I love this picture of myself with my natural hair in all it’s glory.
I used to have chemically relaxed hair and I was obsessed with having my hair straight. I used to do the treatments myself so on the night before a big event, I could be found in the bathroom, for a couple of hours, straightening my hair. A few years ago, a good friend went natural and I saw that it wasn’t as tragic as I previously thought it would be. So I started the transition and I never looked back. Yes, there were days (and nights) when I longed for the ease of my relaxed hair. And I don’t invest in a lot of the products and styles that a lot of women go for. My hair is now very easy to handle, even if the styles I rotate between are somewhat boring. Every now and then, I’ll catch a peep in the mirror and marvel at how much I love the texture of my hair.
The other fantastic thing about my hair is that it’s so easy to run and sweat and then wash my hair in the shower and style it. Especially in the summer, my runs are really sweaty and when I had chemically straightened hair, running was the worst thing I could do for my styles. I would pass on exercise opportunities if I’d just gotten my hair done because I’d want to preserve my style as long as possible.
Now that I’m training for the marathon, natural hair is the absolute best accessory I could have for the workout.
Even though I didn’t know it at the time, natural hair is truly a way to Live Right
This post is part of a link up with Nicole at Treasure Tromp blog where lots of others ladies will be baring their natural beauty too.
If you’d like to join, this is how the link up works (courtesy of the Florkens’ blog)
1. Take a picture of yourself — without “trying so hard.” Remove the makeup, forget the hair, don’t overthink it, and just let your natural beauty shine through.
2. On Monday, July 28th, let your picture take center stage on your blog and remember to include at least one thing that you find beautiful about yourself. (Use the hashtag #donttrysohardlinkup on Twitter & Instagram to share your pictures and posts!)
3. Follow your hosts and linkup your post!
4. Click around to others who have linked up and show them some positive feedback in the comment section. Do you love their eyes? Do they have cute freckles? Maybe they naturally have a beautiful glow! Let’s soak the blogosphere in positive thought and self confidence for one day!
5. Sit back and remember that you don’t have to try so hard. While it’s nice to do our makeup and hair, wear trendy outfits, stage the crap out of our pictures, etc., it is so much more important to remember that you are beautiful just as you are! Cheers!