natural hair transition
I love the twitterverse. It allowed me to meet V of ‘My Natural Me’. V is newly devoted natural diva who is finding the true meaning and love for natural coils! You can experience her journey, inner hair beauty views and features of other naturals worldwide! This week V has a Soul Purpose giveaway, so check it out. V was also gracious enough to feature Kinnks on her blog as well!
“Girl Is You Crazy!!!”
(Purposeful use of “Is” LOL)
That is exactly what I ask myself when I think about how long my natural transition was. You see, my last relaxer was in December 2007. However, my “real” natural journey did not start until two years later. I stopped getting my hair relaxed for a couple of reasons. The main reason was that I had moved to a new place and wasn’t familiar with the salons in the area. I moved to a highly Hispanic populated area in PA and black stylist were not a regular that you saw everyday. I also got tired of doing the kitchen beautician method of relaxing my own hair as I am sure that I over processed the MESS out of it! I always wanted to experiment with being natural, but never had the guts to do it.
As a young child, I had no frame of reference for “other.” Where I grew up everyone was like me, they played outside till the street lights came on, got their hair pressed in the kitchen for church on Sundays, and when playing tag tried their hardest not to be it. But in the second grade, I learned what “other” was and I was it.
In second grade, my family moved to a predominately white neighborhood, where I was one of five Black students in my school. While I focused on how different everyone acted, they were focused on how different I appeared. For my peers the largest difference was not my skin but my hair. They were amazed by my versatility. They could not understand that in one month’s time, I would have braids, twist and even hair as long and as straight as theirs.