When I have the opportunity to try new products for my hair I feel like a kid in a candy store. It is overwhelming yet exciting as my heart fills with anticipation for great results. For this next challenge we were asked to use Going-Natural products to create a Motjo Kumba hairstyle. I’m sure you’re asking, “What is a Motjo Kumba?” Well, I started scratching my head and realized I needed to do some research as well. Although I did not find a written or oral style explanation, Mireille Liong is a great source who she shared her knowledge and hands-on experience.
The bridal hairstyles turned out to be little challenging for me this time. Realizing the fact that I could not add extensions to my hair caused me to feel a little anxiety. I am a natural hair newbie all over again and choosing a wedding style was a lot for me.
The Harlem Renaissance always intrigued me while growing up. Since I am a lover of artistic expression it’s easy to see why. It all started in 1920 when many African Americans participated in the Great Migration from the south in search of greener pastures up north. Harlem, New York became the epicenter for many legendary leaders and prominent figures of our culture today. Who knew this time period would develop a stroke of genius in the music, art, theatre, and literary realm.
When, why how did you go natural?
I went natural in 2007 at the request of my boyfriend at the time and in efforts to save money and stop damaging my hair. I transitioned by letting my hair grow out and cutting the perm off an inch or two at a time.
I Love being a Naturalista!!
My Natural hair journey began while I was pregnant with my daughter Zaina (now almost 17 months). I decided to STOP getting relaxers, my hair was overly processed and thinning out! As I began to transition the stares and comments started to come full circle..”What’s wrong with your hair?” “You need to perm that ish!” And the most devastating of all is these words came from black men and women! I was really discouraged but I had a deeper reason as to why I wanted to STOP the creamy crack, I was having a little Goddess and I knew she would look up to me and imitate me…I wanted to be at my very best for her nd show her how beautiful our Natural beauty is!
My journey to become a healthier, more happier me consisted of many critical decisions…I had to eat better, think better, surround myself with better people…I had to DO better!
As I transitioned I let my hair do what it wanted pretty much, I wanted it to do its thang and boy oh boy..did it! It grew out fast and thick over my 10 months of pregnancy…the prenatal vitamins were the best!
On January 14th, 2010 I gave birth to a 6 pound 4 ounce 22 inch Princess!!! Yay I was soooo happy!! When she was 10 days old I went for the Big Chop….I decided enough is enough, I wanted it all gone! Seeing my hair fall to the floor was liberating, freeing and it felt as if a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders! And if I must say so myself, I looked good! My family and friends were shocked to see me rocking a Tiny Fro and putting it mildly they weren’t too happy about it..but it was my hair and I did it for my daughter! People often ask me how I got up enough courage to cut it off and I give all credit to my daughter..she was my courage, my motivation and my strength throughout my journey!
Now I’m approaching 17 months all Natural and it has been a great Journey….I have learned self-LOVE, and self-ACCEPTANCE!!!
For all the newly naturals…don’t fret over the stares or comments, going Natural is a journey well worth it! And always remember…GOD never makes mistakes and our Natural hair is no exception!!
Be Beautiful, being you SiSTARS!!!
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