The Beauty of Being Natural
So I have been natural for 5 years and 7 months. What I have discovered is that this journey was about more than just my hair. It was about me accepting everything about myself. No one could of ever told me that I would rock an afro. I prefer to wear my hair at a mid length or short hairstyle because the texture of my hair is so fine (This is before I decided to be natural) . In my last stage of being chemically treated, I wore my hair in a short spiky hair cut. My hair was really short. However, because it was relaxed, I was very comfortable wearing my hair that short.
When I got my hair cut off, the thought of walking around with my natural short curly hair was mortifying to think about. At the time I was a classroom teacher and I dreaded what my students and other students were going to say about the absence of my hair. I came to work with big earrings on and makeup (This is something that I don’t do when preparing for work.).
As the day went by no one said anything about my hair. They looked and didn’t mention it. As I was walking in the hallway, I came across a first grade boy who was known to be very mischievous. He looked at me and he said…”I like your hair!”…with a smile on his face. I was a bit taken aback but I got myself together and thanked him for the compliment. I felt great in that moment. Since that day I have walked around feeling not self conscious but proud of my natural self. As my hair grew into an afro I was still getting compliments. I didn’t even wear my hair with defined curls but people still liked my hair. I liked my hair and people could tell that I was confident with my hair.
Once you have accepted your texture, your length, and hair type, it is easy to move forward. You begin to embrace everything, as well as frizz and the not so good bad hair days. Your hair will do it’s own thing. Accept that it will do its own thing and rock it. Let the world know you love all of you!
As a woman I find that men love women who wear their natural hair. I feel this way because men love women who embrace their hair and wear it with confidence. Everyone likes a person with confidence, no matter what the gender is. Throughout this ongoing hair journey, I have learned to love myself even more. That’s the best thing about me being natural.
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