TWO BEAUTIFUL years of amazing growth!
Wooohoooo it’s a celebration!!! My natural hair is TWO YEARS OLD!!! It seriously feels like just the other day I was sitting up in my room sometime after midnight, with scissors in my shaky hands snipping away. It also feels like just yesterday since I shared my Natural Hair Journey With YOU (HERE). Man oh Man! Time sure does fly!!! The night I cut my hair was the powerful start of my journey of personal transformation, & since then I have made conscious efforts to redefine myself by focusing on inner beauty rather than outer.
Two years ago my focus was solely on finding what worked and did not work with my hair, and that’s why my greatest tip will always be, “find a hair regimen that works for you!” & stick with it. You will only know this by learning from trial and error. When I first cut off my relaxed ends I would deep condition literally every single week, I shampooed once or twice a month depending on buildup and moisturized my hair if not every day then every other day!!! I did not take a magical pill. My three key ingredients were and still are patience, consistency and care!
Sooo uhhmmm YES! This is a BIG BIG BIG DEAL to me!!! & yeah yeah yeah I know that this may seem so trivial to many, but based on my personal experience I truly believe a woman’s hair holds so much more meaning than we are actually aware of. I mean our hair can tell someone who we are without having us to utter a single word. Crazy right?!
Women or younger gals out there who cut off their beautiful tresses are really cutting off so much more than hair…& trust me, I would know! When I did my big chop I didn’t just let go of my beloved hair, I also let go of so much more…a part of my identity! I say ‘identity’ because I was one of those gals who used their ‘long straight, relaxed hair’ to define themselves. YES ME! & back then I could not bare to even think of myself as ‘Natasha the Jamaican gal with SHORT, natural hair’ because then I only identified myself as that girl with the long straight hair. My hair was my security blanket to shield and protect, it signified beauty and femininity and it was also my little secret weapon at the time to tease and entice…my hair signified HOW I THOUGHT OF MYSELF!The morning after I cut off my relaxed hair!!!
My natural hair journey has really been a world wind of an experience. At the start of my journey I lacked confidence and struggled to embrace my natural hair, so I hid behind my long relaxed hair for many years. Two years have now past and I have learned to embrace me, embrace my natural hair and love it more than ever before. That said, whether you have a super big 3B curly FRO or a teeny weeny 4C afro, it has and will always be important for me to ensure that my fellow natural sisters feel confident with their natural hair.
To anyone who is scared of going natural, or doing the BIG CHOP remember that regardless of anyone’s opinion, your hair should be representative of you and no one else, because at the end of the day, it is YOU who has to look in the mirror and see yourself. Don’t allow anyone to define your beauty, focus on inner beauty just as equally as you do on outer beauty.
I know! I know! I blabbered a bit much today, but can you blame me? Today really is a meaningful day for me, and I think it forever will be. It’s an amazing feeling to know that I am able to at least motivate one or some of you. I am very proud of my hair progress over the course of two years and I am always willing to share what contributed to that progress to anyone who asks. That’s one of the reasons I created StylishLee.com…so you are all able to use it as a resource while on your journey. I truly do hope I will continue to be a source of inspiration for those of you facing insecurities about your hair. I love you all so much! Stay motivated on your journey and don’t give up. I’m working on some natural hair posts just for you and I promise I’ll have an updated hair routine post very soon!!