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One Big Detour

By:  NaturaLeah On:  November 20, 2010 1 Comment

Read about viewer Madeline Hatter’s journey toward living with natural hair.  I thoroughly enjoyed her story.  I’m sure some of you can relate, too!

Can I just say that over the years, my image has taken one heck of a detour? Sheesh. Just thinking about it almost gives me whiplash. Granted, it’s rare that anyone maintains the same personality, likes or dislikes, etcetera, etcetera – especially through the years between high school and 30. Still, if you’d told me back in 1994 that I’d be anything like I am now, I’d have told you that you’re effin nuts.

I guess the first thing that went was my hair. As steadfast as I’ve become about it, the funny thing is that it all happened by accident.

When I first moved to Atlanta, I had a whole host of things to adjust to: the roads, the speeds, being the new girl in town. As most women can relate, I also had to find a new hairdresser. The search was daunting. I didn’t know where to start. I’d ask women I knew from work where they got their hair done, but more often than not, it was at a price I wasn’t willing to pay. 100 Some dollars for hair? There are people starving. Are you kidding me?

Well, I needed to do something. My new growth couldn’t hide under the relaxed portion of my hair. I looked like I was wearing a helmet. So I found an African shop and got my hair braided until I could find a permanent stylist. A school year later, I was taking them out, only to find that my hair had matted at the joints of the braids. I panicked. My mane locked together like protesters. And though I tried to comb it, brush it, and pick at it for the longest, hell no, it wasn’t going anywhere

A friend of mine who’d been rocking an afro for a couple of years introduced me to her coif manager. The woman took one look at me and said, “Oh. You need a hair cut.” I was mortified. I’d never been without my hair. Or, really the more accurate thing to say is I’d never been without my hair permed. In the months that I had braids, I accumulated about three inches of new growth, so it wasn’t like I’d have been bald. I’d just never seen myself without chemically altered hair, which at that time, was about the same thing as being bald……….(READ MORE)

 
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