I’ve been obsessed with my hair ever since 2011 when I first tried 2-strand twists. I was amazed by how well my hair responded to the style, I had no idea my hair could do what it did! Since then, you couldn’t tell me nothing about my hair…okay!
I’ve had such a wonderful hair journey, discovering what my hair is capable of, and appreciating its versatility. Yet, there are still things that I need to improve about my hair regime and new styles that I want to try in 2015.
Here is my list of hair goals for 2015:
Looking back over 2014, I can honestly say this year was my best year yet! I feel so proud of myself and overflowing with love, gratitude, and a deep sense of fulfillment. With all those positive feelings, this year certainly was not expected. The year before, in 2013 I decided to cocoon myself both emotionally and physically. At the end of 2013, I had gone through 3 years of processing and dealing with the after effects of a divorce after 8 years of marriage. The entire three years I was determined to make it through and come out at the end of things BETTER. I made up my mind that I was NOT going to be defeated. Throughout all the struggle and pain, I knew inside that I was becoming the woman I was meant to be. After 8 years of feeling lost, I decided I was going to find myself again. When 2014 arrived, I was ready for change and the beginning of an amazing life. This year did not fail me!
Starting Honoring Our HAIRitage
I started Honoring Our HAIRitage in February 2014 with only the goal of adding my voice to the natural hair movement. What has happened over this year was more than I expected for a first time blogger. Continue reading
I knew immediately after I heard her say the words, “you should NEVER get relaxers!,” that this conversation was not going to end well. We were at a beauty supply store in the “natural hair supplies” section getting our bi-monthly supply of raw shea butter, when a complete stranger came up to us to ask about our hair, since she stated, “Your hair looks so beautiful! I’ve been thinking about doing the natural thing too, but I just don’t know yet.” My friend chimed in again, “You know relaxers can cause permanent hair loss, sores on your scalp, and breakage! It’s not a good look,” she said. “I remember the last time I got a relaxer, I had a sore on my scalp that started to ooze puss! Why would I ever get another relaxer after that!”
Despite where I knew this conversation was going, and the look of concern I was giving my friend, she kept talking about not getting relaxers. The look on the other woman’s face Continue reading
Last night was awful! I couldn’t sleep. Maybe I drifted off for a few hours, but I woke up this morning still feeling tired. Today is the first day of 6th grade at my new Middle School and I will not know anyone there. All of my friends from elementary school went to Westmoore, but I was placed in another school since my teachers thought I would do better at an alternative school. No one asked me what I thought though.
I carefully picked my outfit for the first day of school to make sure it did not show too much of my awkward body. Over the summer, I grew about 6 inches but it seemed only in my torso. My legs remained short and stocky which made me so insecure that I refused to wear anything that revealed my thighs. So, I wore baggy jeans and a long t-shirt with my favorite band on the front.
My outfit was fine, but what I really worried about was my hair. I kept my hair in braids throughout the summer and when I took them out Continue reading
I decided it was the last time I would get a hair relaxer. The final straw came 3 months ago when my stylist gave me a style I did not want (again!), and I left the salon with lye burns on my sensitive scalp. All I could think about as I put ointment on my scalp to ease the pain was my first visit to Miss Simone’s Salon when I was 5 years old. I remember feeling so excited about getting my hair straightened for the first time. Now, I wished I had never set foot in that place!
Over the years, I came back to Miss Simone’s Salon monthly to get a touch up and deep condition, only to spend $80 to go home unsatisfied and in pain. Even with all that disappointment, I kept coming back because it was all I knew about hair care. Three months ago though, I had enough. After 20 years of getting relaxers, Continue reading