As we enter the New Year, many of us reflect on our journeys and experiences and ponder decisions that we have made. For some, self-discovery and self-empowerment is the result. This story emphasizes that Natural Is Cool Enough, which is a wonderful decision for the New Year. How about you? Will N.I.C.E. be your destination for the New Year? Check out the story below for inspiration.
Sharonda’s Natural Hair Story: A Journey to Discover Me
|Twist Braids: A N.I.C.E. Destination for an on-going journey into the New Year|
I come from a family of hairstylist. I mean, it’s not what they do for a living, but from my mother on down and my three older sisters; all of them can do hair. I never had to touch my hair. Anything I ever wanted, braids, twist, weaves, perms, hair dye, they did it all! The perms must have started early on in my life like around age 6. I mean my mother had 4 girls, plus her own head; that was a lot of hair to do! As I grew older I continued to perm and process my hair. In my teenage years I got brave. I dyed it a few times, red, gold, you name it. Of course it fell out. With the perms and the hair color my hair had had enough. So I chopped it off and started over. Every week it seemed like, (maybe I’m exaggerating a little) I was doing something different to my hair. I was suffering from an acute case of HADHD or Hair Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I noticed the perms had thinned out parts of my mother’s hair. And I also notice how my hair would never grow past my shoulders. For some reason it would break off or get cut off long before then. I was fed-up!The weaves started when I was 14 and just entering High School. I no longer could tolerate looking so young, with short hair, so I called my weave-ologist. If I wasw going to look mature I needed a new look!
The next year I took the braids out and I flat ironed my hair to death, literally. Almost everyday I was putting heat on it. Of course the healthy mane of hair broke off after some blonde dye and months of perms on top of that.
|My Hair With Color|