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The Truth About #TeamNatural

The Truth About #TeamNatural

I have natural hair but i never talk about it. You see, my natural hair and I have a Samson-Samson hair relationship. It has a mind of its own and sometimes we fight (physically) and end up not speaking to each other. We find ourselves in that situation where I do not "LOC", comb or twist it and in turn, it does everything it can, to make me look crazy. Tit for Tat.

However, i enjoy watching other girls be proud of their advancements. I love the girls on YouTube, they are the only reason I cut my hair in the first place because I knew there was a huge resource of natural hair hacks and care routines to draw from.

They make it look so easy though. No one ever gives you the ‘A-hem, this thing is work’ talk. The same way mothers never tell their daughters about labour in detail. Lol.

I think about relaxing my hair every week. I do. Every single week. Then i remember my whole shelf of natural hair products, supplements and the $500 i must have spent on hairpins.

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There are days that i want to shave my head bald with Ed's clippers, walk around town and air-bath my scalp.  *grunt* All these laments, still, i've never regretted going natural. My hair does this thing where it shrinks to a fifth of its size and makes me look like a member of the Commodores but I love it still. It grows out unadulterated and untamed. It drives me nuts but then all I have to do is dig my fingers into my roots and I feel the deepest sense of pride for this dark thicket of crazy curls! My merry fuss.

I speak for everyone myself when I say, this hair thing is work! It's time consuming, the hair is like its own person and drinks products in gulps.

If you are planning to go natural, then, let me tell you; you are about to have really strong arms, long chats with your hair, a very patient, nurturing temperament, at least 8 bottles of essential oils and all the pride in the world!

Happy 1 year anniversary to my hair. Well, 1 year and 18 days. We haven't been talking for 18 days.

Are you natural? How far along are you? Do you have a perm? Would you ever try this crazy road?  

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