When is it My Hair?

 

Last year in October, I celebrated my one year loc anniversary. I thought that I had escaped the questions about me locing my hair and didn’t think that with the progress, that this is the time that they would come. Most times I have my hair pinned up.

The questions that I got the most were Why you loc it? Another said you have nice hair, one coworker said to me after asking why I loc’d it that he doesn’t like when smart people make stupid decisions…… he caught himself after realizing that he had put his foot in his mouth.

I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations, no (hey)
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am the soul that lives within

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and considering locs and it’s history in Jamaica with the Rastafarian faith, me deciding to wear that style automatically changes people’s perception of me; some good and others not so good.  Now I’m getting the rasta, empress, princess and daughter more because it’s evident that I wear locs.

Admittedly, I was against wearing it and I thought that having locs meant that you were not clean- come on some rastas whether by religion or lifestyle make it bad fi some. However, one day after seeing friends and persons in my circle make the decision and take care of their hair and the results they saw after. Such results made me believe that it could happen to me as well.

I just wanted to loc because I don’t like combing my hair, I later learnt that in order to get the Kamilah Mcdonald, Sanneta Myrie or even Damion ‘Junior Gong’ Marley locs, your hair has to be healthy, you need PATIENCE and most of the time you are the one taking care of your hair.

I’m learning also that I should accept my hair for what it is, regardless of what society dictates.  Currently it is fuzzy and considering the environment that I’m working in, I have to find ways to reduce the level of fuzziness ( this topic is for another time).

Good hair means curls and waves (no)
Bad hair means you look like a slave (no)
At the turn of the century
It’s time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off like a South African beauty
Or get in on lock like Bob Marley
You can rock it straight like Oprah Winfrey
If it’s not what’s on your head, it’s what’s underneath, and say

What annoys me, is the comment about my hair type which is considered to be ‘good hair’, which makes me think that people have the perception that only people with bad hair should loc their hair, which is not true. Mi sure know say, when I need to do my hair, no one offers to  give me money to do it, so why do you think I’m going to trim for you? What is funny is that some of these people that we emulate and admire for their ‘good hair’ don’t even take care of it.

I’d say, go for people who regardless of their hair type aim for healthy hair. Nuttin not hurt me more when me see women have een the good good weave and dem ‘baby hair’ a beg fi likkle moisture or the kids hair need it too. Good hair only comes when you take care of it; ever since I’ve loc’d my hair my loctician has not told me about thinning locs, breakage or  that no progress has been made.

I commend all those naturlistas and relaxed babes out there who do take care of their hair, regardless of their hair type.

Lyrics from: http://www.metrolyrics.com/i-am-not-my-hair-lyrics-india-arie.html