It so happens that most of my friends and my sisters keep natural hair. And whenever I ask “Are you loving the natural life?”, the response usually goes something like this ” I love my natural hair, but…”
There is no escaping shrinkage when you choose to become natural. I was once a shrinkage meme even 😂.
But think I have unconsciously tried to avoid styling my hair in it’s shrunken state at all cost through out my 4 years of being natural. This only dawned on me when I was going through old photos on my Instagram this week, and pictures don’t lie.
I’ve literally styled my hair in a bun majority of the time.
I even took the infamous bun to Miss Cameroon South Africa, competed in it and was later crowned in it!
(My sisters, Faith & Elma)
So when I realised this, I did some introspection to pin point why I did not fully embrace my shrinkage.
- New growth
My hair grows relatively quickly when treated right. I guess I felt styling my hair in any form other than stretched out, will be robbing me of total enjoyment of my growth.
- Unsure how to properly style
I am not one of those natural hair gurus who can whip out the most amazing twist outs, Bantu know outs and have these glorious curls! I try but they don’t always come out great. So instead of looking like I got electrified, I’d rather stick to what I know – The bun.
But there has been a reawakening my sistassss🙌🙌🙌 or brother😬. This past week I started properly caring for my hair again, after a brief period of neglect due to my hectic academic life. And I suddenly don’t really want to do only buns anymore. I actually really like how I look in my shrunken hair! I love it so much that I’ve actually worn a combed out afro all week.
Shrinkage or no shrinkage, I love my natural hair, my crown of glory👑. In the upcoming weeks, I will share my new regime, hair care related posts and recipes for my hair concuctions!
Tell me what you love about your natural hair! Let’s spread some hair love today 😄.