Natural Hair Mag

Nicole’s Journey

Nicole M

For me my hair journey started within. When I was young I never really understood why it was necessary to perm my hair. It was just something black women did. I always dreamed of having long, luxurious, silky hair but the more I tried the more I failed.

My hair never wanted to stay in line and always acted up. I felt like I had the “Nappy hair curse” and there was just nothing I could do about it. I tried sew-ins, braids, short hair styles and nothing seemed to capture my true beauty. One day while in college my freshman year, I stared at myself in the mirror and noticed something I had not before. The texture and the feel of my new growth felt far more healthier and strong than that of my permed hair. It was at that moment that I realized that perming my hair did not make sense. My hair was kinky and that was that. Instead of trying to be something I’m not and follow a “Euro-centric” ideal of beauty I began to realize I must accept myself, all the way down to the roots.

The next day I shaved my head and never looked back. It was the most exhilarating and freeing moment of my life. I let go off all my attachments and preconceived notions I had mustered up and just did me. Four and half years later I will definitely say that going natural was the single most influencing moment of my adult life. It open myself up to who I am and want I was designed for.

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