Even though the process of washing and styling my hair has increased in time, I feel my hair is much healthier. I also feel like my skin looks better without the relaxer chemicals being applied to my scalp. I get complimented much more on my hair now then I did when it was relaxed.
My natural hair journey began around age 30. My relaxed hair was damaged and brittle so I decided to go natural and see if I could grow some healthy hair. Transitioning natural and working in Corporate America wasn't the easiest thing to do back then, so I went natural for about a year and then cracked under the pressure to conform and fit in the workplace. I ended up relaxing my hair after my manager called me into her office one day to inquire about how I was doing. She made it a point to tell me that I needed to get my hair done.
Since that time, I've attempted to go natural three more times with no avail. I still was not experiencing the healthy hair results that I wanted and I felt self-conscious about my tiny fro.
At age 40 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. During radiation treatments my hair began to thin out in the crown of my head. I made a decision to cut my hair really short and once again let it grow back naturally. So far it's been great this time around. The difference is that I was more confident and strong, after just surviving breast cancer. My perception about myself has completely changed. It's been about 8 months so far and I'm still loving it and it's growing and very healthy. I receive overwhelming compliments on how nice and thick my hair is.
I am now loving my natural hair!
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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The last feature that naturals should look for in hair accessories is style. At Accented Glory, we’re aware that everyone has their own unique style. With style, there are three factors of influence: taste, age, and look.
Taste – Whether you're a flower child or like bling we have something for you. Our Floral Hairpins are perfect for updos or a side swoop style. For our earthy naturals, we have our Cowrie Shell Headband and shell Hair Cuff designs to accent your locs, braids, or twists. Our Rhinestone and Bohemian Headbands add just enough bling to accent your style and not take over. Our accessories allow your beautiful tresses to be the main attraction.
Age – At Accented Glory we believe that you’re NEVER too old for hair accessories! One never age out of style; it’s just a matter of finding hair accessories that fits your personality. If you LOVE hair accessories or considering using accessories to accent your natural style, remember age is just a number. EXPRESS YOURSELF!
Look – With our accessories you can go from elegant to casual; the look you create depends upon the hair style you choose. Our accessories are very versatile and can be worn numerous ways. For example, our head wraps are 14" x 72", which provides various style options (see slide show below). Multiple styles from a single product are a plus!
Whatever your taste, age or look you want to achieve, Accented Glory has something for you! Our designs were created with naturals in mind. Shop at our online store for the style that works for you!
Accented Glory has added hair jewelry to their hair accessory line! I love Accented Glory's Hair Cuff design and the different styles that are available. My favorite is the pearl hair cuff design. I like the fact that I don't have to have locs, braids, or twists to wear the Hair Cuff in my hair. I've worn one with a braid and bantu knot out. Its a very versatile hair accessory. Visit Accented Glory's online store to purchase!
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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!