I am a black woman who has natural hair, meaning I do not treat my hair with any harsh chemicals (i.e perms, hair dye) to drastically alter its texture or color.
This wasn’t always the case, when I was seven years of age my mother used perm on my hair so that it would be more “manageable” to comb and style. Since then it became a regular routine to perm my hair. It wasn’t until late 2013 that I decided to experiment and see what my natural hair looked like. What encouraged me to do this was my peers who also had natural hair and social media. It was like a huge craze that swept over the black female population and that many other black women wanted to return to their true roots.
It wasn’t an easy transition for me, and it took me a while to embrace my hair for what it is and to love my physical appearance. I didn’t feel very confident during my transition from processed hair to natural hair. It taught me a lot about myself, and even the social constructs surrounding black beauty.. that having kinky, coily, curly hair is a bad thing, an unpretty thing.
I found it encouraging that there were many blogs and communities that I could relate with concerning this topic and that I wasn’t going through this transition alone. It was empowering to hear the experiences of other women (not just black) who felt pressured by the social constructs surrounding hair and how they were able to wholeheartedly embrace themselves.
Good came out of it all, and I began to feel more beautiful with my natural tresses than I ever had. I was interested in the different ways I could style my hair and such. I’m still on a journey in terms of learning about my hair because like many things in life, hair also changes (with age, pregnancy, etc.)
For anyone with an experience like mine, I encourage you to love you… all of you, including the beautiful head of hair that God gave you. whether it be blonde, brown, black, red, kinky, curly, wavy or straight, long or short. Sure, it is a process as was mine, but one important thing I learned was that I embraced my natural hair FOR ME.. once you embrace you for you, you will begin to walk in confidence. Like the many other blogs I’ve read during my hair journey, I hope that this post is inspiring.