In the beginning, I only chose to be a Naturalista because I hate long term relationships with hair! I love to change my hair up, all the time! I need versatility in my life without going for broke every week with bundles and wigs. And so, everyone was being brave and doing the big chop, so it seemed exciting to me and I began to research.
It had little to do with me wanting to embrace who I was as a Queen or because I was coming in touch with my African roots, or even because I was fascinated with my heritage. For me, it more so had to do with me needing change!
I am one of those crazy people, that if you tell me I can’t do something; I’m going to make sure I do it and do it successfully and do it quickly!
So, I brought it to my family; just to get their input… and half of them, looked at me like I was crazy! The other half didn’t believe I had the kahunas to do it… So, on April 14th, 2014 I did the big chop….
Are you wondering why I gave you the (…) well honey, at first I was wondering what the “French toast” I just did! Secondly, I was looking at myself in the mirror thinking now what?
Well, now this means I can never leave the house without mad accessories! I am going to always need earrings, scarves, and my clothes are going to have to always be on point! After this pep talk with myself, I was good and it slowly grew on me.
Over time, I began to fall in love with myself for the first time. My grandmother has always preached, a woman’s hair is her crown! But I was beginning to realize that my hair was not my crown and it did not make me a Queen; however, my soul, spirit, mind and attitude is what made me a Queen!
My royalty, it came from within and it was time for me to operate as such! I needed to carry myself as a Queen, always, even when I didn’t feel like it. Eventually, it becomes a part of your DNA.
Now, I cannot imagine my image with the versatility of my hair. It is a part of my brand, it is a part of my culture, and it is a part of my story!
My writing style is strong enough for a man but balanced for a woman!