18 Aug Has Natural Hair Changed Your Life?
Has Natural Hair Changed Your Life?
In today’s society, one’s personal opinion can change how others or the world may view one. As a woman of 30 years of age, I decided to make a decision that would cause many people to question my decision. My decision was to do the “Big Chop”. To do a bold and drastic cut as the big chop, it took a lot of guts and confidence. Cutting my hair down to an inch and a half allowed me to see who I really was. I was no longer considered in the box with women who had the long, straight, and relaxed hair. I was a woman of color who could now see her texture, see her face, and begin to notice parts of the body that I would not normally pay attention to. During this time frame I began to experiment with makeup, study my natural texture, learning how to care for it, and boost my confidence to a whole new level.
Going natural has changed my life completely. It built confidence I never knew I had. I began to experiment with makeup and bold lip colors such as fuchsia pink and I would have never stepped out of that shell. I was the one to wear the gold, clear, or shear lip-gloss. I didn’t have the confidence to wear anything that was daring. My confidence gained even more when others told me that I would not wear my hair in its natural state very long. In fact, people would tell me that my hair would look like an Afro or how expensive it would be to maintenance it. I began to discover how to do creative styles on my short hair, which raised a lot of brows. I wanted to show women that because of my decision, I would not let others tear me down but instead use that momentum to show how well I will rock my hair in spite of others opinions. Recording my journey in a little bathroom on the phone reached so many women all over the world that even those who were not for me, wanted to know how can they begin their journey. It catapulted something inside of me that I did not know I had. I felt like I could do anything. I felt like I could make a difference. My question to women would be as follows: Why would anyone be ashamed of who you are? Why should one allow a chemical substance to map out how they should view oneself on a daily basis concerning beauty?
Learning your natural hair can be a bit challenging because for so long, you have learned how to take care of chemical treated hair. You will find that in your beginning process, you will buy tons of products that you would not normally buy. I don’t know about you but I know I was faithful seeing my beautician every 2 weeks so buying products after products was not on the list. In the midst of buying products for your natural hair, you find out which products can mix well together, which products are best for your hair texture, and most importantly, how to style your hair with those products. You will feel great because not knowing how to do your hair to showing creative styles that you created right in your own home is very rewarding.
I love telling women to BE BOLD & BE FIERCE! In order to do that, you must have confidence that cannot be torn down by anyone. You have to know who you are in Christ and keep it right there. I love to see heads turn when I am out in public with big hair. I know that I am confident and I also know that I like my hair and that’s all that matters at the end of the day. I learned that every strand does not have to be in place all tidy and neat. I learn to experiment, by getting funky and doing styles out of the box. The world needs to see something different, something edgy, something that has not been seen before and every idea has to start with a confident decision to start.
Because I took a stand and believed in myself, with God’s guidance, I am now a Brand Ambassador for several top brands such as Aunt Jackie’s, Carols Daughter, and Mielle Organics just to name a few. I travel and speak to women about embracing their beauty. I have continued to do tutorials and expand my social media platforms, which has caused my followers to increase to thousands. I am no longer a woman who can be boxed in a corner with society’s view on beauty. I define who I am. I am Naturally Beautiful.