My 5 Natural Hair Goals for 2015

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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:

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Personal Reflections on 2014 & Looking Ahead to 2015

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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

How NOT to recruit new naturalistas!!

 

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

My First Time Wearing a Weave (Writing 101: Day 6)

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

When I Decided to Stop Getting Hair Relaxers

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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