I ran into a guy I grew up with last night and he said something like "I was wondering what was going on with you because your hair used to be perfect". I responded that my hair is more perfect now than ever!
My journey began when I decided to embrace the woman God created me to be. I started dancing nude at home each morning embracing my body with all the rolls and wrinkles. It has been exhilarating! From there I started thinking about my schedule and how so much of my time and money was spent at the hair salon each week. I recently started a business and I would be closed on Wednesday and that was the reason - so I could make my hair appointment. So I started talking to my stylist about going natural. He worked with me, not putting relaxer in my hair for several months. I convinced him to put hair tattoos (designs) in the back. After a while, he told me he was not a barber and I decided to go to the barber shop. I bought my first bottles of shampoo and conditioner in over 30 years.
I went from spending $200 a month to a little over $60. I can now get in the shower without a shower cap. I had not taken a bath in years. I can now get in the tub and not worry what the steam is going to do to my hair as I relax and soak my body. I can walk in the rain!
I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I love me more than ever.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
~Psalm 139;14 NIV
Long before God laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.
~Ephesians 1:4 MSG
Since being natural I have been able to love and appreciate myself more! I have learned to love my hair for what it is - kinky, coily and a little frizzy! It has been an awesome journey learning my hair and making the right choices to bring my hair to its healthiest. Though I have had some difficult moments with my hair, overall being natural is the best thing I could have done for my hair - it is healthier, thicker, longer and stronger and the last time I recall my hair like this, I was a young child. Then, I did not really appreciate my hair type but now I have embraced its uniqueness. I know to some, maybe many, it's "just hair" but being able to truly love and accept my hair has boosted my confidence and creativity and I'm excited to be able to encourage others to experience this journey as well!
Morgan (Instagram: The4cProject)
I started my natural hair process in 2013, however, I didn't truly embrace the idea of being natural until 2015. When I started the process in 2013 it was simply because my hair was extremely damaged due to dying and relaxers. I decided I would give up the relaxers in an effort to maintain my color....I just wasn't ready to go gray.
Well, let's fast forward to 2015. On July 1, 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Prior to the start of chemotherapy I was told I would loose my hair in about 14 days. My oncologist was right. In two weeks I was bald.
Five months after being completely bald, I embraced being natural. In January 2016 my new hair blossomed. Although, I love this brand new, chemical free, beautiful hair, I do understand, "I am NOT my hair."
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!