In October 2017 I officially decided to wear my natural hair. I have honestly been natural for years, but never took the time to actually wear my hair in its natural state and apply the necessary products that would help to make it curly. But as 2017 came to a close I was tired of wearing weaves and constantly getting asked questions about my install.
I really couldn’t be mad at the questions, because at the time I was working at a hair boutique so it was somewhat of a requirement for me to always rock the different textures that were available in the store, but after a while it became so annoying. I started to become exhausted and irritated with the constant questions from women such as, what type of hair I was wearing or who applied my install. I was also running out of weave hairstyles and was completely over the process of installing the hair and then removing it. All the females out there that are familiar with weaves know that the process is extremely strenuous, which led my patience to wear thin.
Although I didn’t want to wear weaves anymore I never actually had the courage to wear my own hair until I started watching natural hair videos on YouTube along with the encouragement from my family and friends. I am so happy I listened to them and followed along with tutorials on YouTube. It was truly the best decision I could have made for my sanity and for my hair. It turned out so much better than I expected and was honestly a lot healthier than I thought it would be too. I spent years flat ironing my leave out while I wore a sew-in and even though weaves are considered protective styles I only really treated my hair when I remembered.
Fast forward to July 2018 and I have completely switched up my products and have managed to love and embrace my natural hair. The photos below are from earlier this month when I attended #Curlfest in Brooklyn, New York.
To achieve this curl pattern I used all of these products below:
If someone would have tried to encourage me to wear my natural hair and told me that I would love it i probably wouldn’t have believed them, but I am so happy that I made the decision to wear my natural hair and take the necessary steps to maintain it. This is why it was so important for me to attend Curlfest this year. I felt that it was necessary for me to be amongst other people who have embraced their natural hair in a world that encourages you to have straight hair. I needed to see people with different curl types that have managed to accept themselves for who they truly are and appreciate their hair texture.
Now that I have worn my natural hair out it’s really hard for me to go back to wearing weaves. Don’t get me wrong I have my days where I go on Instagram and see a woman with straight hair and it makes me want to consider getting a weave, but if I did it would definitely be temporary. By temporary I mean just for a few weeks because I wanted a different look.
I am so proud of my hair and I can’t wait to see how it progresses in the months and years to come. I will keep you guys updated on the products that I am using as well as on the growth.