I was just thinking the other day about how I missed my hair. No, I haven’t cut it off or anything. It’s just with my triathlon season and recent photo shoots, I’ve been enjoying the pleasure of enhancing (adding) hair so I don’t have to wash and style it all the time. It’s great to have braids, twists, etc when you’re working out, especially in swimming, to avoid damage and spending so much time doing it.
However, I must say, I love my hair! I’ve had my natural hair for about 11 years and believe it or not, I’m still learning to do fun things with it. I decided it would be cool to share some things about natural hair. (Above are pictures from a span of time in the early years of growing my relaxed hair out). I’m all for if a woman chooses to relax her hair, color her hair or wear weave if she chooses, but it seems as though more sistas are embracing their natural coils and I love it. Honestly I prefer natural hair simply because I think its healthier and for me I like the diversity of being able to afro puff it, twist it, braid it, straighten it or whatever. But as you can see from many of my pics, I also love adding hair for exotic styles or for convenience while being active.
I do like length and have a head full of shoulder-length hair, but another thing about being in the Midwest, the cold is horrible on my hair. It makes it very dry and breaks, which is why I often have braids/twists in the winter and do as little as possible styling.
Either way you rock your crown, I think the most important part is accepting who you are and having a positive self image. It disturbs me when I hear a young girl or women say the term “good hair or bad hair”. I think all of us have good hair. To love and value how we look on the outside as well as inside is part of loving the complete person we are.
So here are some things I like to do with my hair:
– Two strand twists (with or without hair added)
– Afro puff pony tail (blowed out) the fuller the better
– Straightened with a flat iron is cool but I hardly ever do it because it requires a lot and doesn’t last too long
– Interlock braids (gives my hair a rest while still having cute curly style)
– Corn rows braids in the front with two-strand twists in the back
– Chi Silk Infusion (I swear by this product to coat my hair and makes it easier to comb & manage)
– Kinky Curly Leave In Conditioner (another product that makes it easier to comb)
– Pure Coconut Oil (I love massaging my hair with it)
I’m still learning and trying new products myself. We all have different types of hair and different products work differently on our hair. Please feel free to comment with your own product or style recommendations, thoughts on hair, likes, dislikes, and suggestions.