Experiences are a writer's biggest resource. I'm forever learning through my interactions. The things I see, feel, smell and touch. I love to explore both the known and the unknown. While I create content for illustration, dramatic purposes, you will get to know me as a person as there is always a piece of me in my writings. I'm versatile in my writing. I find great pleasure in all that I write. And if my writings evoke a response, positive or negative, inspire a person or two, that's a bonus.
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Tidbits About Me
If I am going to talk about myself, then let me start with my 4c natural hair.
I like accessories in my hair. Makes me feel feminine!
Sometime last year, I made the bold decision to do away with my straightened (processed) hair. What prompted this is the shock I got one day when I saw a picture of a beautiful black supermodel online whose hairline was receding. In fact, she did not have hair at the edges at all. It pained me to see this beautiful, black queen with only half her hair. That's when it hit me. I was not going to let my hair deteriorate like that. I was going to make changes to maintain my God-given natural crown.
I've got the Afrothing going on
All black women with 4c hair like mine know that it is not the easiest to manage. However, that does not mean that processed hair or having a weave makes it any easier. Every style one chooses comes with its own challenges. For example, when I used to straighten my hair, I dreaded going to the salon because sometimes the chemicals burnt my scalp. At times it took days, even weeks, for my scalp to heal. I endured this because processing my hair made it softer and easier to manage, or so I thought. But, I have since realised that my 4c hair can be just as easy to maintain and so much fun if you know how. I now know the kind of products that gel well with my hair. Products that retain moisture and gives it a shine as well as strengthening it. Not only that, I love the different styles that come with different lengths. Short. Medium. Long. At the moment, my hair is transitioning to medium.
Styling can be fun
I love that as a black woman with 4c hair, I am not restricted to one style. I can experiment with different hairstyles to suit my mood. However, preparation is crucial if I am to exploit the natural hairstyles fully. My hair needs moisture. Lots of it. Depending on the style I have in mind, I can twist it, braid it with my own hair, straighten it using wool, wrap it or simply tie it. What I now understand is that I need to give myself ample time to style my hair. Again, it all depends on the style I am going for at any one given time. Some hairstyles are easy, some time-consuming and may not always be possible to do, especially if I need to rush to work in the morning.
Natural Black African hair is the most versatile hair I know. As a black woman with 4c natural hair, I have options when it comes to what I can do with it. I for one quickly get bored with just one style, so this is ideal. Sometimes I switch to braids. Braids have been a part of Black African hair for generations. For me, the primary purpose for having braids is to protect my natural hair. If you live in a cold climate as I do, then you will know that natural 4c hair tends to become brittle and break easily. So, to protect my hair from the cruel weather elements, I braid it. It also saves me time on busy days, and it’s always a welcome change for me. Also a much-needed break from all that combing and twisting. With braids, you can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like.
Besides box braids and cornrows, I have also experimented with crotchet braids which give my mane a more bouncy look.When I am having a bad hair day or can't be bothered to style my own hair, I slap on a wig. All these are ways to protect natural hair from the adverse weather. Ways to spice things up a bit.
They say, if a woman cuts her hair there's no going back. I don't know if it applies here, but the decision to cut my hair was the best decision I ever made. There's no going back for me. My edges which had begun to thin are starting to recover. Not only do I feel fantastic and more confident being able to rock my natural hair in different styles, but my hair also looks and feels healthy. I cannot wait to explore more hairstyles with my 4c hair as it continues to grow.