Thursday, November 3, 2011

Natural and All Feature: Angela

Hello my name is Angela
My natural hair journey began a little something like this…
It was my last semester in college and I was going to Paris, France to study fashion abroad for a couple of months.  My intentions were to stay in Paris indefinitely and I had no idea what kinds of products were available to black “relaxed” hair.  So, I decided to cut off ALL of my hair (a decision that was made in 2 seconds) and go natural.  I felt so free and at that moment, I was not defined or restricted by my hair.

I decided to go natural because I was scared to go to Paris with relaxed hair.  All I could think about was not being able to buy my Pink Oil Moisturizing Lotion.  The funny thing was that once I arrived in Paris, all of my products were available and cheaper!

My friends and family were very shocked but not surprised of my decision to go natural and as a result and after many years of me being natural…both of my sisters are natural too. 

The goal for my hair is just to let it be.  For a long time, I was uncomfortable with my decision to go natural.  It was in the late 1990’s and a lot of my friends were not embracing the natural look.  Being in my 20’s, I wanted to “fit” in with my peers but at the same time…I just loved the freedom my hair gave me so I stuck with it.

If I were stranded on an island the products I just couldn’t live without is my cheap Suave conditioner for my co-washing. Its a must. Suave just came out with an almond and Shea butter one and I just love it. That alone gives my hair moisture and makes it manageable. Also, I would need my leave-in conditioner.  Right now, I am using Cantu.  I decided to give it a try…I discovered it at Target for $4.99 and I couldn’t pass it up.  I co-wash my hair everyday and I do my daily ritual of detangling in the shower.  I have my whole routine down now to 10mins!

Throughout this journey I’ve learned that your exteriors do not define you…it’s what lies at your core.  All those years of feeling insecure/embarrassed about my short “nappy” hair taught me that lesson.  Once I realized that I controlled my own destiny and was responsible for my life, my hair was just another accessory.  I have learned to nurture and love Francine “my fro” with all of my being and she just keeps giving me the love back.  Now I would not trade her for anything.  Sometimes I do press and I have done a full weave once but I always come back to Francine, she keeps it real!

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  1. Do you dry it after co-washing?

  2. NaNa443, I don't personally. I let my hair air dry

  3. your hair is amazing. How are you enjoying France?