Sooo…It’s almost 6 months since I big chopped..and what a six months it has been…I guess you could call this my ‘half 1st year anniversary’ (I know that doesn’t make sense).
Anyway. …in that time I have fallen in love with my natural hair, cried over it, dreamt I permed it again and seriously considered it, fallen in love with it again..and so the cycle goes..
According to research (puts on spectacles for that serious look), I have what the experts call 4c hair…which just means that I have that stubborn, coily, almost unmanageable, make you wanna cry, kind of hair. See for yourself…
Nappy, kinky, coily
This is why I’ve spent the better part of six months with my hair braided in different ‘protective’ styles (I don’t get that whole protective styling thing, hence the air quotes…what makes it protective anyway?) kinda like this…
Twists/Afro Kinky Twists
I haven’t quite gotten into making my own oils and potions, so i would lie if i said i use the ‘Lock-in method’, or is it called ‘Green house effect’…my hair regime consists mainly of Shea butter and some pretty good shampoo and conditioner. A friend and fellow naturalista advised me to invest in some of these home made conditioners to help improve the texture of my hair, so i am considering it, but I draw the line at the green house.
Despite my lazyness (lets call a spade by its proper name name) I have seen some good growth…
…although I find that my hair is at that funny length where its not short enough that my TWA comes out right (I think), and its not long enough to tie into a puff… (hence the temptation to perm it)…. but I have decided to perservere with my natural look.
Yes, I’m going to stick it out, despite the funny looks from my brother and the sarcastic comments from workmates about whether ‘that hair is per approved dress code policy’ (Zambia is still so far from embracing the ‘Natural movement’, if at all one can call it that, especially in the professional environment…but that’s a debate for another day, and probably for someone with the energy to fight it)
Instead I have decided to get a lil bit more creative with my styling…
My latest hair style has me with some patterned cornrows, leaving out the front of my hair for that ‘wash n’ go effect. What do you think?
I quite like it.
Not sure if my employers will appreciate my efforts though.
I don’t care.