Yep, you heard right (or rather saw right) I’m doing Talkative Tuesday on Thursday. I’m a rebel at heart you know but the real reason I switched it up this week is because I wanted to celebrate my 1 year anniversary of releasing my first set of locs from my head. Yeah, I’m going all mystical, LOL, but seriously on September 30, 2009 around 6:30 pm I came home from work with purpose in my heart and scissors in my hand with the intent to cut off my locs. I sat down at my vanity, took one last look at what was and began the journey to what shall become. Don’t want to be redundant so you can read why I released my locs here. In sure swift motions I released 13 plus years of love, patience and self awareness on the floor. When I was done, I was left with a short little afro (us nappturals call it a TWA…teeny weeny afro) and I felt freer than I had in a long time. With the release of hair, something else was released as well and it felt liberating! I began this natural hair care journey 14 years ago to learn to love and accept not only my hair but myself…it has been a road filled with challenges but thanks be to God, no setbacks, just a constant walk forward to embracing every part of me, including my hair.
Here we are a year later and guess what…I am loc’d AGAIN! While I enjoyed my loose naps immensely I missed the coily ropes of my locs, so after having my hair comb coiled for easy maintainence while on vacation I made the decision (kinda but default) to restart my locs. It’s been 6 months since I started the journey to my 2nd and prayerfully last set of locs and I am enjoying the process this time. With my 1st set, I was still so unsure of who I was and how I defined myself but this time…I am older, wiser and more mature and with that brings a confidence that I did not have 14 years ago. It’s a familiar place yet strange at the same time and I welcome all the possibilities that it will bring.