One of the major things I LOVE about being a part of Sporty Afros is having an outlet to share my hair and health journey. About a month ago, I mentioned that I rarely post blogs about my hair. This is mainly because I still think I’m getting used to my own hair in pursuit of finding the right hair care regimen. I’ve been natural since 2006 and have worn locs since April 2010.
I’d have to admit that by default I coexist with my hair. If you’ve ever shared the same living space with another individual (other than your parents) during your adult life, you know the difference between living with someone and just coexisting with them. It may sound weird but having locs has forced me to build a relationship with my hair. The days of just wrapping up my hair at night and unwrapping it into a cute layered cute are long gone. To ensure my locs remain healthy I have to care for my entire scalp, and every loc. Due to strands interlocking within itself, if a loc grows weak and pops (breaks off), there goes months maybe years worth of hair growth.
To see my locs grow from 1 ½ inch twists to the length they are today has been fantastic. The other day I pulled up my hair to put it in a shower cap and noticed I could hold all of my locs in one hand. I looked in the mirror and shouted “Oh snap! I can rock a ponytail now!”
It’s not the length of my hair that made me so excited. It was realizing that this hair journey is a progression. Where I once could barely grip the hair on the nape of my neck, it now rest on in between my shoulder blades! That’s awesome! A few months ago, I created a hair journey slideshow. Check it out below.
So that’s it. I just wanted to share my hair milestone with you all. Have you had any hair milestones lately? If so, let’s me so your posts below!
Monisha Randolph is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach, motivational speaker, and the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha or to purchase a copy of her book please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Feel free to follow her on Twitter and join her Fan Community on Facebook.