So, i was feeling a bit stronger and decided to do a twistout for the remaining days of the week. what did i do? …I co washed, conditioned (with my leave-in) and sealed with my home made shea butter mix, twisted and left for two days cos i want it to last… oh and i added a dash of olive oil for shine.
Here’s what it looks like on day one.
I realised it would look better styled upwards as opposed to downwards cos i have a round/full face, so i redid it , you should see the difference in the next photos…which do you think is better?
I am going to make an effort to keep these in for the remaining 2 workdays of the week by sleeping with a satin scarf at night, and oiling and restyling it every morning. You bet i ll post photos of the styles i ll be doing..catch ya later!
The above quote transcends, reason i chose it, although i rephrased it to”KNOW YOUR HAIRITAGE”which is more apprioprate for my post today.
Most of us of us that have gone natural know and have experienced how difficult it could be taking this step, you want to, but your mind gives you a 10001 reasons why you can’t, the reason is simply because you have been conditioned to see natural hair as a taboo, ( only for deeper life people) or people who are not exposed, you start thinking how you ll manage and style it, ”maybe i wont look good in it”, l went through all these emotions too so i can tell you that its absolutely normal to feel that way. its normal that after all these years you ve been fed with ”natural hair is hard”, ”its unmanageable”,”its ugly”, ”its only for the poor” you would entertain prejudice about it but hey lets look at it carefully, THAT SO CALLED ”unmanageable” HAIR was given by your maker and creator…he said he made all things beautiful and that includes our black strong kinky coily or nappy hair! furthermore conformity is not normal..the holy scriptures say be ye transformed not conformed.l’ve seen that no race or people on earth tries to change/look like another except the blacks isnt this a sign of inferiority ? isnt its a crime against your creator for you not to appreciate what you ve been given, nuture it in the best possible way?
Personally i see beauty in nature and everything natural, and i believe that if nature is beautiful, so is our natural hair,i try as much as possible to ignore the media’s interpretation of who and what i should look like to be called a human being. i ve realised that the real me in all my glory is far more beautiful than any kim kadashian or beyonce on stage. I ve accepted my hair as a gift , my inheritance and good fortune which i ll inturn pass to my children just as its has been passed down to me.
I ve also acquired a certain level of knowledge about my natural hair and can testify to its versatility which is beyond words hence this blog..here all of us natural beauties can see and appreciate what it is we have been given as African queens and teach it to our children ..its only when we appreciate and harness our true gifts and nature that we can contribute meaningfully to the our environment.
Friends, the best things in life are free..so is our hair! lets step up our game as African beauties not African-indians or African-brazilians..lets tap into our inner reserve of beauty we’ ve been given and shine through. Adios!
Here are photos of wash n go’s i did earlier this year.
Interesting write-up, i do admire the writer’s style and ease of expression. its common fact that the white skin is being idolised to the detriment of the black skin..we need writers like this to constantly remind us that the media doesnt nessesarily carry the right/best information..blacks/Africa need more information on their history.We do not know ourselves enough to value who/what to the world.
The month of fabulous february has made me 1yr natural yipeeee!!! how has the journey been so far?….i ll tell you its been unexpectedly fun. At first i was really sceptical about my image and what people who knew me would say especially loved onces and family members but once i looked into myself and answered ”my questions” satisfactorily in my head i was able to move forward. l asked myself 3 questions:
1. Why am l choosing to go natural?
2. How would i sustain it?
3. Will i be happy?
Answering these questions to myself was a stepping stone to overcoming all my inhibitions and self conciousness.
Going natural for me just happened the way a lot of things in my life ”just happens” , i had been perming my hair since secondary school(high school),and it only seemed to be getting shorter the more l relax the shorter it went, made me always dread relaxing days..you know that fear that comes with anticipation, the hair always reverted back 2 days after and people would be like ”did you say you just retouched your hair?…it was totally fustrating! plus the fact that l ve always admired women with long hair but never knew it was possible for me. So, l decided to go on the internet do some research about ways i could help my hair, thats when i found a whole world of beautiful curly african women and i knew it was possible . In a nut shell.. l went natural to save myself the hassles of the relaxing process and to grow healthy long hair.
How i would sustain it was an even easier challenge, what are the basic ingredients needed for hair growth? Water and Oils …yes thats all! i also discovered while going through my research that my hair needs only moitsure and a condusive environment to thrive, just like a plant! As for styling , l constantly browse the natural hair community websites and blogs for inspiration, and so far so good. I am very happy that i do not have to look like the next lady to be noticed, l can be myself , keep my own hair and look like me, do me.