I have the utmost respect women with long, highly textured hair. Long hair is a testament to hard work for all hair types but I know first-hand the unique challenges our hair can present. Our hair is delicate, chronically dry and can be a bit daunting to manage. Yet, in spite of this, more and more women are growing their hair to previously unimaginable lengths! Coming back from setbacks, staying committed to your regimen, and overcoming adversity (read: haters) can truly make ours a hair journey.
Think about the state of your hair as itgrows from the scalp. Our natural curls, coils and kinks prevent sebum (scalp’s natural oil) from easily traveling down the hair shaft which results in dry hair. Those with looser curl patterns have sebum to spare because the oil has no difficulty making it down the hair shaft. Dry hair + manipulation = breakage. If you further compromise your hair with chemical straightening, you’re dealing with protein AND moisture issues. Then there’s heat abuse, environmental issues, mechanical damage…I think you get my point.
Whether you’re natural or relaxed, people are going to offer their $0.02; it’s your choice if you accept their deposit. You can take positive feedback to the bank but hurtful comments are like counterfeit bills: absolutely worthless. Trying something different can make others uncomfortable because it forces them to consider their own choices. Don’t let their insecurities rub off on you.
It’s not a question of these ladies having “good hair” or just the luck of the draw; it’s about dedication. 98% of the time, flourishing strands are a directresult of a well-planned regimen. There are exceptions where some women are able to enjoy long hair with minimal work but this isn’t the norm. Keeping your hair conditioned, scalp clean and implementing protective styling are a few ways to help your hair reach its peak.
While the list of potential hair pitfalls seems never-ending, the number of women of color with considerable length is on the rise. I considered myself an anomaly because of my love obsession but then I realized that my sense of awe is totally justified. Black hair is amazing and so are the women that care for it.
Have you ever really considered the miracle that is black hair? Do you have to deal with unwanted commentary on your hair choices? How did you handle it? What is the most challenging aspect of your hair journey?
-Ms. Tai Nycole
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