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Is natural hair worth the trouble?

Can I be honest with y’all for a moment? As I rubbed my nappy dry, coarse, disrespectful hair in the back of my head earlier today, I came to a realization that my natural hair has caused me a lot of stress lately AND it’s just not worth it anymore. Now I’m not talking about relapsing and going back to the creamy crack, but something’s gotta give. I spend hours washing, applying, twisting, braiding and lately, I’ve been doing A LOT of cutting. Yes. Cutting my own hair. Why you ask? Because single strand knots have been attacking the back of my frigging head.

 Have you ever just felt like you weren’t making progress with your natural hair? That’s how I’m feeling because of unexplained breakage, single strand knots, and my consistent need to cut. My hair is so uneven that when I wear it out, it feels weird. I know that comparison is the thief of joy, but I can’t help but compare my natural hair journey to that of others. There are people who’ve been natural for two years whose fro is bigger than mine will ever get if my hair keeps this up. 

I know I can’t be the only one going through this… Some people’s natural hair journey is easier than others. I’ve accepted that my hair type is challenging and my routine needs a drastic change if I want my hair to grow past my shoulders.

When I wore my hair pressed, it was healthy and longer than it’s ever been as a natural. Perhaps this is because I got it straightened once every few weeks and left it alone. I wasn’t concerned about a curl pattern or anything of the sort. I’m seriously considering silk pressing for a while to see how my hair responds. Either that or weave/wigs… Have any of you experimented with your natural hair in times of hair trouble? What did you do?