When I was a little girl my mother never told me I had good hair, instead she chopped it all off as a way to make it easier to maintain.Â She didn’t have to worry about it but that is all I did, worry.
If I would have beenÂ told I had good hair, maybe I wouldn’t have grown up with such a complex aboutÂ who I was and what I looked like.Â FromÂ the time I can remember I was always self conscience about my hair and ultimatelyÂ who I was.Â I wasn’t proud but instead IÂ was ashamed.Â Ashamed that I looked likeÂ a boy, ashamed that my hair didn’t flow to and fro, ashamed that I couldn’tÂ style it, make it lay down or any of the styles I saw the children around meÂ doing but at some point I wouldn’t let her cut it anymore.Â Instead IÂ tried Â letting it grow but to myÂ dismay it wouldn’tÂ grow very much.Â Most of my life the extent of my hair growthÂ was at best shoulder length and that was with the “aide” ofÂ straightening combs and later on perms.Â I even tried the Scurl, sad but true.Â It wasn’t untilÂ years after I gave birth to my son, which was a huge turning point in my
life.Â Prior to his birth I read manyÂ books on how to prepare my body,Â it wasÂ a goal of mine to bring him into the world as healthy as I could.Â With the knowledge I gained and theÂ persistence of his father stating how he wanted to lock his hair, I startedÂ thinking about it myself.Â My grandmotherÂ had always had dreadlocks, well as far back as my memory allows me to recallÂ and so it wasn’t anything too out of the ordinary.Â I was always in awe of the length at whichÂ her natural hair had grown and I knew deep down inside of me that mine couldÂ grow to at least past my shoulders, which was at that time my goal.
On the 1st day inÂ January of 2006, I made the decision to do it! Â I had already stopped using perms and was wearing my hair naturally butÂ as many of you know, if you have curly hair and/or African genes your natural hairÂ appears to be much shorter than it’s true length, so I still had not reached myÂ “past shoulder length goal” even when I tugged on it to stretch itÂ out.Â It was around this time that I tookÂ being healthy to the next level, researching ingredients, reading andÂ innerstanding labels, throwing out all the crap that sat under the bathroomÂ sink, you know the so called beauty products and I started fresh,Â naturally.Â As I was just starting myÂ journey I didn’t know about the depths of ingredients as I do today but I knewÂ that less was better.
Today, February 7,Â 2015Â I couldn’t be happier or more proudÂ of my hair journey.Â The lastÂ time I measured the length of my locs theyÂ were about 23 inches long!!! That’s
right, they land right above my hips!Â Never in a million years did I think MY hair would grow this long and all naturallyÂ at that.Â I don’t put a single chemical,Â rarely any heat, never any dyes and only products that I have created viaÂ MyCoCreations.Â My favorite products are Earthy Essentials Shampoo, which rinses squeakyÂ clean and doesn’t leave a residue, our IslandÂ Vibez Conditioner which leaves my locs soft and silky while moisturizingÂ my scalp and our White Chocolate Body ButterÂ which I apply in between washes to add some moisture, vitamins and an amazingÂ aroma.Â Every once in awhile I will do aÂ vinegar rinse to balance the pH and give a little extra cleanse to them andÂ finally I use ourÂ Whipped Hair Kreme/Loc JamÂ from time to time where I apply to the ends of my locs where it tends to get aÂ little dry.
So, ladies and menÂ please take the time to let your children know that they have good hair, theyÂ just need to learn to care for it by eating properly and not trying to force itÂ to be something it’s not, whether that be through coloring, styling, frequentÂ cutting, heat application and/or chemical application.Â Something I recentlyÂ learned from listening to Sherrice Sledge,Â certified herbalist via this (blog talk radio interview) is that when you cut yourÂ hair often you are training it to not to grow. Â It makes so much sense to me why I had challenges with my hair as aÂ youth and if I knew then what I know now, I would probably be tripping over myÂ naturally lovely hair!
Always Keeping it Natural (AKIN)!