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“I do not know much about Frank Somerville or his family, but what I can infer from the photo is that this little girl is being raised in an environment that affirms her natural beauty as acceptable.”

-Amanda Starghill, NaturallyCurly.com

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Part 2 of How To Make the Most Out of Your Natural Hair !

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You Should Know Your Hair Like The Back of Your Hand

Note the textures, growth rates, and sensitive areas on your head/scalp/hair !

Pay attention to everything! From where you get the most buildup to how often you go between getting trims, especially as your hair gets mad long.

This kind of knowledge steps up your “growth game”, putting you in better shape to keep your length, as well as making you more aware of natural and unnatural changes and their resultant effects on your hair (i.e. diet, stress, product use/abuse, shedding etc.)

You know your body better than anyone else. Your hair should be no different.

-Ki

These Are The Facts

When I was relaxed:

  1. My hair was legitimately the same short length for four years. How depressing.
  2. My hair broke. 
  3. My hair was ridiculously thin.
  4. My hair was so stiff.
  5. I got scabs and ooze -__-. Freaking grossssss
  6. NO ONE said anything about my hair.

When I went natural:

  1. My hair grew six inches in a year. Grab a ruler.
  2. I shed hair. (THIS is normal)
  3. My hair grew thickkk. 
  4. My hair had curls. Springy, bouncy curls.
  5. My edges grew. 
  6. This hair was the occasional topic of conversation.

But I honestly don’t regret getting a perm. If it wasn’t for all that bad, I wouldn’t have any of the good. Live and learn.

Seriously. If I can do it, you can do it.

-Kia

So about this Aflac Commercial I saw yesterday:

I was never a fan of the company but here’s why that commercial bothered me:

My hair is like that: kinky, natural and chemical-free. It wasn’t just poorly styled and butchered like the first girl on the far left’s hair was. The black girl’s hair was just the way it is naturally (or could potentially be anyways) and her texture was still made to be seen as a mess. Seeing this commercial made me angry, annoyed, disgusted and unimpressed. It’s like… how far can we push it, seriously? Are y’all that desperate to boost sales and to get people talking about y’all? For once in life, y'all couldn’t even use a black girl with straight hair or even a curly-haired ginger, right? So now people can really start comparing my natural hair to the look of a bird’s nest just like that commercial and think it’s so funny while the other girl was just having a bad hair styling? So now both of these ‘bad hair styles’ are suppose to be radical and extreme, huh? Oh.

Do better Aflac.

I don’t even get worked up about things like this, but you came for my hair and ruffled plenty of feathers in the room. The whack ass duck wasn’t even funny.