I love scrapbooking my every day life. I don’t always have a fabulous adventure or a funny punch line. What I always have is a story to tell. Over the course of my life I hope to have compiled a wonderful collection of stories and anecdotes of my life so that my great, great, great, great grandchildren, who will never know me in life, will somehow know that Granny Meka hated mayonnaise but loved bacon. That being said…here is another not so top secret Bond girl tale that I cherish and hope to pass on to the generations to come through my Storybooks and other projects I create.
Just over one year ago I made one of the best decisions of my life. I became a naturalista. I decided to stop being held hostage to the permanent and I LOVE THE FREEDOM!
One thing I have learned with regard to the texture of black hair is there is no such thing as good hair or bad hair. My hair is a fast growing, very curly and thick grade of hair passed on to me from my father. For decades I have been relaxing (perming) my hair to straighten it. I thought that by relaxing my hair, it was giving me style freedom. Sure, it was easier to comb, it looked silky smooth, but the relaxer was very high maintenance. The chemicals in the relaxer and the excessive amounts of heat used in styling my hair were very damaging. They say you should not relax your hair more frequently than every 6-8 weeks; however, my hair grew so fast I found that if I failed to relax my hair every 4 weeks my scalp would become extremely sore due to my curly new growth fighting my straight permed hair. I had good length to my relaxed hair, but found it necessary to cut it constantly to get rid of the damaged ends and to even up my hair where breakage had made it uneven. I found myself needing to get my hair professionally styled every two weeks, but that became financially taxing. During the summer months, the heat and sweat would ruin a professionally done do in minutes. Lots of money would go down the drain. Though relaxed, I found styling my hair myself not so easy. Being that my hair was so thick, it took forever for me to dry it and style it. I pretty much had to make sure that I had an entire day dedicated to styling my hair every week. With time being in such short supply, I began to find myself pulling my hair back into a ponytail every single day.
June 2013 was the beginning of my new fit lifestyle. At boot camp five days per week I would sweat a lot. This meant that my hair would have to be washed almost daily which is a no-no for black (relaxed) hair. That is when I made the decision to chop it all off. Both my mom and my husband did not like the idea of me cutting of all of my “beautifully relaxed” hair and going natural. No one believed that I would cut all of my hair off, but I did. I am so glad I did! I have gained so much by going natural. The things that I have gained that I appreciate the most are:
- Time. My natural hair is so low maintenance, I have more time to do the things I like to do. I get to scrapbook, read and go out more and look cute while doing it.
- Shine. My hair is more healthy, shiny and vibrant.
- Cash. I save money. Sure, there are still hair maintenance products that I need to buy, but I can manage my hair on my own. I don’t need to go to the hair dresser (unless, of course, I want to). I get to use that money that I would have spent on other things I love, such as projects that I print through the PPS.
Over the last year, I am amazed at the change in my hair. It has grown a lot (though you can’t tell due to the shrinkage from the curl). This layout I created shows how much I have transformed in the past year; from when I started my weight loss and naturalista journey until now.
Here is a page I created. I did not use any content. Fonts used are Chunk Five, Jenna Sue and Century Gothic.