Five things.

1. I love that I can lay down at anytime without dealing with my hair.
2. It has inspired me to pull out my accessories and handmade clothes and actually wear them.
3. It has sparked my creativity. I have been sewing like a madwoman and experimenting with jewelry and accessory design a lot lately.
4. A BIG ONE. I love that I was brave enough to do it. I still struggle with insecurities about my looks. Not having any hair to hide behind is a big deal for me.
5. The BIGGEST ONE. I am showing my children that a woman can look any way that she wants. They are slowly getting used to their new mom. It’s really important to me that they know that long straight hair does not automatically equal beauty.

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3 thoughts on “Five things.

  1. After watching Chris Rock’s documentary about hair – I have to confess I had no idea what “lengths” black women went through to get straight hair!! Your blog posts wouldn’t mean that much to me, but now I think I get it – a little – and good for you and your girls! I think you look gorgeous!

  2. I loved this post! And while I was reading it, out of the corner of my eye, I could see the smiling photo of you with your new hair in your Flickr set there on the right side of the page. It’s so fitting! Your confident smile echoes everything you’ve said above.

    Number 5 is a great one. It is SO easy to be critical of ourselves and think we should be something different. I’ve had straight, long hair (and blonde, too, which is supposed to be some sort of western “ideal”, right?) my whole life, but have always, always been envious of girls with dark, curly hair and embarrassed that my looks are so typically American/Californian. It seems that so many of us want (or think we want) what we don’t have! To add to what you said above, and I also hope to teach my own kids this one day, *nothing* automatically equals beauty except acceptance and love of ones self and the inner confidence that comes with it.

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