Relaxers: The Abuse Ends! My Napptural Journey Begins
Deciding to go natural
When I decided to to stop relaxing, I was like most black women who don’t know a thing about taking care of or styling nappy hair. At best, my goal was to grow it out and go back to a press and curl. But I soon discovered the joys of microbraids, which I ended up wearing for three-and-a-half years without a break. That’s because I loved them so much, and I thought I’d wear the braids forever. Then I relocated to my home town where braiders are in incredibly short supply. Well I found a braider who did an excellent job but turned out to be unreliable with regard to availability. I’d make an appointment, take my hair down, and then she’d call wanting to reschedule. What the heck was I supposed to do with all this nappy hair?
Abusing my naps
Since relaxers weren’t an option, I started doing twists. In between time I was pressing it, blow drying it, hot curling it…you know, in general just abusing the heck out of my hair. Then I’d try to go back and wear my hair in twists (the only nappy style I knew how to do) and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why my hair looked so dry and and unhealthy.
Nappturality: Loving and caring for my nappy hair
Then I decided to get on the Internet, and I found a site called Nappturality.com. It was founded by a wonderful woman who goes by the online persona of Deecoily. What I love about Dee is her unrelenting, unapologetic, nononsense approach to educating black women around the world about how to take care of and love their nappy hair. This site definitely pointed me in the right direction. Thanks to NP as Nappturality is affectionately called by its members, I simply allow my hair to “do what it does.” I work with it as opposed to against it. As a result, I now shun all styling methods and heat tools that might alter or damage my nappy hair. Straight hair, to me is no longer the pennacle of beauty. I’ve broken those mental chains. I’m no longer just natural — I’m napptrual — my hair is nappy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
When it comes to my nappy hair I simply try to Live Life. Love the Journey. Embrace the Truth. Be Nappy, Happy and Free. I think this is wonderful advice. Try it and you too can be nappy, happy and free!