Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural


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Overwhelmed by Natural Hair

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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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Dear Newly Natural Me: The Rest Comes With Time

 
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Dear Newly Natural Me,

I know you’ve done the math. I know you know it will take some time to grow your hair out. But, did you know that it takes time to grow your hair out?

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REPOST: Mini Hair Vaycays

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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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Dear Newly Natural Me: Day 3 Hair is a Lie

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Dear Newly Natural Me,

You read an article on CurlyNikki about how she easily achieved 3-, 4-, or 5-day hair (I don’t remember which–it’s been years!) You read her a lot. You know she has a different hair type than yours. I know you’re bookmarking the page and holding out hope for when you get some length.

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Dealing with A Lot of Hair (Maintenance)

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Hair amnesia. It’s what happens when you’ve had your hair in a protective style for an extended period.

Come take down, I will legit forget just how much hair is compacted into each twist. I start unravelling them, thinking, “Oh, it’s just a dozen or so sections,” and then I wonder WHERE DID ALL THIS HAIR COME FROM OMG THIS IS GOING TO TAKE FOREVER TO DETANGLE!

Step 1: Stay calm.

And keep reading for my top tips on how to work through a lot of hair quickly and efficiently.

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Dear Newly Natural Me: Enjoy Every Stage

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This article was originally published on myyeka.com. You can find more of my articles for new naturals by following the link in the sidebar!

Enjoy Every Stage

Dear Newly Natural Me,

So, it’s just dawned on you it will be years before you have what’s generally considered to be long hair. You’re stuck with a TWA for who knows how long. Now you’re binging YouTube videos on how to style short hair–flowers, bows, hoop earrings. None of that is your style. Sponge curls? On 4C hair? Next! Make-up? NEXT!

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Dear Newly Natural Me: Information Overload is a Thing

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Did you know I wrote a whole series for new naturals over on MyYeka.com? It’s in my sidebar and everything. Just in case you’re a regular reader here but had no idea I was over there, too, I’ll be resharing all of the articles here.

Information Overload is a Thing

Dear Newly Natural Me,

Ph balance, cuticles, shed hair versus broken hair, hygral fatigue–girl, if you don’t turn off your phone and go to bed you’re going to be fatigued all day. You’ve got one inch of hair and more information than you know what to do with it. I know. You just found this other naturalista and she’s got a whole series on this other technique/style/product line that might be vital to the success of your natural hair journey. Plus she’s funny and photogenic! How photogenic do you think you’ll be on three hours of sleep?

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