Going natural placed me outside of the status quo and with that came attention. I went natural for the first time in 2010 during the summer. I literally just up and decided I was tired of being curious about what my hair would look like if I wasn't constantly altering its texture. I kept catching glimpses of my cute little curls in between perms so, eventually, I gave in. Since I am not big on slow changes (I'm more of a "let's do it now" type chick), I decided to do the big chop and get it over with.
I feel like I showed myself so much with that one simple decision because I proved that I was bold enough to do something that was completely left field according to most people.
I showed myself that I didn't need to fit in and that I was actually quite comfortable with standing out. I actually loved it.
With this new found sense of freedom, I learned I was capable of being bold in a way I had never imagined before. This boldness translated into entrepreneurship. Now 4 years later, I can look back and be proud of the businesses I’ve started, the plans I’ve cultivated, and the followers I acquired.
Who would’ve thought that simply cutting my hair would open me up to so much possibility and unleash so much potential?
I can honestly say that the greatest lesson I learned from going natural would have to be how to be bold.
I learned how to boldly stand whether the stares were filled with love or scrutiny.
I learned how to boldly embrace my unique version of beauty regardless of what the industry’s standard say beauty should be.
I learned how to boldly be me. Being me, means I have the power to recreate myself, fluidly change, and just literally do as I please. That has to be the greatest part about being natural, I am free to be me and I love it more and more every day.
Going natural created an entirely new world for so many women and I am more than proud to say that I am a member of this beautiful (constantly growing) community. I made friends that I would have never made were it not for the simple fact that we were both natural. I have made business connections that stem directly from my choice to embrace my curls. Most importantly, I have learned the beauty of being placed in a position to inspire other women to attain the same sense of self I have acquired.