I have an intense love of all things natural hair, specifically my own natural hair. What can I say, hair care is my self-care. It’s the one thing I do for myself that truly gives me joy.
FYI this was one of my first posts back in January 2017, that I decided to revamp and reblog. So let's get into it!
In my opinion, your natural hair is something that authentically belongs to you and no one else. It is a work of art. A crown of jewels no one can ever take away from you. And the best thing is, it grows straight out of your own heads; no purchase required!
How does any of this tie in to self-care you may ask? Keep reading and I will tell you.
Now time to get personal: As a woman, God has blessed me to be naturally nurturing. I’m a person who always puts everyone else’s needs before my own. Count on me to come to your rescue with
help in a blink of an eye and think nothing of it. But you know what, over time attending to everyone else’s needs and not your own will slowly eat away at you like a cancer! It can riddle you with anxiety & depression (among other things). At this point self-care becomes a must! Self care is an essential tool needed to begin the healing process/or prevent mental illness all together!
When approached with the question, “What forms of self-care will you implement this week?” My response was always, “I don’t know.” It really would take me a while to think of things I wanted to do for myself, but wouldn’t due to lack of time, motivation, or money.
According to the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre
Self care is care provided “for you, by you.” It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you. Self-care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others.
So, one day I seriously thought about it and said to myself, “Olena do you realize you have been practicing a form of self-care all along?” I thought about how I consistently make an effort to care for my own natural hair . It’s part of my weekly routine.
Think about it fellow naturalistas. While caring for your own hair or having someone else do it for you, you will/are able to:
- Feel joy – Who doesn’t like their hair clean and looking good!
- Practice mindfulness – Concentrate on how you hair looks, smells, and feels. Take some deep breaths.
- Improve self-esteem – It’s a proud feeling to see what you have accomplished and even better when others notice.
- Feel a sense of achievement – Once your hair care session is done, you will be able to cross it off your, “Things To Do.”
- Feel relaxed – Tension is relieved when your scalp is massaged, or the heat of a hair dryer hits your shoulders
- Give you a chance to read – While deep conditioning or sitting under a hair dryer, it’s the perfect time to catch up on things you want to read.
- Participate in retail therapy – Buying hair accessories, head wraps, or hair products is fun, and will showcase your creativity.
- Initiate healthier living – When you drink more water, take vitamins, and eat more fruits & vegetables; it is good for your hair and overall health.
So do you see what I mean? In my opinion caring for my natural hair takes me to my happy place. It calms me down and allows me to express myself in my own original way. Apparently, others enjoy it as well, as seen in the growth of my Instagram platform.
My Question Regarding Self Care
Have you integrated some sort of self-care into your life? What ways do you practice self-care on a regular basis. Would you like to see more posts regarding mental wellness? Let me know, and take care of yourselves! And as always, don’t forget to like, subscribe, comment, and share!