Volume 56: It’s Only Natural…
Hey! I’ll hop right in because I’m excited. As a permed player, I of course advocate for my permed ladies but never with the intention to slight my natural hair beauties. So, I have this friend by way of Atlanta — Marketing creative. Public Relations maven. Writer. Natural. Queenly. Hilarious. Good Vibes representative. Janessa Bailey. Janessa is here to bless you with her words on her natural hair journey so, enjoy 🙂 .
One Janessa Bailey
Janessa: As a blogger myself, I cannot express how excited I am to hop over to Sarah’s page and give her audience as many beneficial words as I possibly can. Though Sarah is the queen of straightened, laid to the Gawds, blow in the wind type hair, I prefer a look a little closer to the motherland.
That’s right – I’m natural. With hopes that I’ll be featured on this blog again, I’ll start at the beginning of my hair journey, and we’ll work our way through.
If you’re thinking about going natural, know that anxiety is perfectly acceptable. My hair had been relaxed literally longer than I could remember, and I was quick to get that creamy crack every six weeks, eight during the winter months.
But once I graduated from college and moved out on my own, I wanted to feel a little freer. You see, coming into one’s self can be a complicated process – full of exploration, risks, and giving things up to Jesus. But it’s what I wanted to do, so I went about my transitioning process.
Y’all. Transitioning is no joke. It’s a time when you really see what both you and your hair are made of. It’s a battle of texture, confidence, and will. I chose to let my roots grow until I was comfortable enough to chop, and it worked beautifully. The curling wand became my best friend as I twirled and swirled my straight strands into big spirals that blended into that good 4C new growth.
I would have held on to my straight ends longer, but alas, my fro was ready to break free. I found myself struggling with a very distinct line of demarcation between my natural and my remaining straight hair and that breakage was not cute. It was time to let go of the old and come with something fresh, new, and outrageously coily.
So now I’m here. A year and eight months since my last relaxer, one year without heat, and 10 months natural. I love it, and our dear Sarah has been encouraging every step of the way. Like myself, Sarah knows that your hair is your expression. It’s how you greet the world and say “this is who I am and this is what I love.”
Natural strands are just as precious (and even sometimes more fragile) than those that are relaxed, so I’m very selective about who handles my head. I can’t wait to see Sarah this week, so that she can work some style magic with my funky fro. Even though I live in Atlanta, I still live and breathe for her hair care and advice, and you should too!
Relaxed, natural, weaved up or fro-ed out, NOTHING should come between you and healthy hair. Trust a pro like her, and we’ll all be unstoppable. Until next time, my loves!
Sarah here,…I told you she’d be great. 😛 Visit clevareverie.com — if you want to read more from Janessa (trust me you do!).
I’ll be out of town this week and next week’s availability will be in the upcoming post. Until next time – Peace!
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All my Love & Appreciation,