Growing up with chemically relaxed hair, I had no other idea on how to wear my hair any other way. Growing up, black women were influenced by having straight, silky hair. Therefore, having a relaxed hair was the go-to answer. As I grew older, I realized the increased effort it took to maintain straighten hair. Flat ironing was often integrated to either curling or straightening. I began to realize this was not the natural me. I questioned my identity, my individuality, and what my hair said about me.
A natural hair journey reveals your own story. It gives light to those who can relate to similar hair concerns. My natural hair journey began in 2010, when I decided that I no longer wanted to chemically relax my hair. I was not following a trend, but a personal enlightenment. My decision to go natural came with obstacles, which I overcame. I was not comfortable at first embracing my own hair. I wore braids and weaves constantly. I felt stuck on how to move forward. One day, I told myself, “I am going to learn how to take care of my tress.” I learned and went through my own trials and errors to retain moisture and reduce hair breakage. That was a turning point for me as I embraced my own natural hair. It was the best decision I made. Understanding and implementing simple strategies was the key in my journey.
Recently, I started my own natural hair blog, sharing helpful content to inspire and educate others on how to care for their natural hair at Lumynex Essentials. It focuses on those who are considering to transition to natural hair or who are currently natural. Giving the reminded basics to taking care of, maintaining, styling, and growing natural hair.
Live, Embrace, and Love your natural hair. Like flowers, you are beautiful and unique. Therefore, “beautify yourself.”