I pray you all had a wonderful and restful weekend. I spent Saturday in bed because hey, the Harare weather required that. On Sunday I managed to attend church, eat a good serving of mabhonzo (beef bones) at my favorite traditional place and I finally registered to vote. Quite progressive if I must say so myself. Haha! See more of that on my Instagram stories.
The Hair Chronicles
Moving on, lately I have been entertaining thoughts of taking care of myself. Physically to be precise. I think it goes without saying that we all need to take care of ourselves. Eat right, exercise and maybe throw in a good spa treatment in the mix once in a while.
Today i would like to talk about my hair journey. A twisted one I must say. I cut my hair about 2 years back. The reason for that being it had become boring and its growth was just stagnant. So I chopped it. For close to a year, I maintained the short hair in it’s natural state. That was fun; for a while.
Nothing is ever permanant when it comes to hair styles for most African women, so I naturally got bored of the hair. I had the hair relaxed in trying to achieve the cut and tong hair style. That was fun: for while.
I find hair maintenance such a daunting task so the cut and tong hair style was a hit for a short while.
The Cut & Tong
That hair style was high maintenance I tell you. It required a saloon visit at least once a week. Well that was until I mastered how to do it myself from the comfort of my home. The only problem was that it took too much of my time. So again, I chopped it! Big mistake, or not?
About 6 months ago, i started to get my hair plaited again. Braids only. I was under the impression that my hair would grow faster under such conditions, but ALAS! It’s still as tiny and disappointing as ever.
This brings me to my point, I need to up my game and take good care of my hair! I know we need to love our hair and take care of it. This time, I am just ready. A part of me once to start afresh again. Cut off the unhealthy hair because I believe the chemicals I applied for the cut and tong may have caused more harm than anticipated.
Dear naturalistas, how do you maintain your hair and how has been the journey? The de-tangling? The pain? What has been the biggest advantage for keeping your hair natural? Robin Chaibva, who runs a travel blog , Hambanow says…
” no more chemical burns and staggering my retouch plans.. and plaiting and deep conditioning plans. Dealing with growth was hard for me. Also it brought me variety and benefit for my blog and getting sponsored for my hair.”
As I am trying to make up my mind, I would love to hear about your hair journey and what has been the greatest advantage for maintaining your hair in the state that it is in; whether natural or not.
Natural Hair Inspiration
Here are some bloggers who have been giving me natural hair envy/inspiration lately.
Miriam | New Kid On The Blog
Kumbirai | TeteHumba
Laurina | laurinamachite.com
Happy new week.