“To be, or not to be” that is the question naturally speaking of course. So, after much urging from my son I decided to take the plunge once again and embrace what I was born with…natural hair. He would ask me “Mom, why are you ashamed of wearing your hair natural?” and my reply would always be “I’m not (with attitude)! I’m just waiting until I hit the big 5-oh”.
Ten months before my 50th birthday, I stopped relaxing so I could begin making the transition. I started wearing cornrows (looking like Queen Latifah in “Set It Off”), in order to have some new growth without having to cut my hair down to the white meat, LOL.
Finally, in January 2010 I went to my beautician ready for the big chop or so I thought. You know when you have those doubts like “will my head look big?” or “Will I look like a dude with my hair short?” etc, etc. Subconsciously, I was still trying to fit in society’s box of what black women’s hair should look like to be acceptable to the masses. However, I didn’t have long to ponder those doubts because before I could blink she had a handful of my hair and began snipping away.
After 20 years of chemical dependency (hair crack), I was finally free. I said, “Good-bye to scalp burns, hair breakage, and shedding like a shaggy dog. And hello to My Natural Is Beautiful!!
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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!