Heeeyyy Guys & Dolls!
I'm baaaccckkkk! I hope you guys have been doing well. I have decided to do a three part series on Natural Hair. This first post will be about my personal transition to returning to my natural hair. I always say returning natural as opposed to going natural because your natural hair is where it all began. The other two parts will be centered on natural hair product recipes and then the last one will be about small business that produce natural hair products with natural ingredients!
Okay, so let's get started!
Bina Goes Au Naturale (posted on The Life and Times of B. Ayesha July 14,2012) (here)
The definition of au naturale is in the natural state; naked; nude. Let me just say that after 5 months of wearing weaves and wigs and braids, I felt naked! I had been transitioning from relaxed to natural since my 33rd birthday (January 25, 2012). I decided to weave it up so that the relaxer would grow out and I wouldn't be so quick to relax the new growth or just chop it off abruptly. On July 14, 2012 I went and got the BIG CHOP. One reason was because my hair was just sooooo unmanageable and the relaxed part was starting to break off from the new growth. It turned out well thanks to my beautiful stylist Melissa, who is also a natural hair diva. After the process was complete, I decided to go to the beauty supply. Why did I feel self conscious? Like I was outside naked?!?! I could not believe how naked I felt without the weave or the braids or the wig. Did I really become that dependent on relaxed hair, weave, etc. that going out with the hair that grows naturally from my hair follicles made me feel less confident? Did my face change? No. Did I become less beautiful? No. So why did I feel like I was? As mind boggling as it seems, I realized that I had become dependent on these alterations as if I would be any less beautiful if they became non existent. So I tip my hat to all the natural hair divas. All the women who have decided to cut it all off and be more than just their hair. It takes a lot of confidence. Love you all!
Here are pictures of my transition:
Before the Big Chop
One Year Later
Now I cut my hair a lot because I don't like a lot of hair. I have really thick course hair. It's type 4 hair but it's mixed with different types of 4 so I don't really pick a letter when hair typing. Here's a hair typing chart in case you're clueless about what hair types are or what they mean.
I got this chart from Kinky Coily Me (here)
In the second part of this series I'll go deeper into my hair care regimen, the products I use and the like. At the end of the day, it's your choice what you decide to do with your hair. I'm not trying to persuade anyone to go natural. Wait... I'm lying! LOL! Yes I am! However, whatever you decide to do with your hair, the important thing is to make sure that you take care of it.
So what do you guys think? Too much? Not enough? Have anything to add? Let me know in the comments below!
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