Evarita Kamau’s #Hairstory:

I am that child whose mother loved long hair and I had relaxed hair before I was 10years.  And thus began my relationship with relaxers and salons.  I was blessed with hair that grows pretty fast.

Full fro

Full fro

Most of the time during the school term, I had to endure the bi-weekly visit to the local hairdresser and the smell of her thighs as she plaited my hair in lines. I totally hated the blow-drier process but what else was there?

Long flowing relaxed hair

Long flowing relaxed hair

As I grew up, I developed a love of doing hair, which I still retain.  I had dreams of running my own salon that was airy and beautiful with rays of sunshine bursting through the windows. And happy clients.

Curly Fron on Relaxed hair

Curly Fron on Relaxed hair

I cut my hair once, in my early twenties to a TWA after a bad horrid break up. But I mostly stayed far far away from scissors except for the occasional foray into a short haircut.  I quickly discovered I did not like having to re-style my hair every few days so these forays were few and far apart.

Short Cut

Short Cut

Then one day about 4 years ago, change stirred up somewhere in the depth of my belly.  And as they say, when a woman changes her hair something big is about to happen.  I did not realise it then but I slowly started changing my hair.  I became more expressive in my hairstyles…even pulling off a Rihanna- Mohawk style complete with the fiery red color.

Rihanna Inspired red mohawk

Rihanna Inspired red mohawk

I had always had a love for color but hated the work involved.  Then my trusted hair-dresser started moon lighting and I suddenly found myself at a loss.

As I struggled with change in my life, the last thing I needed was a struggle with hair stylists.  We already had a love-hate relationship with the drier…every salon visit had to have a power struggle with my stylist over how long I would sit in the drier.  Man did I HATE that part!!

Flamin red head

Flaming red head

As fate would have it, I stumbled on a natural hair page on Facebook that was just starting out.  And for the first time in my life, natural hair became an option.  I didn’t have to go to the salon; I could do my hair at home. No more wasting 3 precious hours in the salon on Saturday and best of all no more drier!!  What was there to lose?

I went natural and have never looked back.  Being a DIY fan I love the freedom of being able to do my hair at home.  I have grown it to near chin length, coloured it red, orange and now striving for blond.  Got a tapered cut, which I loved.

Hot red tapered cut

Hot red tapered cut

I tried to grow my hair and it was a struggle and quickly gave up.

Thanks to my shenanigans I am currently spotting an unexpected TWA, which I am learning to love. Its amazing just how much attachment one can place on hair. I have to keep reminding myself that I am not my hair and not feel so very lost with this new length. I keep stretching my hair in the hope that it will have grown overnight much as I know that doesn’t happen.

Latest blonde TWA

Latest blonde TWA

What do I love most about natural hair? The freedom it comes with. I love that I do not have to comb my hair everyday (apparently I don’t like combs) and that when it drizzles I am not running for cover worried my hair will shrink. But most of all I love that when I am late styling my hair is not a consideration and I have an extra two minutes to throw on some mascara or decide which lipstick I want to wear. I don’t think I would go back to relaxers but I do miss having long flowing hair.

Images courtesy of Evarita Kamau

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