Can I say that today I love my hair? My choice to wear my hair natural stemmed from health-related issues I had six years ago (big chop August 10, 2002). Looking back, though, I don’t think I would have ever made it this far without the information, insight, and encouragment from some of Nappturality’s veterans that were active members at the time. Don’t see them too much on the boards anymore, but it’s impossible to speak of my hair journey without mentioning the impact they had on it. Thanks ladies!
My advice to those who are on or just starting their natural journey:
- Be Informed. Search hair care info on the internet, buy books, go to the library or join hair care forums/boards. A lot of board members have their own blogs and sites documenting their hair journey.
- Be Patient. There is a lot to learn. You’ll experience many ups and downs, trials and triumphs. Are you in-between a twa and 5 inches of hair? Don’t worry. Nothing a barette, clip, headband or scarf can’t make better. Hang in there.
- Be Self-Supporting. Realize that everyone is not going to agree with your choice to be natural. Everyone includes hubby/significant other, family, friends, and even strangers. Stay true to yourself. Trust me, eventually what they think or say will matter less and less.
- Be Resourceful. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on online products unless you want to. The grocery store, CVS, vitamin shops, and your kitchen will have everything you need. Braid shops, barber shops, and hair salons use a lot of oils and shea butter based products. They also get product discounts. Ask them where they purchase their products, or if they can order products for you.
Here are a few pics from my hair journey.
- September 2007
- January 2008
- September 2008
Even after six years, I’m still learning.