I’ve wanted to go ‘au natural’ for a while now, but didn’t have the courage to do it until today. Like every other black girl, my hair was my pride and it was hard to let go of that cultural stigma. Recently, I’ve been experiencing a lot of changes in my life. As an emerging young adult, I began to feel more comfortable with who I was and I felt it was time to accept myself, not for the polished girl that I tried to create by wearing excessive makeup and going to the hair dresser every other week. I wanted to embrace the image that God said was already perfect and beautiful. Our society focuses too much on sexuality and perfection rather than individuality and being able to accept our flaws as part of who we are and not something that’s ugly or abnormal. Taking a step into the natural is my way of saying “hey, I’m beautiful so I don’t need extra cover ups”. I never liked going to the hair dresser for a relaxer every 4 weeks, I dreaded it but it did make my hair more manageable — so I thought. You know it’s bad when it’s raining and you’re with your boyfriend and the only thing you have on you is a plastic bag. All pride goes out the window because you would do anything to protect your hair in order to look good for dinner that night. It’s sad to say, but this did happen to me.
I thought I would cry getting my hair cut but I laughed through the entire thing. I was just so ready to do it. My hairdresser was more nervous than I was. After my hair cut, I just felt relieved and I felt light — literally too. I thought to myself, this is all me!!! If someone told me 2 years ago that I would make this decision, I would’ve said, no way. But that’s the thing about life, we live, learn and grow.
I’m excited to see how the rest of this journey unfolds. No more plastic bags!
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