Tell me about yourself!
Since I changed my hair so much they weren’t too surprise that I went in this direction. The first time I was living in New York and the whole movement of both the big chop and clean shave heads was sweeping the U.S for black women, to show that your hair didn’t define your worth or true beauty. So in NY there were all different styles of natural hair. My family lived over 500 miles away, when they saw me they just asked how did I take care of it. By the second time I did it my mom had started wearing dread locks, aunt and one of my sisters did the big chop. So, I was not alone on my natural hair journey.
My hair is somewhat coarse, thick. I have different textures throughout my head. I have to use a lot of products to get my hair to stretch and/or lay down, also to get some type of curl definition.
I haven't done anything really all that crazy with my hair. But at one point I did go to an African hair braider in my town and have her to do my twist without extensions. She ended up using a ton of gel to twist my hair. My hair at that time wasn’t long as it is now. About time she got finished and I took a look in the mirror, I thought the way it came out it looked like a guy that just got out of penitentiary or a thug. Least to say it took like half a bottle of shampoo to get all that gel out of my hair.
I feel liberated from the constant need of straightening my hair with something that burns and damages my hair. The freedom to scratch my scalp without worrying about the repercussions is exhilarating. It so addictive, relaxing your hair, that even though you know you are basically burning your hair off your scalp you just feel the need that having straight, silky hair make you look more attractive. I’ve come to the realization that to really show people that I truly love what God has blessed me with, then I shouldn’t alter it to what society dictates as beautiful. Therefore you have to re-wire your mind to accept that there’s true beauty in being “naturally” you.