When I started this journey, it wasn’t about growing my hair to the longest lengths, it was about having the healthiest hair possible on my head.
I was suffering from Traction Alopecia, severe breakage, spot balding and more- all from stress, and years of mistreatment. I needed a change.
Immediately after I ‘Big Chopped,’ my hair was invigorated- it became thicker and stronger. I barely enjoyed the TWA (teeny weeny afro) stage, because I was learning so much about natural hair care, and trying styles all the time (which is why I created this blog- to keep track of everything!)
In all that styling, and product trying I never took the time to enjoy each stage of the journey, and before I knew it, my Nappiversary (1 year natural) had arrived.
And now, with this weave protective style in my hair
I am strangely aware of the fact that I ‘know how to take care of my hair.’ I might make mistakes, or get lazy, but overall- I know what I’m doing. And that means that someday, with continued good habits, my hair could resemble the weave I wear now- I could have this length.
And I started missing my TWA.
I miss detangling in the shower with conditioner, I miss always wearing my hair out, I miss not worrying about if my hair was brushing my shoulders, etc….
I am proud of my growth, and look forward to continuing my journey- but wish I’d allowed myself to celebrate the entire journey, including the beginning.
For those of you newbie naturals, that have just stumbled across NapturalNicole.com, welcome- and remember, before long- you won’t be a newbie anymore.
Enjoy the journey.
How many of you have BC’ed more than once? Miss your TWA?