When I got pregnant, there was a switch that went off in my head and I immediately found myself hating all things natural hair lol. I had once looked forward to wash day and all the TLC my hair would receive. Now… I literally cringe at the thought of touching my hair.
I can remember a point when I DESPERATELY desired for someone else to do my hair. Y’all… I found the closest natural hair salon I could. I booked an appointment and was so excited to head to the shop. That afternoon, I pulled up ECSTATIC that this hair would be someone else’s problem to deal with. Imagine me getting there and the stylist told me I had booked for next week. When I booked, all I saw was “Thursday” and I assumed it was the same day. I drove away and bawled real tears. I mean snotty nose and everything.
A few days later, I booked an appointment for individual braids with Braids By Bah, a popular Atlanta braiding shop, and I almost cried again. This time tears of JOY. I was so happy to be able to wake up and go. Protective styles have always been my go-to and per usual, it did not disappoint. But of course, all good things must come to and end. After 8 weeks, the braids had to go and at this point, I truly thought about grabbing scissors and going to town. You all can thank my husband for consistently talking me off the ledge because I promise you, if left to my own devices, I’d be bald by now.
I managed to do a twist-out to celebrate the New Year but that was it. Even that was an all-day affair of washing, detangling, and twisting. I literally felt like the scales had fallen from my eyes 😂 All of a sudden, I FINALLY understood what everyone meant when they said "natural hair takes too long.... I don't know how you do it." I truly don't know either. I decided the only way to keep this natural hair thing going was to start getting it professionally done until I regained enough strength to do it myself. Since the start of 2021, my hair has been in the hands of another, and I have no regrets. Check out the hairstyles that have kept me going. Shoutout to Sade's Natural Hair Studio in Macon, GA .
Between you and I, I am 60% ready to do something different and start locs lol. BUT I KNOW I WILL MISS MY BRAIDSSSSSS. Ugh. I’ve been rocking braids since I was 15 months old and I just don’t know if I’m ready to give that life up. Stay tuned lol
To the reader who is ready to give up on their natural coils, hang on and hang strong. Even the most natural-loving people have their bad weeks (read: months) where they get frustrated with their hair. Consider low maintenance hair styles like flat-twists or more protective styles like braids and cornrows to get you over the hump. Hair in itself is truly a journey. Like any good journey, there are highs and definitely lows. We’ve all been there. As I type this, I’m still there 😂. Many of you have asked where’s the hair content? Well sis, here it is.