In about an hour I’m going to see my fabulous stylist – Ray Elle to get a fresh hairdo. I discovered the joy that is Curly Nikki who offers incredible advice and commentary for naturals: http://www.curlynikki.com/.
My natural journey started when I was 17 years old. I did a big chop and decided to loc (dreadlock) my hair:
I was in the middle of an intense self-discovery mission. My theme songs were “Video” by India Arie and “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” by Lauryn Hill. It was the first time that I was hearing songs on the radio by women that looked like me and they had both embraced their natural hair texture.
Here are some photos from my loc journey that lasted 10 years:
My loc journey taught me so much. There were some days where my hair would not behave the way I wanted to. I had to just embrace it and accept it. When my hair was really short I had to get used to the shape of my head. It brought out my bolder, more assertive and more charismatic side. I had my locs combed out (You do not have to have them cut, you can have them picked out, it just takes forever and you can’t be “tenderheaded.” You also lose a lot of length and may experience some thinning). Essentially my natural hair forced me to fall in love with the woman in the mirror. I made eye contact with the God(dess) inside of me.
I added some color and some weave (*gasp* you’re never supposed to tell!!!) The thing I like about weave (sew-in) is that it is very versatile and easy. I also didn’t have to perm my hair and could keep my natural texture. Basically, your hair is cornrowed/french braided and whatever you like is “sewn” in to the braids. Sew-ins are great “transitional” styles:
And here I am today, with my little Afro. I don’t plan on getting a perm ever again, after all I haven’t had one in 12 years. So I’m planning to rock different styles the same way I did with my locs. Check back Monday, I have some fierce hairstyle ideas for all the afro haired ladies!
Check out this gallery I published for loc hairstyle ideas: http://donnienicole.com/2010/06/13/loc-hairstyles/admire1-vi/ and remember to come back Monday for more natural hairstyle ideas ;)