After years of being natural and learning so much about my hair, I’ve decided to create somewhat of an online journal in order to keep track of the things that keep my natural hair happy, as well as the things that don’t.
I Was (Naturally) Frustrated
After shaving my head bald in October 2011, I had no idea what I was doing. The only thing I knew at the time was that my relaxer was growing out and I had no one to “deal with” my hair anymore like I did prior to moving to the West Coast.
I felt alone because I no longer had someone to tell me how to take care of my hair or to take care of it for me. I was frustrated because I didn’t know how to deal with both the relaxed parts of my hair AND my natural texture that was growing in.
The area I’d moved to was not only less humid than I was used to (which meant extremely dry air and extra thirsty hair), but it was also an area where there were ZERO hair salons that knew how to maintain type 4 natural hair.
My heart sank as I realized that for the first time in years I’d have to figure out what to do with my hair on my on.
Deciding To Go Natural
For me, going natural wasn’t a hard decision, but the doubts and uncertainty came AFTER doing my big shave.
I decided it was time to stop relying on someone else to take care of my natural hair because I knew that by eliminating chemical relaxers and regular salon visits that I would not only save a lot of money, but I would also save a lot of time.
Whether you’re just starting your journey, or you’re a veteran naturalista, deciding to go natural can be a big deal that can leave you feeling exposed and like you’re out of place.
Wondering what the heck a hair journey is? Check out the following post:
Luckily, you don’t have to feel the way I did when I first went natural because by sharing my story, I’m hoping I can make you realize that the issues you’re facing in your journey are common with our hair texture.
Wondering where I am in my hair journey? Click here to read my latest hair updates!
The Journey Ahead
Little did I know, getting to know my hair would be a journey and not just another thing I’d quickly be able to mark through on my “To-Do List”.
Fantastic 4 Kinks is the continuation of my natural hair journey and a detailed account of my experiences and an opportunity to bring type 4 naturals together.
Let’s face it, there aren’t nearly as many bloggers out there with type 4 hair as there are other types of hair.
Why not make finding others with our type of hair easier? Why not create a community where everyone can relate to each other?
Knowing You’re Not Alone
Although our natural hair journeys are our own, it doesn’t mean we have to go it alone. I wish I’d had someone out there to help me figure things out when I was a new natural, and I only hope that by sharing my journey with you, that you’ll realize no matter what you’re going through with your type 4 natural hair, there’s someone else out there who is struggling with similar obstacles and things don’t have to be as hard as they seem.
I’m a strong believer in having s simple hair care routine because I believe that all textures of hair can grow long and healthy and that type 4 hair is no exception.
The tricky part is figuring out what works for YOU and if you’re feeling stuck or feel like you’re out of options and are destined to be an unhappy natural, I’m hoping that by sharing what has (and hasn’t) worked for me will give you a better idea of where to start than I had on that cold October day I decided to go natural.
Although I aim to inspire, it’s important to know that I’m not a guru (I wrote a post about that here) and that what works for me may not work for you, but who knows? Maybe by reading my story you’ll have that magical “AHA!” moment (which is an amazing feeling).
Here’s To Your Fantastic 4 Kinks!