Nov 16, 2013

22 Hair, Natural Hair–Observing Texture & Character Changes in My Hair Due to Greying

I love my natural hair. I love the flexibility and versatility it allows me all without altering it drastically with chemical relaxers and hair dyes/color. 
 
Now before I go further let me make this announcement: ALL HAIR IS GOOD HAIR! cause I know some of you watching the photos of my hair with all the waves and shit, will be saying, “yeah but you got good hair,” and my statement to that comment would be, “bite you tongue, all hair is good hair.” For those of you who get so lost on hair, length and texture let me share this, my mother and sister deliberately and consciously shave their heads. Yes I said shave-as it take off all their hair, they rock the bald look! How you like them apples! They do  not let society and some racist crap about “good” hair determine how they look. They determine that themselves. Now where was i before I digressed?
 
Oh yeah, loving the flexibility and diversity of my natural hair. I can rock a twist one day and a wild mid length fro the next and if I am in the mood (which is rare), I temporarily press it to rock a straight look then wet it and have it delightfully come back to its natural tight curls. And! If I am channelling my ancestors, my paternal grandmother, my roots I rock the wraps in every color imaginable.
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The past couple of years though, I have noticed some changes to the texture due to greying. Well my hair is actually silver-white not grey, and it has a personality all its own.  Like me my hair don’t do half measures, its no one strand you can pluck out, oh no its the whole damn head. Do you see the photos how the silver-white its peppered throughout my head. If I were to start plucking I’d be bald.
 
What I’ve observed about the sliver white hair, is that it is wilder, more curly, difficult to tame at times. This new hair is not about laying flat and behaving, oh no, not by a long shot. But you know I tame that sucker right, cause am not about to let no hair run me, oh no. Who is the boss, I am that’s for damn sure. As i was saying, the silver-white hairs are dryer-now I have to moisturize it more and it feels more coarse – due to the dryness I suspect.
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None the less I am loving my hair anyway. As for the coloring. I have been thinking about it. Been thinking for the pass three years. What’s the delay, reluctance, hesitancy? The upkeep, the expense, I do not wish to be a slave to coloring and recoloring my hair. It is the reason my hair  is natural in the first place. I had no desire to keep chemically relaxing my hair every 4-6 weeks, plus the chemicals was brutal to my hair and scalp! Not to mention the lack of personality, it just hang limp like a dead dog and I had to spend hours curling only to have the humidity laugh and droop it all with its suffocating heat.
 
So here I am loving my natural hair, its flexibility and versatility, accepting its new characteristic quirks and embracing its salt and pepper (as they say in the Islands) appearance, not pepper and salt because as you can see I am half and half with the pepper (black) quickly fading into obscurity.

22 comments:

  1. The silver (grey) hair is like that but I'm loving it too! Even long! Stopping by to say hello! Hope your weekend is good!

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    1. This is what I am realizing. It has a personality all its own.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Yes you would be bald hehe, so many silver strands!
    I personally love my natural hair too, and I have learned to appreciate the texture of it so much. When the comb goes in, it doesn't come out hehe but I love it anyway. I feel beautiful when I have my afro.
    Your hair is like my sister's :)

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    1. Exactly. My family grey early so am fighting a losing battle, instead i decided to simply embrace them.

      Oh believe me I know about the comb going in and refusing to come out. Thats why water is my friend, water for our texture hair helps. I stand in the shower and let it soak in real good, and it softens and is a little more manageable, then i set about gently combing through it.

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  3. I love grey hair and have said I intend never to color them out of my hair when the time comes. And you do have lovely hair.

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    1. Ah from that statement I take it you don't have any? I don't think its the grey hair so much as it is getting use to the transformation in your looks, for so many years you are use to your face looking a certain way with dark hair. It takes a minute to make that shift, some don't make it at all, then again that is the beauty of choice. I just think with all our options of braids, weaves, wigs, we need not process our hair to death.

      Thank you, you have lovely hair as well.

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  4. The salt and pepper looks beautiful. It gives your hair loads of personality. Good for you for embracing it.

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    1. Why thank you very much. Oh yeah personality it does, its why I love my natural hair, it just got loads of character. I am embracing. thanks again.

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  5. Strange, I have some grey strands also....and I am not "plucking" them out..

    Your hair is so nice....I love the color and it just looks like you highlighted it.

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    1. Highlights huh, hehe.....lots of highlights. Thank you.

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  6. I love the positivity of this post. I too am having some greying in my hair. I thought it was just me, noticing how the texture is so different from the other hair.

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    1. Gurrrl that texture got a mind and personality all its own. its quite and adjustment that's for sure.

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  7. All hair is great hair because I'm losing too much of mine. What I have left refuses to cooperate so I cut it off! I'm boss around here too.

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    1. haha you sound like my mother, she has taken to shaving it all off, every single strand, she has been doing it for over 10 years.

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  8. How to take photos with my mind the process was simple all I had to do was take some deep braths and really focas on what I wonted to captuse.
    It was important like to have natural chestnat in protects my hair colour.
    I don't understand with the white colour in my hair .. I never wanted to me.....
    Thank you for help me all the time Rhapsody!
    Michiko

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    1. Well i think with many things in life we have to make adjustments regardless if we want to or not, graying hair is no exception.

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  9. You have pretty hair Rhapsody the pepper look has come early for you. Embrace it :)
    Enjoy your Weekend x

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    1. It has definitely come early and without apology, i have no choice but to embrace it.
      thanks, you to

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  10. From one salt and pepper natural to another . . . I not only love this post, I also absolutely love your hair. I can relate to all of the sentiments you present here - contemplating color but not wanting to trade the peace of natural hair for the upkeep of color, adjusting to the 'new" you with white hair, the whole good hair foolishness, gray hair and its attempts at disobedience . . . nonetheless, let me say, Rhapsody. You have lovely hair . . . thank you so much for sharing it.

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    1. Thank you for coming and joining the conversation. Yes the adjustment, you get use to seeing your face a particular way. You relate that look to part of your identity, the ME-this is what i look like. Then the gray hair comes in an says well not anymore you better get use to this because honey this is the new you, unless of course you do the dye thing, but then that got a price and a commitment up to up keep am not sure am willing to take on.

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  11. What a lovely post. Your hair is beautiful. Now that we are two years beyond this post's date, how has your hair changed? Do you have more white hair? Has it maintained its characteristics? Is it more disobedient? less?

    And I agree with you on a very important point. All hair is good!

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    1. Blessings Jazzwife:
      Its so good to read from you. Yes I have more silver and yes it is still disobedient as ever. I am loving it anyway though still vacillating sometimes between color no color and settled for the once in a blue moon temporary wash out in 28 shampoo type. I realize I won't do the permanent at least not anytime soon. I learn to never say never, right now am good.

      How are you? Have you started blogging again?

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