Updated: Feb 2
"Several years ago, I had an epiphany and decided to keep my hair natural. It was and still is the best decision I've made for my hair."
A Brief Natural Hair History
Several years ago, I had an epiphany and decided to keep my hair natural. Going natural was and still is the best decision I've made for my hair. I went through the TWA(Teeny Weeny Afro) stage, The Twist out, The braid out, Wash & Go, and of course, The Big Big Fro.
My hair thrived in its natural state and it grew like a wild flower! Seeing my hair transitioned and grow was also a learning experience that I embraced. My hair became a teaching tool for others and I was on a mission to show women how amazing our hair was.
In return, It inspired so many of my friends and family to transition to their own natural hair. I never imagined that something so simple would allow me to appreciate more of what made "us" special.
Rewind back to 4 years ago, we welcomed our 2nd son Adam. It was a very complicated pregnancy which resulted in a very early delivery. After several weeks in the NICU, Adam definitely proved to us that he was a fighter. However, my body (specifically my hair), took a hard hit from the pregnancy. Months after Adam's birth, my hair struggled to recover. Postpartum shedding became a daily part of my world. I was losing clumps of hair during wash days, and the texture of my hair became very dull and brittle. At this point, I decided to cut 6 inches off to reduce the damage. It was becoming more apparent that I no longer had the time to maintain my hair's health. With a new child and juggle a growing household, my hair started to take the backseat. After discussing several options with my husband, we decided to move forward in getting my hair loc'd.
It is Time !( In my full Rafiki voice)
Although my hair slowly regained it's strength, I knew I was ready for a new path and a new journey. I researched for a few months and debated on which loc method would be best for my hair. After stalking Pinterest photos, YouTube, and Instagram, I stumbled across the Sisterlock Method. Sisterlocks would allow me to still have versatility with my hair and still maintain my hairs texture. So, on March 20, 2020 and 30hrs in a chair(Also a few hours before the State of TX declared a COVID shutdown), My Sisterlocks were completed.
Oh My, This Is PERMANENT!
For some strange and crazy reason, I was expecting to come out of that chair with full waist-length locs.
first, I was excited , then nervous, and then excited again. For some strange and crazy reason, I was expecting to come out of that chair with full waist-length locs. That was not the case. My hair was very thin and stringy. I knew this was part of the process ,but I guess my excitement somehow assumed that I will have luxury flowy locs on day one(Please don't expect this). It took a few weeks to truly embrace the new changes to my hair. I had to relearn patience all over again and remind myself to trust the process. These constant and positive affirmations allowed me to remember how beautiful , diverse, and unique our hair could be. I was learning a new method of maintaining my hair and now inspiring others to venture into a new realm of natural hair.
"I am embracing every part of this journey that have made me authentically Be-You-tiful."
I am now 2 years into my journey and I am enjoying every bit of it. I no longer have long wash days, and I can literally shake my hair and go. There are several Pros and Cons( Which I will discuss in another post soon), but the Pros have outweighed the Cons tremendously. I am looking forward to what my hair will do in the next few years. I am embracing every part of this journey that have made me authentically Be-You-tiful.
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