April 2015, I went on low cut out of the anger that my permed hair refused to grow. However, when my natural hair started to grow, it was hard to keep up. I did not imagine it to be as thick and difficult to comb through as it turned out. Because it was short in the first few months, whenever I would do braids or twisting, it would get rough quickly. I wasted a lot of money and hair products trying to make it presentable, then I resulted to Jheri curls, as an alternative to perming. The Jheri curls looked good at first but soon, my hair started falling off just like it did with perming. It was at that point that I decided to grow my natural hair permanently.
What fascinates me the most about natural hair is the way it shrinks when washed or if damp. At that moment, it is all soft, comb-able, and adorable. It took me a few experiments, a couple of You-Tube videos and bad-hair-days to learn how to treat my hair well, make it comfortable and manageable. The best thing I do is plait my hair into sections and apply oil to it when it is still wet. The moment it dries (if left unplaited), it becomes the little devil that you don’t want to touch. It hurts, sometimes so much that I am tempted to consider cutting it again or perming.
I recently bought hair rollers and I am still learning to work with it. I am learning how to style my natural hair instead of doing braids or any other hairstyle to tame it. I will say that my hair means a little too much to me, now, unlike before. It makes me more cautious of how I treat myself and it forces me to spend more time with myself. Until I started keeping my natural hair, I did not know that kinky hair was a political statement. I was not aware of how much it could make me a different individual. I was also not attentive of how much hair could be a form of art until now.
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