Charrise of Thoughts of a Sweetheart writes:

Hello lovlies!

I’ve been “Natch” for a year now! (Yay Me!) In this year’s time, I have learned so much about myself and what I means to truly be myself. When I stripped myself of the “creamy crack”, I stripped myself of the desire to be something or someone who I am not. I stripped myself of artificial confidence. I stripped myself of waiting 6 hours in the salon to get my hair did! lol

But seriously, going natural taught me to look at myself without the rose colored lenses of a relaxer. I see me for once and not my straight, perm box tresses. So many times, we as women define our beauty by the grade or look of our hair. In all and total actuality, we are so much more than that! (All that and a bag of CHIPS with DIP on the side!)

At first, I didn’t think I could handle this “Natural Thing”. I didn’t feel pretty. And as bad as this sounds, I felt like I was doing something wrong because I wasn’t get any compliments on my hair! Hmph! lol But I realized that I didn’t go natural for anyone else but myself. And myself is who likes my hair how it is. I compliment MYSELF every day and I’m not concerned w/ the day by day people that I interact with. Did I mention that I work in a corporate environment?! (Different story, another time C-;)

I say all of this to recount to you all that because of going natural I have a greater self love and an better appreciation for other beautiful women. My confidence is genuine and I always walk with my head high because I am proud of who I am.

And you can take THAT to the to the PERM BANK!