Oct 14, 2013

Ashiya's Hair Diary: Hair Legacy

Today we are celebrating my niece's 14th birthday! During a random conversation with her Mother some time ago, I learned she has not grown to love caring for her hair. While it is something I'm sure will change soon, we realized her biggest challenge was she had arrived: it was time for her to start her own hair journey.

Miss T wearing her signature bun a few years ago.
I really wish I could remember my hair at exactly 14. I'm sure I was somewhere between a Halle Berry inspired cut and micro braids. I do remember my level of frustration growing at that point. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was beginning to feel the effects of choosing to process my hair with chemicals.  It fueled my decision to cut my hair and let it rest with braids from time to time. 

When short hair was my thing.  Before I cared about brows. And don't worry; they'll still love me.

My Sister and I (mostly my Sister) decided it was Miss T's moment to learn the basics. While I am excited that she'll get to know herself a bit more as she explores her hair, I'm also happy to share with her one of the most basic self-care rituals we can create. She's growing up!  And the best part is, Sister and I can save her from concrete styling gels and microwaved ponytails. I'll keep you posted on her progress. 

Flashback to Sister and her infamous microwaved ponytail.  She put in work for real.

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