I stumbled upon an article [HERE] by Dr. Tina Opie titled “At war with ‘unmanageable’ hair”, that is published in the Washington Post online, and I was very moved. In the article, Dr. Opie discusses her journey from natural to relaxed, back to natural, and the emotions, revelations, and self-discovery along the way.
I could definitely related to her feelings of “Will I still be beautiful with different hair?” as she considered chopping off her relaxed ends and rockin’ a TWA. I think that is one of the first questions many women that have relaxed hair consider when they contemplate going natural. She also touched on the feelings of going against societies ideals of ‘beauty’ by wearing her hair in its natural state, but once she did she felt “liberated…from emotional and mental bondage”. It brings me joy to see Dr. Opie and countless other African-American women show that your natural hair, whether it’s low-cut or in a 4-foot circumference afro, it is definitely BEAUTIFUL!
I encourage you to read her article if you are looking for inspiration along your journey or you just want to know that you’re not alone in your “war with ‘unmanageable’ hair”.
You can connect with Dr. Opie via her personal blog, My Ethnic Hair Journey [HERE], and on Twitter at @DrTinaOpie.