I know it sounds simple but it’s true. Growing up with relaxer I knew water to be the enemy unless I was washing my hair….
It’s raining – “Ah man… I don’t have an umbrella I’m just gonna wait under this shelter and let it die down before I make a sprint to the car.”
Want to go swimming? – “Are you crazy? I have perm in my hair…chlorine and perm don’t mix!”
Want to work out today? – “Nah, the sweat is gonna make my perm come out quicker. Besides do you see my new growth, I don’t need it getting any harder.”
So logically, when I went natural and heard it was good to spray my hair with water I was hesitant. I don’t know why, but it took me a while to accept that water was a good thing for my hair. I had to unlearn what I learned and rewire my thinking to accept it and see the benefit…funny how are minds work eh?
In fact, now that I think about it, the relaxer was like a jacked up rule book; don’t get your hair wet, don’t scratch your head before you perm, don’t go swimming, don’t work out before the perm cuz your hair will sweat and burn your scalp… and the list goes on and on. I digressed. But really, for any of you new naturalista’s coming out of transition know that water is your friend.
Sometimes we need to unlearn what we’ve learned so we can then learn
– lessons from Mark Batterson