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Brie Speaks | Why I Went Natural

If you walk into a hair salon you see most young girls and women getting their hair straightened. Going through numerous processes just to get it silky and not “nappy”. Constant pain from hot combs, tugging from the washing and the biggest and baddest of them all, getting heat damage. I was one of those girls almost 2 years ago. Every Saturday my mom would take me up to the salon to get a “blow and go” (straightened hair) and it would take at least half of the day. I not gonna lie, my hair came out beautiful every time and I received an overload of compliments, but I wasn't truly confident with myself back then. Getting my nails and hair done didn't mean anything to me. It did not help lift my head up any higher.

Within a few months of starting middle school, literally all of my hair fell out from heat damage. Since African-Americans hair is not naturally straight, when heat or any type of item tries or alters what was naturally their hair, heat damage attacks it. And my heat damage went hard on me at the wrong time. I was chubby with very short hair that didn't fit my chubby face. No one had ever made fun of me about my hair but I just felt uncomfortable, especially after seeing all the girls in my class with long hair. So to “fix” the dilemma I begged my mom to get a weave. Definitely the worst hair decision I've ever made, it tore even more of my hair out. Honestly my older cousin and aunt should have told me at that time how bad glue-in weaves were being that fact that they are hairstylist and own their own shop. But, since they didn't tell me at that time I went ahead and got it. I still wasn't confident and hated that fact that I had fake hair and glue in my hair. Plus, all the kids kept asking me if it was real and trying to touch it. It became way too much to handle.

Freshman year of high school I met and started hanging out with someone who had an afro and she opened up a whole new world to me. A world that was foreign but my heritage and history. Something I had been so closed minded to, and that’s the world of Africa and everything it has to offer. She shared with me why being natural is so important and how it keeps you close to your roots. All along though my mom had been spreading her roots within the house. Art paintings, sculptures and pictures of African masks and animals surrounded the house. April 21st, 2013 I made the decision to go natural. As of today going natural has made me lift my head higher, with my shoulders back and eager to learn more of my heritage. I love all things that deal with Africa and afros now. Going natural has made me afrocentric and interested in what more African/African-Americans do and have done and even influenced my decision for college, by going to a HBCU. It also has opened my mind to surprisingly so many things like religion, other cultures/traditions and in all gave a new perspective to view.

*photo: Erykah Badu

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