Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural


Thank You


Recently, WordPress notified me that I had reached 50 followers on this blog, alone. It’s a modest milestone, but a milestone that I felt should be celebrated nonetheless. Because that number represents months of personal growth and some really wonderful people in this corner of the blogosphere.

So, thank you to everyone who took the time to read, like, comment, share, and follow. A special thanks to all the supportive women who have made this community so welcoming. And a very special thanks to the women featured in the image above, who have engaged, encouraged, and inspired me in their own ways to keep going.

Please check out their blogs and other platforms, where you’ll find great content on self-love, inspiration, health, beauty and, of course, natural hair!

I’ve gifted these five ladies a full color background and a full black and white illustrated portrait as a show of my appreciation. And I’m definitely going to do something like this again in future, because the Pursuit of Natural has been hard work and a learning experience, but ultimately a blessing.


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Mystery Blogger Award #2


I’ve been nominated again! This time by the lovely Akinyi over at Akinyi’s Mane. Thank you!


This is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.

-Okoto Enigma, creator of the award

The Rules:

  • Put the logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.
  • Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post(s)


Three (more) Things About Me:

  1. I’m the youngest of five siblings
  2. If you’re into zodiac signs, I’d be a sagittaurius
  3. If you’re into Myers-Briggs personality types, I’m an ISFJ


Akinyi’s Questions:

  1. What are you scared of ? Why? I’m afraid of heights. It’s a common fear, and as everyone knows, it’s not the height you’re afraid of. It’s the fall from it.
  2. What do you like about yourself? That I still love to learn. Life is more interesting when you are open to discovering new things every day.
  3. Do you have a favorite blogger and who is it? I honestly don’t have a favorite. There are too many people I read across so many platforms, but I admire everyone I follow for their determination and courage to share themselves and pass on their wisdom on the world wide web. It’s why I follow them!
  4. What is the first thing you do every morning when you wake up? I make a habit of taking a moment to think. It’s a valuable time to just allow yourself to breathe and have space.
  5. What is your weakness? As far as what oftentimes sabotages my progress, I’d say when self-evaluation and introspection turns to hyper-critique. That’s when I start chasing perfection and not appreciating who I am and what I have going for me.


My Questions:

  1. On what topic or subject are you most opinionated?
  2. Name one thing you are doing now that you couldn’t have imagined five years ago
  3. If you could glimpse one minute from one point in your future, which would you choose: exactly a year from today, or twenty years from now? Why?
  4. How are you feeling today?
  5. What song or kind of music usually puts you in a better mood?


The Nominees:

I’ve chosen a few interesting bloggers on here I’d like to know more about.

  1. Introducing Ashley
  2. So Afrochic
  3. Queen of the Nightshade


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That Time I Invented a Hot Comb to Avoid the Hot Comb


True story–don’t try this at home.

As a child, I hated the hot comb. It felt like punishment when I didn’t even do anything wrong. Also, I hated all forms of grooming and hygiene–a waste of time, I thought, with which I could be playing and getting dirty again.

Anyways! One fine afternoon my mom informed me she would be pressing my hair with the hot comb. You would think I’d been told to take a bath. Oh, the sulking. Oh, the whining noises! When that had no effect on her resolve, I had to take matters into my own hands.

I came up with the brilliant idea to do it myself! It would be super-quick and painless because I’d be using a wide tooth metal pick instead of that horrible instrument of torture built like a cast iron skillet. And I wouldn’t go so close to my skin or burn my ears. Of course my hair wouldn’t be the least bit detangled but that’s my grown self interjecting into this story.

Now, I just needed a safe heat source, and by safe,  I meant covert, because if I got caught fooling around with the open flames of our stove, the tongue-lashing I’d get from my mother would straighten my hairs all on its own.

So the space heater it was. Yes. I stuck a metal hair pick through the grill of an electric space heater to avoid the hot comb. Apparently, electrocution was a less scary prospect.

Anyways! I did that a couple of times (who knows if I even finished my whole head?) and skipped off to tell my mom not to worry about firing up the old gas stove because I had successfully “straightened” my own hair. With a wide tooth pick. And a space heater.

I’m not sure what in my few years of existence led me to believe my mom would be anything but horrified at that. She was, suffice to say, unimpressed by my ingenuity. And I still had to get my hair pressed.

The End.


What sort of hair shenanigans were you up to as a child? Share below and like this post. If you’re a fan of The Pursuit, subscribe! Share with your friends and follow me @edinPON


Mystery Blogger Award


What is it:

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. –  Okoto Enigma

The Rules:

• Put the logo/image on your blog.

• List the rules.

• Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.

• Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.

• Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.

• You have to nominate 10-20 people.

• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

• Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.


So, I’ve been nominated by Yeka over at myyeka.wordpress.com. Thanks, girl! This put a smile on my face today.

Three Things About Me:

  1. I hate bananas–the cold mushy texture, the afterthought of a flavor. I rebuke it. Give me fried plantain any day! I can’t remember ever liking bananas, but I do remember many a standoff as a child refusing to eat my “fruits”.
  2. I’m an aspiring music producer. I’ve had an on-again off-again love affair with the piano since preschool. Today, I’m pursuing a career in music production.
  3. “I’m currently learning Spanish”…has been a perennial saying of mine for the past two years.


Yeka’s Questions:

1. Would you cut your hair for $10m?

Girl, with 10 million dollars I would cut my fro and convert to product junkism. Hand pressed coconut pink hibiscus mermaid tears deep conditioner? I’ll take a dozen!

2.  What is your worst scenario of a typical bad day?

Being too depressed to eat, take care of myself, or interact with anyone.

3.  What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream is to work hard enough to be successful enough to help my family ease their burdens.

