Mic Check 1...2....1...2....
Is this thing on? Tap…tap…..tap….I feel like I am stepping up to the mic, vulnerable, exposed and truthfully me. I have felt this way before 7 years ago as I stood in the mirror sweating and nervous. At that time, I contemplated cutting my hair and launching into the deep by doing the “big chop”. This feeling is familiar to me. You don’t know what is on the other side but you are hopeful. Hopeful to find like- minded people to join you on this journey to share tips, pictures, hair goals, product reviews and memories.
I thought my journey started the day that I cut my hair, but I realized the journey started the moment my parents heard “It’s a girl!” The same way I felt when I heard “it’s a girl” my heart sank and I thought oh no I will have so much pressure to make sure her hair is always done. The journey then begins. I remember sitting during recess and kids making fun of my hair asking me if I was a boy because my hair was cut like a boy. I cried so hard that day and used my first curse word that day. The hatred I felt towards my hair came very strongly. So much so that, I asked my parents to give me what is called a relaxer, aka creamy crack.
Chile, that day we all crowded into a tiny bathroom. My dad was tasked with reading the directions from the kit. My mom was tasked to be the applicator and follow directions. My brothers were tasked to hold me down. I was screaming in agony and just cried and cried. It was a traumatic experience. I remember it, like I was hugging the toilet base crying for the burning to stop. I’m sure it was not that dramatic but close to it. I promise you I felt like Naomi Campbell going back to school the next day, though!
For a long time, I rocked my relaxed hair with the wispy ends. It always broke off at a certain point. Trust me the breaking point was not a long point it was a very short point. Right above the ear is the point where it always broke off. I thought my pillow was eating my hair at night, it was that bad. I never had the hang time I longed for, like the relaxer box picture. I never achieved it with relaxed hair. That point I decided to do the big chop in hopes for stronger, fuller, healthier and longer hair.
I have learned a lot of thing throughout my continuous journey and I would love to share everything I know with you. Let’s get to know each other. We are basically family….I am a natural hair lover and I am stepping up to the mic.