For some time I have depended on Chemicals to straighten my hair. I became co-dependent on the creamy crack to make me look beautiful. Within the African-American culture it was not pretty to be dark-skinned with kinky or nappy hair; you were considered ugly. Like many young girls I went through this pain as a child into teenage years. Once I turned 18. I made the choice to continue to use relaxers in my hair because that was all I knew. It was difficult to have healthy hair and keep it straight at the same time. After years of substantial hair lose, burnt scalps, and dull dry hair; I made the final choice to go natural in June of 2010. Since I have started this journey that I am on I have taken a new approach to the things that I do concerning my hair. I no longer look at other women with the rose-colored glasses on.
Embracing who I am has become a long and dedicated road that I traveling. I am currently working on my business degree at Tennessee State University. One day I look forward to having my business based in “Natural Hair Care”. This is really steered towards bringing awareness to the things that we will do to ourself in order to be accepted. I also want to stop the trend that we are setting for our future generation of woman, there is no need to continue a destructive trend with unhealthy habits. I just happen to come across this link in which Dr.Oz Does a show on the dangers of relaxers and straighteners if you click the link you will be shocked dangers-hair-straighteners-pt-2. Now when you think about how long we have actually been putting these harsh chemicals in our bodies, it should make you wonder about the illness these things could cause. When I look at videos like this it makes my skin crawl. We have carried on this tradition of putting unhealthy chemicals in our systems without knowing the full extent of what we are using.
Some people will look at this blog as a phase! but this is real life and the things that happen within the lives of women and little girls of color. When we start to love ourselves for the individuals we are, we will have a better way of teaching future generations to come.