Hi loves. So gentle disclaimer before I start writing. I am in no way a naturalists or know anything about natural hair journeys other than my own. It’s crazy that I even feel like I need to put this but any-who!
In October of 2015 I decided that I was going to take a chance at the “going natural” life. I DID NOT just wake up one day and say I’m going to go natural to fit into a trend. I was not all of a sudden proclaiming to be a naturalist by any means. So the title might have you confused so let me share why I decided to make that decision.
My mother who is now 70 years old was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia when I was in high school. At that time we had no idea what that meant. We had no idea of the pain that she would begin to experience in her body that even the strongest medications sometimes couldn’t help. The multiple surgeries that she would have to endure due to joint and bone issues. It affected everything down to even her hair. Eventually, her stylist suggested that she to stop using relaxers and permanent hair dye as it was affecting her scalp and causing hair loss due to her condition and medications. As I saw my mother have to continuously cut her hair and transition back into non-chemically treated hair, it was difficult. My mother had been my cosmetologist for years before her condition would no longer allow, so she knew how to deal with the transition. So long story short, I made the decision shortly after to become “creamy crack” free also. It was my way of supporting her because she had to and I just wanted to. I honestly didn’t think I would make it this far.
So almost two years in and I’ve never done the big chop. I transitioned wearing protective styles, head wraps and keeping my hair trimmed and healthy. I’m still not at the point in which I know how to style all of this hair while in its natural state but I’m sure I’ll get there. I had no clue what products work for my type of hair. I don’t know my hair texture type or number but I’ll get there too. I’m still going to have my hair blowed out and straightened. I don’t even know if I’ll keep this up another ten years but what I do know is the reason I decided to try, is because trying meant something to me and it wasn’t to be trendy.
I felt like I needed to post this because so many women bash each other for the wrong reasons. It’s truly just hair. Whether you grow it, buy it or sell it, it’s yours. You can do whatever you would like with it! What matters most is who you are with or without your hair! So to all my natural sisters out there, you bad! To all my relaxed sisters out there, you bad! To all my bald sisters out there regardless of whether you decided to shave your hair or an illness caused hair loss, you bad! To all my weave wearers out there, you bad! Celebrate uniqueness. We have enough people trying to be normal!
As always thanks for reading!