Journey back to my “roots”

Hey lovers,

Firstly I’d like to apologize for being awol on the blog for such a long time. So much has been happening in my life of late…you know, the new year being well under way and plans (hate calling them resolutions) going perfectly well. Kids starting “Big school” (Grade 1 and 3 ūüôā ) with tons of homework, projects, etc. One of the plans though, which is being more present on my blog has been put on the back burner as the rest has demanded quite a bit out of me. But here I am now. Back and ready to tango (insert dancing emoji here) lol.

I’d like to share my hair journey with you. This has forever been a topic that’s very close to heart for me. My relationship with my hair has had its ups and downs ever since I grew aware of the fact that¬†the hair on my head is something really special (we all think so right?).¬†I’m sure there’s a lot of us¬†with “kinky/coily/curly” hair that have¬†been through this and the topic has really been covered¬†a hell of a lot¬†but each of us has a different experience and story to share, so here I’ll be sharing¬†mine with you.

I’ve had relaxed / chemically treated / straightened hair since I can remember. I started “not relaxing” my hair in the later years of high school, that was my first BIG CHOP as far as I can remember. I hated how my hair looked when it was relaxed. It was very thin and hardly even grew beyond my shoulders because of the amount of damage, and boy that ponytail was always such a¬†sad sight. I did also get frustrated though with my natural hair because it wasn’t flourishing either. So I’ve been on and off the relaxer / chemicals / dyes right until March 2017. Yup I’ve been trying almost all my life to have a good head of hair and at some point I had told myself that it ain’t happening.

Fast forward to 19 March 2017. I cut my hair sooooo short. Actually the shortest it’s ever been. It felt amazing. I felt so liberated and exceptionally pretty. I’m now a serious natural hair enthusiast, literally obsessed with taking better care of my hair and my health in general. I’ve¬†witnessed¬†my hair go from a total mess to a semi¬†– flourishing TWA (teeny weeny afro) in less than a year and I’m thrilled to see what it’ll look like in the next 2, 3, 4 years and beyond. In the past 11 months, I’ve gone from tapered and dyed cut, to almost bald, to stunning box braids, and, and, and. There’s just so much that my hair has to offer and I’ve learnt that the¬†better I take care of it and treat it like the crown that it is…it’ll thank me back by flourishing in all it’s coily and kinky glory. I’m soooo in love.

Actually have been learning so much about my hair (and Africanism – story for another day ūüôā )¬†that I’m close to obsessed. Looking at ladies with awesome natural hair on social media and reflecting back, wishing I could’ve made this decision earlier. I was¬†ALMOST imprisoned by the idea that straight hair¬†was more appropriate¬†than the kinks growing out of my own scalp. I’m glad that I wasn’t consumed by this notion and instead did whatever I want to and with¬†my hair, whether it was deemed “normal’ or absurd by those that¬†ARE imprisoned by this idea. My hair is unique and I’m exceptionally proud to embrace it. Hope by sharing my journey, I inspire and uplift others. I am in no way against relaxed / chemically treated / straight hair, what I am though is loving and embracing the crown I was born with just a¬†tad bit more.

Just for some visual stimulation, to add a little sauce to this post ūüôā , here are a few snaps to show how versatile I’ve been with my hair.

3 months before BC
Happy in short box braids…3 months before the Big Chop (Dec 2016)

Before BC
Rockin’ this cut and dye on my birthday (05 Feb 2017)

Big Chop
Big Chop (16 March 2017)

Box Braids
Still obsessed over these. Best Box Braids I’ve ever had ‚̧

Big hair envy
#Bighairenvy…practicing how I’ll be rocking my big hair in a couple of years time.

Wigging it
Wigging it…coz I can!

Cornrows
Cornrows for the win (Nov / Dec 2017)
9 months post BC
9 months post Big Chop (Dec 2017)
11 months post BC
11 months post BC…Not much difference there (outfit too hahaha) !!!
Today
To date. This week has been soooo cold in Jozi so I’ve been tryina keep this mane warm and protected ‚̧

So there we go. First post about my mane. Super exited to be sharing the journey with you. I’ve learnt soooo much already. Trying out a few products to find what¬†they call “HOLY GRAIL” products in the natural hair community, suitable for¬†my own hair. It’s been fun. Till next time.

xoxo

Maki

 

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