Hello my lovelies,
See what I did with the title? Wild-nature-natural? I’m so excited to announce that today officially marks my fifth year as a conscious natural. I am so honored and privileged to have this platform to share my ups and downs with you, and to document my hair journey in the hopes that it informs and inspires my fellow naturals.
What does 5 years of being natural mean to me?
I spent some time in the nature, contemplating on what being natural means to me. I have learned so much in my time as a naturalista, and I’d say above all else, if there’s one thing my hair journey has taught me is patience. Ladies, do any of the following scenarios sound familiar?
When you hydrate, deep condition, use a leave-in, follow up with coconut oil, seal with some shea butter and two days later your hair is dry…patience.
You prep for the most BOMB twist out/braid out for that swanky event you’ve been anticipating for weeks. You take down your hair and it’s the most epic FAIL in life…patience.
You’ve been detangling for what seems like eons, your arms are numb. A trip to the barber doesn’t sound bad right about now? Patience.
Casually browsing through your Explore page on IG, and you’re slapped in the face by all these natural baddies and with their flawless hair to match. Meanwhile you’re in sweats watching series on the couch…patience.
The day your hair behaves itself, you’re looking like the twist-out/braid-out/bantu knot-out goddess and you know it. Everything from your crown, to your brows all the way down to your shoes is- dare I say- on FLEEK! It then decides to rain the same afternoon!!!!!!! PATIENCE.
As for the hair, with my busy schedule juggling work, my blog and personal life, wearing my hair in up-do styles has quickly become a staple in my regime. My signature up-do style is extremely appropriate for even the most conservative work environments (of which mine is not!). Not to mention it serves as a great protective style throughout the week, sheltering my ends from daily exposure that can cause damage, splitting and breakage of the hair.
So ladies, how far have you come in your natural hair journey? What lessons have you picked up along the way? I’d love to hear, so please share in the comments below…
Happy Nappy Hair,
Photography by: Wamwiri Kimachia