‘Nuff said! Hope everyone had an awesome day!
I think we can all agree that there’s no shortage of beautiful people on Instagram. Whether their interest is in fashion, fitness, beauty, art or maybe a funky eclectic look at life in general, you can’t deny them. They are there, the beauties of the world. A challenge comes however, when you fail to recognize yourself as one of those beautiful people. When you are fooled into believing that the body, head of hair or face that you are envying is perfect. When you discount yourself, your beauty, your physical attributes or even your hustle! When you let the fact that you are a complete bad ass grinding every day fall by the waste side because you’ve determined that based on some random photo uploaded to an application called Instagram, you aren’t good enough. This, my friends is a direct byproduct of not knowing who you are in Christ.
As an extremely visual person I happen to really enjoy Instagram. I seriously believe the application was made for people like me. From a health, beauty, hair and makeup perspective its focus on imagery and photography inspires me every day. Whether the photos have been extraordinarily altered or not this app never fails to give me ideas that get my creative juices flowing. Much like most other Medias however, there’s another side of Instagram that seems to be challenging the self-esteem and self-worth of many individuals around the world. The answer to this identity struggle, this lack of confidence, is to build a relationship with Christ.
Once you get to know Him, how absolutely beautiful He formed you and how beautiful you still are despite what you’ve been through, then you can begin to appreciate His other creations without feeling inferior. When you grow to understand that you were fearfully and wonderfully made and discover who God has called you to be, no one can make you feel anything less than what you are, royalty.
The January issue of Natura Magazine is here! With the gorgeous Kerry Washington gracing the cover I am even more proud to say that I am a part of Team Natura. With a focus on self empowerment, this issue is full of inspiration and encouragement for women to be who they are which you all know is right up my passion alley!
As a contributing natural hair blogger expert for this amazing online publication I always look forward to seeing the finished product that founder Malia Brown and team have worked so hard to produce. I highly encourage you to go check it out! From natural hair care, fashion and health, it is 188 pages of Awesomeness! Click the cover below to see what the January issue has to offer. You won’t be disapointed!
You can also check out my weekly blog posts for this great publication here.
There are days when I really want to achieve a certain look and my hair just does NOT want to cooperate. I’m sure we’ve all been there and frankly it can be down right frustrating…if you let it get to that point. Well, before I allow myself to get too worked up over my defiant hair I remind myself that, I am natural! And no matter what state my hair is in as long as it has some type of moisturizer in it, I’ll just throw some water in it, shake my head up and down and side to side and keep it stepping!
Wouldn’t you know that it’s those days when my hair does absolutely whatever it wants that I end up loving my hair the most. Here are some prime examples of my defiant hair at its best.
I guess sometimes we’ve just got to learn to trust our curls!
Its not perfectly coiled nor does it have the perfect pattern
It’s kinky yet and still somehow reminds me of cotton
I doubt that any company would chose my imperfect curls to represent their brand
But, all of that is ok with me, because my head of natural hair was perfectly formed by a king!
I love every kink, curl and coil so much despite who puts it down.
I’m a child of the most high God and my tresses are my crown!
I see a lot of conversations on whether this crazy onset of natural hair interest is simply a trend or a movement.
From a mass media perspective a trend or movement is heavily based on the number of people involved and the length of time something is considered popular. However, from a life and purpose perspective it’s instead the impact that embracing your natural hair has had on your life that determines it’s reality as a trend or movement.
This nationwide advance of women going natural is actually very personal. So much so that the words trend and movement should be used in a completely different context within this topic. A context of life and purpose rather than media and sales. So, when we think about it that way the true question becomes, how big of a difference has embracing your natural hair made to your life? Has it been a trend, something you’ve done just for fun. Or, has it been a movement, something that’s ended up changing your life.
Personally, my natural hair journey started off just as a trend, but today I can honestly say that embracing my tresses has indeed become a movement. It has revealed gifts in me that I never new I had. But most importantly, it has helped introduce me to something I am purposed to do, motivate, encourage and inspire others.
How would you classify YOUR natural hair journey? Trend or Movement?