I’m now 5 months into my natural hair journey and if there’s one thing this process has taught me, it’s patience. I was so eager for my hair to grow, and in the beginning it seemed like it was growing at a snails pace. Now it seems to have hit it’s stride and my hair is growing at a rapid speed! What all of this has made me realize and appreciate is how my scalp needed time to heal – inside and out. I can only imagine the damage I’ve done to my scalp over the past 25+ years of having chemically relaxed hair. I marvel at how amazing the human body is with its natural ability to heal itself over time. I know my scalp is nowhere near healed. As a matter of fact, I’ve read that it can take up to a year or more for your scalp and hair follicles to heal. More patience is definitely needed.
There are still a few products I’d like to try (like the Aloe Vera gel), that I haven’t gotten around to trying yet. I have a small to do list, and over time I hope to cross those things off. In the mean time I am getting my braids in October and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m getting the beautiful Senegalese twists. This is a style that is typically worn very long, like past the middle of your back but I don’t want mine that long. As always I’ll post pictures. 😉
As I look at the pictures of my hair growth progress from May 2013 until now I have to be honest: I LOVE my big chop picture! I LOVE the short hair! I’ve always loved short hair, and that was the shortest I have ever gone and I loved every minute of it! My husband, on the other hand…he didn’t like it. He got used to it, but he didn’t like it that short. Speaking of hubby, he said I look SEXY with my fro!! Awww sookie-sookie now! HAHAHAAHHA! He’s a sweetie pie. I know this was a lot for him to take in and accept, and over time he did. Now he loves my lop-sided afro as much as I do, lol! Patience was involved once again.
I’ve embraced and will continue to embrace every part of my journey. The highs and lows, ups and downs. I know in my bones I made the best decision and the right decision, and it feels good. I also know that as I continue along and experiment with different styles, not all of them will turn out the way I want them to. I’m not going to have good hair days every day. Patience will always be the number one virtue in this journey.