February 12, 2013

Clogs, Curls And The Cost Of Love

Thoughts From The Husband Of A Natural

As I admired the speed of the water running down the drain while showering this morning, the Staples ad slogan quickly came to my mind… “that was easy!” I usually unclog the shower drain a few times a year and if you have ever done it you know that the process is quite fool proof. Pour half the bottle slowly down the drain, wait 15 minutes then flush with hot water. If you are wondering why an unclogged drain brought joy to my morning, it’s because I’m the husband of a natural – a curly girl. If you’re the husband to one too, or a natural yourself, you understand exactly where I am coming from.

To many, a clogged drain can be quite frustrating, but a drain clogged because of shedding dead hair is all a part of the process to a natural… and to anyone else who is automatically along for the ride. Well I am one of those people, and rather than be angry at the fact that I am subject to finding hair… well… everywhere. I choose to look at the other side of the comb, at all the great things that I get out of it.
  1. My wife feels great about herself. Ever since she stopped perming her hair and cut off her straightened ends (into a cute little afro I might add), and began the natural hair journey, she really has never felt better about her hair and herself. That makes me feel great. I love watching her try different styles and looks, products and techniques. The new sense of confidence is a great reward.
  2. If she feels good, then she looks even better, and when she looks better that means she gets a lot of compliments on how great her hair looks. And of course when she looks good, I look good lol. There probably is never a day when we are out that someone doesn’t say to her “your hair looks great!”, and that makes me smile to know that someone else notices the time and consideration she puts into maintaining her natural hair.
  3. We have one daughter and another one on the way, so I am hoping that getting all the inside scoop on amazing natural hair products and all the hours of watching my wife do her hair, along with helping to blow dry occasionally should pay off sooner rather than later. I hope I’m paying close enough attention. :-s
  4. Drano is cheap. For less than $10 and 5 mins, I can quickly solve the problem of shampoo suds building up at my feet with no place to go.
So, I’ll leave you with this… They say happy wife, happy life but I say, “Curly wife, happy life”. And if a couple bottles of Drano a year, vacuuming up a little more often and learning all about natural hair care are the only costs… I’m great with that!

- @AndrewCJames

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