My hands are always twirling it, I take super good care of it, and most definitely it’s part of my identity. To the casual onlooker, it might seem kind of obvious that I’ve got a love affair with my hair. But am I obsessed with it? I guess I wouldn’t say so.
I thought I was, but then I realized that some bellas took their hair game to a whole ‘nother level! Try visiting some of the best natural hair online support groups (click there to read a great article for Clutch magazine by regular Afrobella commenter Laquita!). These bellas take hair more seriously than I may ever have taken anything in life! I’m fascinated by the world of hardcore hair care — challenges and special protective styles and charting hair measurements and posting photos of all of it — but I’m more or less a mere observer to the dedication.
I deep condition my hair regularly, I lovelovelove trying new products, but I’ll try just about anything. I don’t stick to any particular ingredients (although I know it is generally best to avoid bad-for-you hair ingredients. I feel like I should try everything anyway). I love experimenting with hair recipes (the easier the better, though).
My hair certainly is a reflection of who I am. But — I can’t say that I’ve ever consciously participated in a hair challenge. I don’t take hair photos very often. I have tried hair vitamins, but don’t remember to take them and then they go bad and I have to throw them out. Boo. And I actually can’t say that I’ve ever even measured my hair! So I guess by definition, my hair love affair is serious but not as serious as it gets.
I’d love to know how into hair you are. Are you a casual hair lover, down to try drugstore brand products? Or are you head over heels for hair care, and won’t allow anything less than the organic best to touch your tresses? Do you do hair challenges and take hair photos to share with your equally hair-minded friends? How far have you gone in your love for your hair?
Laquita’s list is great, and reveals the explosion of natural hair resources online. When I first started Afrobella, I only knew about Nappturality and Motown Girl. Now there’s Going Natural, Hairlista, Hairlicious, The Long Hair Care Forum, Black Hair Media, Texture Playground, AfroGlitz, Natural Belle, Naptural Hair Story, Naturally Scandalous, Newly Natural, Highly Textured, Black Girl With Long Hair, Curly Nikki, The Coil Review, On The Road to Queendom, The Natural Haven, Kinnks, The Natural Hair Care Guide, and Honey Brown Sugar. Woo hoo! SO many great websites holding it down, providing knowledge, and growing the community online! And we haven’t even addressed the world of YouTube and Fokti!
If you’ve got a favorite natural hair website that I haven’t mentioned, holla at me so I can add it to my links. And FYI, I got the photo above from this website, in case you were seeking hair inspiration.