Dear Newly Natural Me: Enjoy Every Stage

YeKa

Dear Newly Natural Me,

So, it’s just dawned on you it will be years before you have what’s generally considered to be long hair. You’re stuck with a TWA for who knows how long.

Now you’re binging YouTube videos on how to style short hair–flowers, bows, hoop earrings. None of that is your style. Sponge curls? On 4C hair? Next! Make-up? NEXT!

Pause.

Take a step back and appreciate what you have now. After nearly a year of wanting to do it, you are finally natural. Your wash days are wash minutes! You can air dry in hours instead of overnight. Your styling routine takes little thought and less effort, when you used to spend overan hour with the curling iron and still look a hot mess. Notice how your facial features are so well framed by that teeny weeny afro. (I sure notice how wide your smile is in…

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