Do you know what today is? It’s my natur-versary!!
*cue that TonyToniTone! song*
A year ago today, I said good-bye to relaxers and hello curly freedom! I sheared my strands so I could start over and adopt a healthier lifestyle and outlook. When you do something for a long time, it is difficult to remember why you started doing it in the first place.After having straight hair for so long, I forgot how much I loved my curls. I started off as a natural, so I thought it would be easy to start over because I had been natural before:
My T.W.A. soon became irritating to deal with, and I refrained from posting length checks, since all I could see was skrinkage and defiance growing from my scalp:
This journey is not for the faint of heart, but it’s worth the things you learn about yourself in the process. For my new girls just beginning this journey and my veterans that are returning:
- Trust your gut. There are tons of products out there and being a product junkie isn’t the worst thing you can be. However, it pays to know when to walk away from a new hype or trend if it simply doesn’t work for you.
- Do your body right. It is easy to get hopes up and all infatuated with the latest pill or cream for hair growth/strength/length/shine, but your body needs the building blocks to help put those products to work. Water, a decent diet, exercise and adequate sleep can make or break your healthy hair journey.
- Have patience. I’ll be honest, I was under the impression my hair would grow faster than it did and I would have more length to check. In reality, my hair didn’t really start taking off in growth until I started protective styling like cornrows and Senegalese twists. While there are plenty of women who inspire hair envy from time to time, appreciate the space you’re in at this moment with your curls. I promise you love them all the more!