Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural


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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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PoN: Stock Art

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Hi all! Today’s the day I start rolling out my stock art collection! Last year, I asked fellow bloggers to share their thoughts on the role of illustration in blogging. This year, I took all the responses and started working on an initial collection.

Follow the link to visit my stock art page. And make sure you subscribe to this blog to receive notifications of new additions.

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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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New Growth: Choosing Me

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Self-Care Is Not Easy

When I’m sick, I don’t hesitate to reclaim as much of my time and energy as I can. It’s an automatic thing to prioritize my health over any other demands. Self-care should always be so effortless. It’s not that way for everyone.

For me, the everyday kind of self-care is like a muscle that that only gets stronger with consistent use–a type of resolve obtained only with lots of practice. It is a conscious exercise, not an automatic one, in choosing me over someone else.

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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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