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My New Found Hair Journey

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 I must say my hair and I have had a love hate relationship these past couple of years. I went from having a perm for five years to transitioning into being all natural. After letting my natural hair grow out I decided to do the BIG CHOP and cut off my relaxed ends. Protective styles such as braids and quick weaves really helped my hair growth. If you are looking for a new protective style or even a fresh new hair style I recommend YouTube and Pinterest. After being three years natural I must say my fro had never looked so big and healthy. Personally the Cantu products really have helped my hair with growth and moisture. I always had a big issue with my hair becoming dry after I do my wash and go’s, but Cantu’s daily moisturizer really gives my fro life.

Recently about two months ago I became bored with my hair and decided to cut my hair. A part of me was scared to cut it because I did not know how I would look with a short cut, but the other part of me was ready for a change. I finally swallowed my pride and went to the hair salon and got it cut. But my sisters if you are going to get your hair cut make sure that it looks good both straight and natural. After wearing my new cut straight for about two weeks it was time to wash my hair and bring my curls back. I absolutely loved my natural hair with my new cut but a big part of my started to miss my big fro.

 On June 1, 2014 I went to the barbershop and cut off all my hair and decided to start all over. This hair cut has got to be the best decision I have ever made in a long time. I have so much confidence in myself now because I am no longer looking at my outside beauty but I am more focused on the beauty inside of me. This is not only a hair journey but this is a journey of self-growth. Don’t worry I will keep you updated with my hair journey, until next time my natural hair sisters, love yourself and most importantly your hair!

 

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The Ingredients to My Fro.

Day in and day out I hear multiple conversations on the surface reasons as to why ladies are becoming natural. A few are: 

“I decided to grow my hair naturally because the chemicals made my hair fall out” 

“I wanted to try something healthier” 

“I’m trying a new look” 

However behind every afro there are reasons to why we have gone natural, I called these our ingredients to our fro. I’m only going to give three in this post. 

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Being Natural is in Style

Believe it or not, there are individuals that decide to participate in certain behaviors as a result of the mass population indulging in them as well. However, others may look as some as simply following trends.  

 

My Hair Has No Other Choice 

While some ladies love rocking their newly healthy hair please do not be fools. Some ladies have damaged hair for perms, weaves, and other hair experiments. Before the afrocentric look became extremely popular again, these young ladies were trying their best to find ways to make their damaged hair look decent. Now that females rocking low cuts are not only in style in addition to being sexy, these women are able to rock out and grow healthy hair. 

My Prerogative

Now to the lady that just wanted something different. She’s not doing it to fit in or to look more “black”. Most likely she’s been natural and now she’s “in style”.  Also, some women like the versatility of having a perm then going natural to give their hair a short break from the chemicals in a perm. 

**Disclaimer**

 Having natural hair does not always mean having healthy hair. Yes many use “natural products” however too many products at one time can stunt your hair’s growth. There are plenty of people with perms who have healthy hair. 

No matter what are your ingredients to your fro my beautiful sisters, make sure you rock them out to the fullest. I would love to hear the ingredients to your fro. 

I Am Not My Natural Hair.

Since I cut my hair I have had a lot of people compliment me on my cut and express their love for natural hairstyles. Occasionally afro centric individuals will approach me on the “Sista” tip assuming because I cut off my hair that I am into being afro centric. It always makes me wonder what individuals thought of me when my hair was natural yet pressed. Did they view me as another conformer to society by having straight hair. Did they feel I was wasting my time being natural if I did not want to embrace certain hairstyles?  So I pose the question ‘does having natural hair always mean you have to wear an afro or twists?

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My answer to the question is no. Having natural hair is a healthy hair choice not a lifestyle. Too often we associate hairstyles with lifestyles and that is not always the case. I know plenty of women who wear their wear straight who are heavily involved in being afro centric. On the other hand, I know women who wear afro centric hairstyles who could care less about empowering any one let alone African Americans.

 

Too often people feel the need to dress the part to show they are involved in certain things. For example, a lesbian does not have to dress like a male to prove she is a lesbian. Women do not have to have afro centric hairstyles to prove they are involved in afro centric activities. We need to learn how to embrace diversity in every scenario.

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Similar to African American women being judged on their hair in the workforce we have adapted the same mentality in our every day lives. We longer assume someone with natural hair may have other reasons for having the hairstyle other than to be afro centric. We have to start asking questions and finding out about the person instead of assuming they are a certain way based on their hair. I know for certain I am not my natural hair.
~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)

Beauty of Braids

The process of becoming natural after having a perm can be extremely hard. The journey is long and tiresome at times. Many attempt, but only few survive. I’m here to help increase survivors during this transformation of weather.
There are plenty of sites which give advice for transitioning between perm to natural hair. One suggestion given is to use eggs, vinegar, and mayo to help grow out of a perm. According to a cosmetology teacher, the best way to grow out a perm is to get braids.
Types of braids:
-Box Braids
-Corn Rows
-Senegal Twists
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Styles while your braids are in:
-bun
-if you have micro braids with human hair you can wash and set your hair to have flowing curls
-up-dos
How to take out your braids:
When taking out your braids do not immediately comb out your hair. Have you ever noticed that nasty little circle of dirt that is between your hair and your new growth? If that isn’t combed out properly it can break off your hair.
Once all of your braids are taken out put conditioner on your hair (recommended brand: Cholesterol). Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes then begin to comb out your hair. Remember to always start combing at the bottom and work your way up. After you have combed out your entire head then proceed with rinsing it out, shampooing it, and conditioning it.
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Maintenance:
If you keep your braids in for 2-3 months (or longer) you must trim your ends after each time. Additionally, if you would like to use a leave in conditioner during this journey the best leave in is “placenta. Placenta (contains after birth) has natural nutrients which helps hair grow strong and healthy.
Keep an eye out:
1. If your hair begins to look matted together this is an indicator that your braids may be in too long.
2. Be extra gentle with micro braids because they can pull out your edges.
3.  Keep your hair moisturized while in braids-your hair still needs moisture.

 

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