Natural Hair: Why I became a natural, the beginning of my hair journey
I invite you to play the song below as you read...
Hello!!! Thanks for stopping by and welcome if that's your very first time here.
This post today is an introduction to some of the things I have in mind for the coming months. I wanted to share with you my journey as a new Natural and how I got to consider undertaking this special journey.
I must say that I am not passionate about whether my hair is relaxed or not. My decision to embark in a Natural journey has nothing to do with a special conviction like some seem to have.
I do love my hair relaxed, it's just that I finally wanted to try something different with my hair and at this stage I am more curious than I am convicted. Here is how my journey started:
Two years ago, I thought about going Natural but I went back to relaxing my hair because I honestly did not know what I was doing and what I was getting myself into!
She reverted to her natural hair about 3 years ago and it had me thinking..." if Maman's hair looks so pretty natural, sure mine would look fine too".
Becoming natural once again was easy for Maman (word for mommy in French) because she already had a short hair style! Her hair was very fragile and she used to think that she did not have very good hair! Silly, right?! When she decided to go natural, it was mainly because she was traveling a lot and did not have time to keep up with the maintenance of relaxing her hair, getting it professionally done etc.
My twin sister has been natural for some years as well and she too used to think negatively of the quality of her hair until she went Natural.
I was always told that from all my sisters, I was the one gifted with " very good hair"! I must admit that my hair has never been unhealthy! I always took great care of my hair except for the fact that I don't enjoy to brush or style it myself. I take care of my hair by having 'experts' take care of me!
Even as a College student I did very good maintaining my hair healthy and nice! So unlike people who went natural because of bad experiences with relaxer, my decision to go natural has nothing to do with any bad experiences with relaxers nor is it an issue for me to keep up with my salon's visits! My reasons are more like..."let's try something new", "it could be good after all"!
So I finally decided to bravely embark in this journey, with my hubby's support,
|Hubby & I in Charleston SC at a Gilligan's restaurant! |
yeah you can laugh it's alright!!! I get it all the time! He is 6'5" and I am 4'11"
- asking plenty of questions
- doing lot of researches
- & with the advices from many to be patient, keep taking good care of my hair & getting them deep conditioned regularly.
My biggest concerns were:
1) I did not want to cut them totally short , have a BC meaning Big Chop like the Naturals call it...
This girl is Christina Goh. She is actually an old high school classmate with a fabulous voice and a beautiful singing career. She is known as " La Perle Noire de l'Afro-Blues"!
That style fits her so well! But a short hair style like this is not for me right now...The last time my hair was like this I was a toddler! In the Naturals lingo this would be called T.W.A for teeny weeny Afro.
2) I wanted to have some styles that would support my active lifestyle and still look feminine and stylish. I know short like above would be ideal but I am currently embracing other options like braids or sparrow curls.
I was used to getting my hair done every week, simply because...well...I used to run every single day , until my foot injury, and I have too much pride in my hair to go out on week-ends with my hair not looking fly! (lol)
|My friend and big brother K.A we are hanging out @ the GA Aquarium in ATL|
Ladrica, a beautiful and God fearing natural who lives her life with great purpose
My most fantastic observation about Naturals is that many of the Naturals I meet seem to have a higher sense of purpose in life and a lot of confidence in themselves! Some tend to be very passionate abut their hair and put that energy in all their do.
I am certain that there are some naturals out there who are not very impressive, it's just that I have been blessed to meet some amazing ladies and they are keeping me inspired! If I am going all the way, I need to hang around the ones who are beautiful not just on the outside but on the inside as well. My goal is to bring to you some of them right here for your enjoyment, to inspire the Naturals among you, and to help us all to understand them better regardless of our hair preferences.
|Those are divacakes cupcakes bath bombs from Chocolashea available on Etsy|
I will still write about everything health related and I will open up about my weight journey back to my slimmer me and overcoming my foot injury as I am now considering cross training instead of relying on running so much.
The thing is this : no matter who we are and what culture or subculture we belong to, we still need to be healthy and fit so I will stay true to this passion of mine. This site will never be just about hair or just about naturals, or just about one very specific thing because we are people with a common desire for healthy living and we all have many facets.
It's just that today I'm coming out with my Natural facet and I am inspired by the song and the attitude of the Diva in the video below. The one and only Diana Ross! Her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, is one of the most gorgeous natural celebrities out there...
I am inviting any Natural and their fans to join in the fun, follow the Blog, leave comments, share their stories, LIKE the page Healthy can be done facebook, follow Goodhealthdiva on twitter and spread the word about the blog and all these good stuffs...
Those are some celebrities of couuuurse, but my goal is to show you some Real people (lol)...yeah celebrities are real people too, I know...but not all of us can relate to them!
So if you are a Natural and would like for me to feature you (& your products) please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In April I am featuring my gorgeous friend from the U.K Africa Brown. Soon after that I hope of having the privilege of featuring Ladrica. It will be good stuff so you better come back (smiles)!
Sharing below some pictures of the hair clips I made recently for a few of my summer dresses, I love dresses, skirts and flowers so I am now having fun designing accessories including hair clips and jewelries. Since I specialize in custom gifts and cards let me know if you are interested in any hair clips and accessories customized just for you!
|Dark Orange hair clip|
|Pink summer dress|
|Pink daisy hair clip|
|Purple Summer Dress|
|Purple hair clip|
Are you a natural reading this? How long have you been one? What do you like most about being natural? Did you have a lot of support becoming a natural? Do you think that most naturals are very self-confident women and seem to have a higher sense of purpose?! If you are a man reading this article, do you have a special affection for Naturals or not necessarily? What's your take on it?