My-Cherie

My-Cherie

I've received some interesting feedback from readers since perming my hair. I had a chance to chat with my fellow sister, Mosetta, founder of A Nappy Hair Affair. One of her napfirmations is: “My hair my be straight, but I have a nappy mind.”

I love it! I told Mosetta that since her last email to me, I made the decision to relax my hair, despite resistance from the curly community. She gave me some great advice that I will continue to apply whether my hair is kinky or straight:

“It all depends on where your mind is. If you love your black self and don't want to be anybody else but your black self then you don't suck. You ROCK!” Thank goodness for Mosetta.

I've been out and about for the last couple of months in Austin and other cities with my hair relaxed in a variety of styles. I still get the same positive comments about my hair that I did when it was in an Afro. This affirms to me that it's not about whether or not I have straight or kinky hair. It's about the inner qualities that I project that shine on the outside. My hair may be straight, but I have a nappy frame of mind. I am still a strong black woman with Jamaican and Cuban roots. I'm still an ambitious entrepreneur. I still love to model and act. I am still a poet. I am still a sister, an auntie and a friend. I still love myself, and my wonderful husband loves me too.

I look in the mirror every morning and say, “I am beautiful.” You should try it. Not because of the texture of your hair, but because of what dwells inside the curly, straight, kinky or nappy you.


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