After discovering the natural hair movement I quickly fell in love with it. I was so amazed athow many women embraced their natural hair textures no matter how coarse or unmanageable it was. Long ago, I ditched the creamy crack, aka The Perm, and since I had recently chopped off my heat damaged hair, I was all ears about learning how to care for my natural hair. Friends and family were very supportive, but also a bit surprised since I was known for always rocking a weave. Nonetheless, I loved my natural hair and became intrigued with the care, products and the journey of it all. But one day I said, “I want a weave.” And let’s be honest, I didn’t want a kinky haired weave. I wanted that, “silky Brazilian that don’t match with my real hair weave!”And I’ll admit, I felt like I was abandoning the natural hair movement, but then I thought to myself, why am I feeling bad about wanting a new weave? It’s a protective style, right? I felt as long as I’m keeping my hair healthy and damage free, then it shouldn’t be a problem.

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So thanks to Tiarra Monet and Ivy Powell‘s YouTube videos, I was able to make a custom wig. But this isn’t your grandmamas wig. I purchased bundles of virgin Brazilian hair, sewed the tracks to a mesh dome cap and use a silk based closure to protect my leave out. It’s so convenient! I’m able to take it off whenever I need to. If you ever had a weave then you know how difficult it is to moisturize your hair once its installed, so for the nights when my natural hair needs a little extra TLC, I can whip that bad boy off and get to work! Plus, if I ever have a bad hair day, I can throw it on like it’s a hat and keep it pushing without anyone noticing.

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Truth be told, I want women to embrace their natural hair, but it should be fun too! When I get bored I like to change up my hairstyles. It can be really inconvenient when you want to be ready at a moments notice, but you can’t because you need to do your hair. And I’ve had those embarrassing moments when my “twist OUT” turns into a “twist NOT” and I have to find all kinds of confidence to walk out in public looking like I have a big black ball of cotton on my head!! Lol! All I’m saying is, don’t feel limited in your style selection, but don’t be a slave to the weave either. Trust me, I did that and once I stopped wearing it I had no clue on what to do with my natural hair. But one thing I do know is I won’t risk damaging my hair just to achieve a certain style. So, am I natural? Yes! Do I wear weaves and wigs? Yes! And I love it! I love the versatility of natural hair. What are your thoughts about Naturales wearing weaves? Should protective styles only consist of braids, kinky twists or Locs? Share your comments below!