When a child’s natural hair doesn’t fit the mould

I was that child with natural hair that didn’t fit the mould.

These days I have an actual fear of salons. They give me so much anxiety.

No I didn’t read some article about bacteria lurking in communal brushes (probably shouldn’t google that). It’s not the idea of it so much, it’s past experiences. (PS. I know some really nice stylists, the experience just makes me uncomfortable)

Hair salons became this place where I would literally pay to be ridiculed. I’d sit there being pulled and prodded and my “bad hair” discussed with other people.
But honestly sometimes you don’t even have to be pay to be made to feel inferior. Families often do it for free. My slick haired father doesn’t let his feelings towards my hair go unnoticed.

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Behind the Natural Hair Movement

Usually when I talk Natural Hair it is the “how to” the “what to”, I do curly countdowns and share other people’s hair stories, but this is different.
This time I want to delve deeper into this hair story…so over the next three Friday’s I’m going to get real about natural hair.
 
So why am I getting so serious? Well you see how the magazines are now all; Natural hair FTW! how billboards display kinks with glee? GUYS! it was not always like that and I’m not talking years ago in the dark ages. I’m talking last year, I’m talking last month, last week, probably right now somewhere. Somewhere right now some boskop chick is being told her hair is not work appropriate. Some auntie is asking her daughter/niece if she is going to “fix her hair”.

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The lowdown on Pewa’s curls

Today Pewa talks curls… Our curly countdown is that of Ndapewa Ithete who describes herself as a  scientist/afro-nerd/makeup enthusiast and blogger with mermaid aspirations.

Ndapewa answered my call for more curly countdown features and I am so glad she did as it led me to her blog Pewa of Namib which is a GREAT resource for hair product reviews. Maybe it’s the scientist in her but she really goes all out with ingredients, pros and cons, so do check her out.

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So lets jump right into her curly countdown…but first a little more about Pewa

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Curly countdown with Grace Kelley

Today we interview Kelley Felix / Grace Kelley  and artistic soul with an attitude that says, I’m here take it or leave it. Honestly before chatting to her I was a little intimidated, she lives the saying “If you don’t stand for anything you will fall for anything” and people with such strong convictions always make me a little weary. Not this girl though, there is a gentleness to her spirit that speaks volumes…and also HER HAIR SPEAKS VOLUMES. Fresh off a “big chop” here is Grace Kelley‘s Curly Countdown.

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Kimberly Grace Professional…The Good, The Bad and the Meh

I was super excited to be included in the Kimberly Grace Professional Product research group. They sent a bunch of South African women products and asked us to be honest – You guys know I’m big on honesty when it comes to reviews because I don’t like to waste my money or my time, and I don’t want you to either…. I got a bunch of products and here is what I thought of them individually…

Kimberly Grace

DISCLAIMER. What worked for me might not work for you and also the other way around, this is based on my hair here on my head.

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