15th August 2017
A couple of years ago, I went to do my hair at a hair salon in my home country, Zambia and I watched in horrified silence as weaved women walked in and insisted they have their weaves taken out, hair relaxed, washed, blow-dried, and flat-ironed all in one sitting! I began thinking back to my days of having relaxed hair and I realised how much work went into it all and how much money and resources I actually spent on hair.
As the lady worked on flat twisting my hair I thought about the numerous questions fellow naturals asked me: why isn’t my hair growing? Why do I need to follow a regimen? I cut my relaxed ends off, why is my hair still dry? Why doesn't my hair curl like so and so? Why? Why? Why?
A few weeks ago I had a conversation about this with a friend of mine. We delved into the mystery of how, before going natural, women spent so much time and money on their hair but suddenly want it to work for itself after they decide to go natural. We, obviously, didn’t come up with a reason (or a one size fits all solution) but we did agree that our natural hair deserves the same amount of time, money, and care that we invested on our perfectly straightened strands or imported tresses.
To be fair, what natural hair might not cost you in terms of money, it definitely makes up for in time and care and, if you don’t have the time for it, having natural hair could be an extremely tedious thing to maintain. Thats why Buuya detailed these 4 simple steps to building a natural hair regimen.
If there’s something I’ve learned from going natural it’s to be patient and listen to my hair; it’s not a fad/trend, it’s a lifestyle and, as one of my icons, Coco Chanel, puts it,
“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”
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