Welcome to my blog, My Exceptional Life. This is my 2nd attempt at creating and maintaining a blog, so wish me luck! Lets get to it!
This will be a month long blog series dedicated to roots. “What roots?” you may ask. It is plant related? Am I exploring my ancestral roots? Am I dedicating these posts to the riveting and revamped television series, Roots? No! Im talking about the roots of MY HAIR!
On May 27th, I was scrolling through Facebook (nothing new there), and one of my friends made a post that really made me think. It read:
but the minute you really want to feel beautiful again…
you put that factory back in.
This August will be 5 years since I’ve put a chemical relaxer on my hair. And this is not the first time I’ve gone natural. But never have I felt as convicted about the way Ive been treating and thinking about my own hair as I did when I came upon this post. Over the last year Ive been wearing various “protective styles” that, for the most part, hide my short natural hair. Wigs, sew-ins, crochet braids, and individual box braids have been my go-to, especially when I have important events coming up. After reading this post, I can honestly say that I felt guilty. And as a person who strives to live with no regrets, this was pretty major! I did not at all feel that my FB friend was attacking women with natural hair, but I do think he made this post to bring awareness. Mission accomplished, Facebook friend. Mission Accomplished.
SO, what did I do about the way I felt? Two days later I decided to uninstall my crochet braids and do away with all weave for 6 months. Im doing this in efforts to reconnect with my roots and redefine what being natural means TO ME. I know that every natural black woman went natural for different reasons. I personally went natural (the second time) because my relaxed hair was too much for me to handle. I have very fine hair that is prone to humidity and live in Florida (no escaping that). So going to a stylist every two weeks to maintain my straight hair and relaxing my hair every six weeks to keep it straight was not realistic for me. However, the reasons I’ve remained natural have changed drastically.
I’m really looking forward to this journey and I am already seeing some positive results. I hope that these next 6 months not only help me mature as young Black woman, but also helps to inspire another black woman. And hopefully this month’s blog posts will shed some light on my natural hair journey!
Thanks for reading,
An Exceptional Young Black Woman
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