4. How mischievous were you in your childhood days?

Ha! Not very. I tried it, got caught in a lie (I was never a good liar), and got my butt whooped. But those cookies were so addictive, I just had to eat the whole box.

5. Who in this world would you trade places with just for a day?

For one day? President of the United States sounds good, but then, of course, you are *trading* places.  So, no one. I don’t want anyone wreaking havoc for 24 hours in my life.

6. What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for love?

I’ve never done anything crazy for love. Draw your own conclusions.


My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite way to treat yourself?
  2. Disregarding the laws of physics, what’s an invention you could use to make your life easier?
  3. Whom in your life do you lean on most, when you are going through hard times?
  4. When was the last time you got a compliment that brightened your day?
  5. Do you remember your life before smartphones; how has technology impacted you (for better or worse?)


The Nominees!

  1. HeyMissJackson
  2. Full of Sol
  3. HealthyNappyNerdyMommy
  4. The Curly Frugalista
  5. D’apres Tania
  6. Idle Head
  7. Beinpickii
  8. Naturallynn
  9. Rhythm In Life
  10. QueenBits

Congrats to all these unique voices!


That Time I Wore African Threading to School


By the 4th grade, my mom had tried many things with my hair–plaiting, salon relaxers, jheri curls, and  extension braids. Box relaxers were not a thing in our lives yet, so one day, she decided African threading would be a  good look for her daughters.

My older sister was in middle school and more outspoken than me besides, so she was not having it. It was just me unspooling and measuring out the threads, while Mom wrapped and wrapped and wrapped. It was all quite fascinating until I remembered this wondrous creation was being erected atop my head, and I would be wearing it to school.

As the twisting forms took shape, I got nervous. I sheepishly asked my mom if she could maybe just have them all go to the back in a sort of ponytail. Nope. Not enough thread for that, and besides, African threading was an art–design!

The kids at school didn’t think so. One pasty kid who ain’t never said two words to me in all the time before, decided to open his mouth to say it looked like a “fuse box”. And my teacher–bless her Southern heart–could only muster a polite smile and a “it looks unique.” I don’t remember how many days I had to endure that boy’s teasing, but I didn’t want to hurt my mom’s feelings, so I didn’t tell her about it.

Instead, I plotted, as we non-confrontational types are wont to do. I waited for my moment to let that snotty fool have a piece of my mind. I thought up the best comeback my little self could summon from the depths of my undeveloped mean side. Next time I saw Snotty, I wouldn’t be the one left tongue-tied.

Finally, the threads came down and I returned to school.

“What happened to your fuse box?” asked Snotty.


I sucked at comebacks, and we ended up going a few rounds repeating our questions in comical fashion.

The end


Do you have any childhood hair stories that you can look back and laugh at? Comment below, and don’t forget to like, share and follow! ❤


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Start a Photojournal

It’s the new year, and I’m taking a trip down memory lane with old photos of my natural hair journey. I took them once a week every week in the first year after my big chop.

All I can think is, “I’m not sure how Instagrammers and beauty bloggers do it.”

After a whole year documenting my progress, I was so glad to be done with all the picture-taking! But, you don’t have to be that committed to benefit from the occasional selfie. Here are five the ways my year of weekly photos helped me.

It’s just plain flattering

Take a photo of a particularly bomb twist out–makeup and outfit on point–and feel your confidence rise. You’re doing this natural thing and looking damn good, too. If you’re the sharing type, post your pics to natural hair communities where we’re always ready to compliment each other.

It’s your own personal style catalog

Remember that time you tried small bantu knots instead of medium-sized and you ended up with a snake’s nest on your head? You will if you have photographic evidence. You can also snap a couple shots of your prep stage, too, so you remember exactly the steps you took to achieve any keeper style. You can compare the results of different attempts at that coveted braid & curl, see whether more or less volume, for example, looks best on you.

It’s a journal

Like any photo album, it will immortalize all the good, bad, and in-between of your natural hair journey and life in general. See what styles you were heavily into at various stages. From the way I was cheesing in my twa phase, I loved, loved having hair that short & low maintenance. On the other hand, was I ever a noob at flat-twisting back then, with that triceratops-head-looking hairstyle.

It’s educational

It wasn’t until I photographed the back of my hair saturated in product, and really looked at the images, that I realized just how different and distinct the mixed textures in my fro were. I even took pictures of individual strands and blew them up for width comparison. #TheMost. If you, too, would like to take time out of your busy day to examine the peculiarities of your hair, take a picture. It’ll last longer.

Last but not least, it’s encouraging

We all fall into the trap of wanting length right now, or thinking our hair just isn’t growing. When I started, my temples were damaged and bare in patches. I worried they would never fill in, but looking over just three weeks of photos proved me wrong. Same with thinking I was stuck at my year two length in year three–or even falling behind! Nope. Quite the opposite. The images don’t lie.

When you need reassurance that you’re doing all right by your fro, just go back and look at where you started, how far you’ve come.

Happy new years, y’all!

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Misty Knight’s Twistout Don’t Quit



via eonline.com


Look at it. Ever fresh. First-day hair every day. This woman will be on the crime scene in the morning looking like she just separated and fluffed, and by midnight she’d be up in the club, her hair still frizz free. I need to see her product stash.

I’m making my way through Netflix’s “Luke Cage”, and as I do, I am constantly distracted by the flyest twist out on “tv”. No flakes, no frizz, no dryness. Awesome definition and shape. All while she goes about kicking ass and taking names. Don’t come for Misty and don’t come for Misty Knight’s twist out. They don’t quit.

Off to finish up this series. Bye!

Hit the comments to discuss. (Just don’t spoil the ending!)