The impact of choosing to wear my natural hair has sparked my imagination, boosted my confidence and eased my mind. I say it eased my mind because after a decade and a half relaxed, I wondered if I could ever make peace with my kinks and accept them as beautiful. Well, I have. I style creatively, I have no shame in my ethnicity but embrace it fully. I'm not Black but bea]utiful. I'm beautiful because I'm Black.
The decision to wear my hair natural has positively impacted my life in a variety ways. Health wise it has helped me to deal with allergic reactions that manifest on my scalp. I have a variety of food and environmental allergies and perms were making these allergies worse, by wearing my hair natural and using natural hair care products my health has greatly improved.
The decision to wear my hair natural has also increased my self-esteem and has helped me to embrace my unique beauty. My hair care salon Imena in Harlem specializes in natural hair and being able to get my hair styled in a variety of ways is fun and helps me express my creativity and personal style. The choice to embrace my natural hair helps me live a life of integrity as I am passionate about the beauty of Africa and her people.
The reason I went natural was because my hair was shedding a lot. I wanted to try something, not knowing all the maintenance that comes with being natural. I must admit I didn't first love my natural hair. It was something out of the box for me, so I had to learn to love and embrace my natural tresses.
I am going into my 5th year with my natural tresses and I am truly loving every minute of it. Being natural is so free and versatile. You have to love your tresses and have fun with your hair. My husband is my biggest supporter; he will wash and grease my scalp as needed, yes I grease my scalp...LOL.
I am enjoying my journey and will continue to embrace my natural tresses. I love seeing natural sisters embracing their beautiful hair whether its locs, twists, flat ironed, FROs or just wash and go's. We sisters are starting a movement that's here to stay, love your tresses.
My choice to be natural, positively impacted my life in many ways. I have been natural for five years and have enjoyed experiencing the needs of my hair. Throughout my natural hair journey, I have become educated about appropriate products needed to achieve versatile styles, while maintaining my hair in its natural state. The decison to become natural has brought about unique opportunities and awareness within the natural hair community. Such opportunities include being crowned 2014-2015 Miss Born Natural Beauty in Columbia, SC. This experience was awesome and confirmed what I already knew, which is, Natural Girls Rock! I am a strong believer of embracing your own natural beauty and not allowing society define it for you! From one natural to another, I am glad that I decided to embrace my hair in it's natural state and enjoy mentoring others who have decided to start their own natural hair journey.
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Cierra has been a part of Accented Glory since its launch in June 2013. Outside of being an "Accessory Diva", she's a millennial who's currently navigating adulthood. Click Not One Of Your Little Friends to check out her podcast!