Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural

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Style Hacks to Reduce Tension


I love visualizations! This is just a shareable graphic on some styling hacks to reduce tension. Are you on Pinterest? I am! Follow pursuitofnatural over there. And if you like this post, take a second to like this post. ❤



Dear Newly Natural Me: Let It (Combs) Go



Dear Newly Natural Me,

We need to talk about detangling.

You’ve tried three different shower/detangling/wide-tooth combs now, and all of them snag and break your strands. You’re only hanging on to the tool because it’s supposed to make the job faster and easier, but you painstakingly inch your way up from the ends, like they said to do in all those tutorials, and ten minutes later you still haven’t reached halfway up the hair shaft. Maybe if you get a seamless comb, or a denman, or emptied an entire bottle of conditioner on your head–stop! Let it go.

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Overwhelmed by Natural Hair


I think it’s pretty normal to feel overwhelmed as a new natural. I’ve written before about information overload.

For a lot of us we traded in running combs through straight hair for figuring out how to untangle kinks and coils with just our fingers. We went from knowing our favorite brand of hair grease (and our momma’s momma’s favorite brand) to trying to figure out which ingredients to avoid. And how come our textures can’t all pull off the same hairstyles?

It’s a lot.

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New Growth: It’s Okay



I would’ve felt even better about going natural if there were more support around me.

But it wasn’t necessary.

It would’ve been easier if people close to me understood the purpose behind it.

But they didn’t need to.

Going natural was a reminder that it is okay to decide and do a thing for myself without being overly-concerned about how other people perceived it.

But we aren’t islands, as the saying goes…

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REPOST: Mini Hair Vaycays

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hairvaycayTHUMB Full-sized wallpaper in the gallery!

Sometimes I don’t realize just how much hair I have on my head until it’s time to take it down for a break down session. Girl. It is a blessing & a time sink.

So, then I think, “Ah! I’ll just put it all away in an fancy protective style!” and soon remember that, too, is a blessing and a major time sink.

There is a happy middle, which I like to call the mini hair vaycay. I just put away some, not all, of my hair for a few weeks. It’s faster than installing the protective style on my whole head, and with less free hair, it shaves off time from my regular styling and maintenance.

I did this with the sides of my head, AKA my struggle areas. Installing mini twists took no time at all and lasted weeks. My daily sessions went…

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Stock Art – June 2018


Quick announcement: A brand new set is up on the stock art page! Avant Ava is all about color–watercolor to be precise–creativity, and inspiration.

Head over and check it out. All artwork on the page is free to use!

Also read: my previous post explaining the stock art project.


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