My Natural Hair Journey
As part of the recording and production process for my upcoming album, "Crown & Glory," I thought it would be fitting to share a little about my own natural hair journey. It all started with a trip to my hair stylist. She had just recently moved into a new studio and it was my first time visiting her since she moved. The studio was really nice and it even had a catwalk right down the middle of the floor. I told her how nice the place was while getting my hair relaxed. After several hours spent in the salon it was time to pay. She said, "Well since I moved, the prices went up. It's going to be an extra $5 dollars now." I sat there for a minute and thought about it. I just then realized that I was now helping to pay for that new studio. Me and all her other clients. I ponied up the money and shortly after decided to make that my last time getting a relaxer. It wasn't just the $5 extra dollars that drove me to make that decision. It was the salon hours spent every six weeks sitting and waiting. I was also moved by information I had just learned about how toxic relaxer creams can be to your scalp and overall wellness. Plus I had so many inspirations walking around me with such beautiful natural hair. I said, "Ok. It's my turn."
So I made the decision to cut all my hair off and start fresh.
Three and a half years later, I've never felt better about my hair, about myself, and everything else. The hair thing was a catalyst for growth in my life. Since going natural, I've learned to be comfortable in my own skin and that the outside only enhances the beauty contained within.
For so long I thought that I had to conform to a pattern of straight, long hair in order to be accepted in society. I thought that curly, wavy, course hair was unacceptable. Now I'm fully aware, that was a lie. And this new revelation has created a paradigm shift in my thinking. I've learned to accept myself. So it's not just a trend for me, it's so much more. One of the songs on the album, "It's a Way of Life," talks about that very thing.
This album is like my hair journal. It's a collection of my thoughts and struggles and triumphs related to my hair journey set to music and rhythm.
My hope is to inspire others to be themselves no matter what.
For a sneak peak of the upcoming album, "Crown & Glory," click here.