This is the fifth week of my natural hair journey and I know that I said I’d keep a weekly report.
Yet, that’s just it! The fact that I cut my hair has made it so much easier to focus on other aspects of my life! I’ve been progressing further in my ambitions, I chopped a whole hour off of the time it takes to get to work! No more having to adjust wigs, no more having to brush and straighten regular hair so it can be tucked away…. It’s literally get up, get dressed, get out. I am so thankful that all of my bosses have finally approved of my hair.
The thing that I love most about cutting my hair is how much I focused on making it perfect and how hard I fought to get this image of myself. now, I don’t worry about much of that at all. I have time to focus on better things, greater things, real things.
I’ve accomplished more in the past month than I have in the past six. It’s great to know that I am that comfortable in my own skin that I can finally focus on bigger things.
Each and everyday I become more confident in my decision and more excited for the future.
A lot of people have been asking what I’ve put in my hair to make it grow so fast. It seems like just a month ago, I had a fully shaved head.
I have two theories on this. A lot of people say that when you shave your hair back, it grows back faster, and I can attest to that. The only thing I’ve been putting in my hair is olive oil moisturizer and Extra light virgin olive oil. My hair is very used to being moisturized. The I stop providing that nourishment, it starts getting itchy. Just like when you don’t eat, you get hungry.
My second theory is something that a friend taught me a long time ago “LITHA” aka “The leave it the hell alone” theory. When we are constantly combing, yanking, perming, etc to our hair, it weakens it, it pull it out, etc. I’m actually really excited to see what my actual natural hair’s curl pattern looks like. I’ve been getting my hair permed since I was a little girl so I really don’t know what it’s like to have that big curly afro you see in the pictures of all those naturally, natural haired women.
The transformation from in the two pictures are simply three weeks apart. While I’ve been giving my hair a break, and myself a break… I’ve been working on other major projects in my life. The thing that I love most, is that when you look at natural hair regimens, they say that one thing that can help hair growth is less stress.
That’s my new task, my new challenge. To learn to stress less, to bother less with the drama and more with the renewal. Instead of freaking out over missing the bus, I just leave an hour earlier. & My strongest practice right now is to be more vocal to people about the things that bother me, because if you don’t openly express what’s stressing you out, how can you ever fix it?
Always keep in mind that the natural hair journey isn’t just about your hair. A good diet, and a stress-free lifestyle help hair growth more than any product will.
Or else, why would they call it a natural hair journey? If you’re trying to to embark, stop looking at products and pills & start looking at a healthier lifestyle.
Is there anything you’d like to see me mention or discuss in my next Chop Chronicles blog post? Shoot me an email and tell me about your haircare tips, your journey, or to ask questions. Don’t be shy! <3
Until next time!