Trust me, I understand. There's a lot more riding on your decision to go natural than just a few snips of hair. You may be wondering how your friends, loved ones and colleagues may perceive you. You may be unsure about how you'll look with your kinks and curls or you may not want to switch up your aesthetic. You may not want to give up the "ease" of relaxers as you run a hectic schedule and four-hour wash days are not your thing!
Some naturals feel that wigs take away from the whole purpose of embracing our kinks and coils. After all, we went natural to embrace and celebrate our natural aesthetic.Other naturals feel that wigs are a part of Black culture - my grandma wore wigs all the time and had thick GLORIOUS 4 C curls.
I don't know about you, but my weekday mornings are pretty hectic. I usually wake up at about 6am and leave my house at 7.45am to get to work by 9am. Guuurrlll...! The #adulting struggle is real! Oftentimes, between a light workout, preparing breakfast and getting changed, I barely have time to do my hair in a complicated style.
Now, a few days ago, I sat down on my white leather couch and decided to take time to audit my hair journey in 2016. Yep! It’s always important to take some time to see what’s working and what’s not. Here's what I want to do better in 2017 (and I'd love to set some goals with you!)
Wigs are a fantastic way to maintain the health and length of your hair. That said, long, healthy hair is not simply a matter of throwing on a wig and walking out the door, often times, we do need to prepare and maintain our hair over the course of our protective style. Here’s what I recommend:
Now, if you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I like to keep it real. Let's be honest. Embracing our natural curls is not always fun BUT in the long run, it's fulfilling and worthwhile! I truly hope this journey will just be as exciting for you as it’s been for me. Here are four things you can do now to (continue to) succeed in your natural hair journey:
I’ve learnt that I don’t need to “tidy up” my hair in order to “slay”. My journey is ongoing, but this I know will remain true: my value and self-worth does not depend on whether I wear my curls out or wrap them braids or whether I’m in casual jeans or a formal gown. I am beautiful either way.
Melbourne's weather is very temperamental and moody. One day it’s raining cats and dogs, the next we’re chilling in the 40’s, and the very next we’re baking in the 100’s. The air here is much drier than it was in Massachussetts. So in turn my hair dries out A LOT faster. Picture a fire in the Sahara, now picture my hair. Yes, that's how bad it’s been.
Heck! Heaven knows it's not always easy to nurture our kinks and curls but I’m glad we’ve got each other’s backs. Right? So in this blog post, I’ll touch on the core areas you asked me about on Instagram. I’ve split them into five main topics. Feel free to scroll down to the section that most applies to you. I’ve also added links to blog posts I’ve written before that you might also find helpful.