THE NATURALISTA OF OUR TIME
What is new in the world of fashionistas all around the world, african fashionistas is the natural hair movement. Well being the fashionista that I like to think I am on some days, I decided to join in on the trend. Let me tell you, I had a not so short, relatively healthy artificially made blonde hair. And then I had the big chop i.e shaving of head, African queen style (“fadan” I became bald), a very bold move though. I made the descision thinking I made a very wise and cheap one only for me to discover that natural hair no be beans at all. I have to invest a great deal of my allowance into buying different products, deep condition every two weeks, regular washing every other week, use all the natural oils in the world.
So far I’ve considered relaxing my 3 months old (sadly shorter than most of its mates by the way) natural hair a million and one times, but then I look at all these fine naturalistas on instagram and I can’t wait for my hair to grow that long and my shakara will know no bounds. To properly maintain natural you have to:
- Be ready to spend money, so many products out there sister if you want that soft bouncy afro. if you like thirsty and dry hair you don’t have to spend a dime.
- You cannot afford to be lazy. Washing day is not play day, after spending time deep conditioning, you have to detangle, lets not talk of you having to do twist outs or braid your hair every night, you have to always think about your hair when making plans.
- You will not always look good, instagram babes can deceive ehn, their hair doesn’t always come out so perfect or beautiful on some days it does some not.
- Bad hair day is every other day including washing day when you deal with shrinkage and everyone is asking why you cut your hair. And all these gets boring
The funny part is even after you know all these, you still want to keep natural hair. I must tell you, it is very versatile, strong and equally beautiful, that alone is enough reason for me to love my natural hair plus I’ve gotten a million and one toasters since my big chop.