I chose my identity and what I wanted to look like
I’ve fallen in love with myself and my hair since I went natural back in 2012. It was a self-made decision that led me to want to see my natural beauty without extensions, hair pieces and the infamous Creamy Crack. I didn’t do the Big Chop like most women who decided to go natural I slowly transitioned and watched the transformation of not only my natural hair journey but of self. Being faced with ridicule and questions as to why I would want to walk around with “Nappy Hair” or here’s a good one “You look better with your hair Straighten”. For those who don’t know me I’m a bit stubborn and a little rebellious when it comes to who it is that I am or want to be so by me being me I ignored all the rude judgemental comments and walk around with my Big Hair! because it’s clear that I don’t care.
I knew I was going to be judged, and see dissatisfied grimaces on the faces of those who hate and oppose the freedom of Natural Hair. I know what it’s like to be accustomed to a way of life and a certain way of dress but during that time I chose my identity and what I wanted to look like. Many didn’t like it! Why? I guess because they were used to me looking and being a certain or maybe I didn’t look like everyone else. I stood out among those who relied on the 20 inch weaves and wig caps and that was a No! No! Many people are slaves to the standards of society buying what others tell them to buy to look and be the image of what the world considers to be the only type of beauty.
Please! Don’t get me wrong I love make-up, clothes, shoes, and added hair whenever I feel like something different I just do it. I always do an annual “Length Check” around March or April to see how long my hair has gotten and I kept it straighten the whole month of April. I usually trim my hair unless I want a specific funky cut otherwise I’m my stylist, manicurist, and all the other good stuff LOL!. I love the freedom and the versatility that comes with rocking natural hair.
Will I ever wear it straight again YES!
Will I add a few extra strands of hair to mine YES!
WHY? Because It’s my BIG Hair and I don’t care.