Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural


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Dear Newly Natural Me: Can’t Nobody Tell You Nothing

 

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Dear Newly Natural Me,

Don’t shave your head bald. I know it hurts for family to be so constantly disparaging of your choice to go natural, but your hair is not the problem. Getting rid of it will solve nothing. Deep down, you know that. You know it because you’ve read the testimonies of other naturals, the history, the basic psychology behind this kneejerk repulsion to your kinks and coils. And I know it is an entirely different thing to read about it than to face it.

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Dear Newly Natural Me: Don’t Listen to Evil Kermit

 

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Dear Newly Natural Me,

What’s it been, nine months of amazing growth and length retention since the big chop? Nine months of consistent protective styling, of loving on your fro and nurturing those coils. You know that Evil Kermit meme about straightening your natural hair? He’s coming, wielding a flat iron and demanding you show off your length. Don’t listen!

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Dear Newly Natural Me: Let It (Combs) Go

 

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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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