Her Confessions |▶ westNDNbeauty

by West Parsons on April 9, 2012 · 4 comments

in her confessions

Photos featured in this post are circa 2004-2006

I hated my hair! — Being a broke college student was the only reason I was still natural.  At the time, I absolutely knew to get that swangin’, silky straight, and  flowing hair, the assistance of a hairdresser was a must and my pockets were not hearing anything of the such lol.  Quite frankly, in my mind, as soon as I graduated I was going to relax my hair.

My mom always told me I would learn to appreciate my hair and I am finally able to say she was right! Years later and I am still natural and now LOVING it!

As more ladies embark on their natural journey, initially many have the false sense that they are going to love their hair immediately — don’t believe the hype!  It took me over 20 years to genuinely appreciate my natural kinks and curls. A majority of that time I was wishing my hair behaved like Becky and Maria’s.  Yes — I had a false sense of my own being. I think the lack of products available geared towards my texture played a huge role.  Instead, I was left to dibble and dabble in products geared towards other ethnicities with long, flowing strands which lead me to believe my hair would be able to the same. Again — a false sense of my own being.

A majority of the hair-hating period in my life, I was a kid which can explain my false perceptions and expectations, but with all of these massive and gorgeous ‘fros out there, I know there are a few of you out there with a false perceptions as well. The more realistic we become in our expectations for our own hair, the less time we will spend possibly resenting what God has granted us with. Check out these articles:

This this video is about 2 years old, but it answers a compiled list of questions you may be interested to know about me and my hair journey.

see recent photos of my hair HERE

What was your experience in getting to know your hair?