent.
In 2018, I want to practice not being lazy with my hair; caring for it more. At night, instead of just placing a black silk bonnet on my head at night, I’d like to actually begin to retwist it. It may work or it may not, but I’m so willing to try. Hopefully, I’ll find more hair products to work that are hopefully not as expensive as what I’ve been using. I want my hair to be longer, thicker and fuller. By the grace of God, that’ll all happen in 2018.
Lastly, this year, I’d like to practice not reacting while I’m getting judged when I’m approached. For example: “Oh, you need to perm that mess!” Yes, someone actually said that me, an individual with African features at that.
I hope that for any and everyone who happens to be natural, that you all will continue to embrace your natural hair. God gave us this hair type for a reason, & we shouldn’t feel embarrassed or lesser than simply because we chose to embrace our African roots. So, I want to challenge all the natural, African Queens on here, in 2018, learn to embrace your natural hair more. Be more comfortable with your hair texture. Just because others may not understand our natural hair, doesn’t by any means mean that we should feel ashamed with what was given to us at birth.
Natural hair, or at least I noticed, that natural hair began to pick up in 2009, & in 2012 is when I realized that it was taking the cosmetology world by storm. Embrace your natural curls, locks or etc. Embrace those features, because if you don’t accept & embrace your uniqueness, no one else will!
Be blessed my beautiful naturalistas! 🙂