Being natural my entire life has given me the opportunity to experience versatility in hairstyle choices over the years and especially in most recent times. However, I can easily recall when salons were inundated with Cosmetologists providing a variety of hair relaxers/perms, hair straighteners and chemical treatments to their clients and being natural was rare.
Growing up, I was happy that I didn't experience the horror stories that my friends shared about scalp irritation, head sores, chemical burns or hair breakage after they acquired a relaxer or chemical treatment. However, I have been burned a few times on my ear and scalp by the notorious pressing comb. During those times, being natural provided me with a uniqueness that heightened my self-esteem. Possessing natural hair wasn't the norm and I liked being different.
I take a holistic approach to my health and being natural is part of it. I love looking for healthier alternatives for my hair, skin and food intake. Products/ chemicals that we put on our hair and scalp, over time, in addition to the food we eat, can negatively/positively impact our overall health and appearance of our hair. Natural hair responds well to the organic oils in my kitchen and I love it! Being natural, though not always popular, has truly been a blessing and I am thankful for my mother passing the torch from her mother to be natural and stay natural.
I'm Jovanhanna and I love my natural hair. I am a Costa Rican-American and the mother of two beautiful girls ages 13 and 1. I have been natural for 3 years now and I love it. My hair is healthy and unique.
It was not until this year that I actually achieved moisture balance in my hair. I had to deal with dry, brittle hair for a very long time. There were days when I wanted to give up and relax my hair, but I knew I would regret it and it would not be worth me having to start this process of growing and maintaining my natural hair all over again. Relaxers are not for my hair or body. I do not have any ill feelings towards anyone that chooses to use relaxers. That is their choice; the same way having natural hair is mine.
The journey with my hair helped me to accept myself and learn the truth about me and my hair in general. I had to face stereotypes, but really I just had to love and accept myself. I sometimes wear wigs, I blow dry my hair, will get it braided with extension hair, I will rock it free and proud, or leave it in two strand twists. My hair is like me, versatile and unique. Each strand of my crown is an individual coil of curls. I can wear my hair in so many different styles.
The biggest impact of my decision to accept my natural hair has been on my daughter. She is able to embrace her own hair early on. Loving ourselves and being happy with how we were divinely made is the best gift we can give to ourselves.
Choosing to wear my hair in its natural state has allowed me to be able to embrace my hair has built my self confidence. It has also influenced my daughter's to love their natural hair too. My girls are my motivation and knowing that they embrace their hair at an age where appearance means so much is awesome to me. They are in the 7th and 9th grade.
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!