Rocking natural hair is much more than a beauty statement.

By Victoria T. Davis

Fashion and beauty trends come and go, but one on the radar for several years has been the natural hair movement. Thousands of women have decided to embrace their natural kinky and curly hair texture as hundreds of hair products have been marketed toward women hoping to pull them onto the bandwagon.

While some say caring for their natural hair can be time consuming, it is simply more than a beauty statement. As the natural hair blogger at ClassyCurlies.com, I find it has much more to do with self-discovery than any hair product or tool.

Meet 17-year-old Mikala Johnson who desired to discover her natural locks although her mother was not very fond of the idea.  “For some people it may be about creating the perfect twist out or growing waist-length hair, but for me, I feel it will help me appreciate myself more for who I truly am than this,” said Johnson who showed off her artificial fingernails and tugged on her long hair extensions.

As an individual who decided to embrace my natural hair more than five years ago, I went from long, straight hair to a short afro in just 14 short months, and despite the nasty looks I received from family and some friends, it was one of the best decision I’ve ever made. In many ways the process can be compared to stripping one’s self of outer impurities, which later have in impact on one’s inner confidence. Without the hair extensions, false fingernails, eye lashes, and layers of makeup…there is nothing left but one being. For myself it was the realization of, “this is what you have, and make it work.” This was also a time to study not only my physical features to see what new characteristics I was soon to fall in love with, it also provided a time to dissect pieces of my personality to determine where improvement could be made. This is my experience and that of many other women and girls as well.

Whether you decide to embrace your natural hair texture or not, dedicate time to truly unlock and learn the purpose you hold. Whether it is helping others, becoming a community advocate or becoming a school leader, you will appreciate and fulfill the role much more when you accept who you are currently and who you’d like to be.

 

 

3 Simple Exercises You Can Do To Improve Your Self-Esteem

 

Use sticky notes: Are you a lover of inspirational quotes? Find time to gather a dozen of your favorite quotes from books, role models and the Internet and write one quote per sticky note. Post these notes in a place you will see them each day (bathroom or bedroom mirror, closet, etc.) to give yourself a little boost daily.

 

Recognize your favorites: Instead of focusing on the things you don’t like about yourself, try recognizing physical traits you love in the mirror each day. Each morning, stand in front of your mirror and identify three things you like about yourself. They can by physical items or personality traits.

 

 

Focus ahead: Nothing says a person has low self -esteem more than the way they carry themselves. Remember to stand up tall with shoulders up right when walking. One of the most important factors: make sure your head remains at eye level and avoid looking down when walking or talking to someone. Focus ahead.

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