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'When it comes to natural hair I have wondered for a long time why it seems as though we as black women with lose natural hair have to do so much to our hair to maintain it. Why does it feel like I have missed the point altogether, going from having to have bi-weekly ‘touch-ups’ for my relaxed hair and avoiding the rain for the life of me, has been replaced by an equal level of stress with my afro: weekly wash-days, having to stretch it out every night, a 15 minute undo-and-fluff session followed by avoiding all humidity during the day. It doesn’t really feel like the freedom I was looking for when I went natural, and to be honest, it doesn’t feel very ‘natural’.'

"The concept of being ‘in possession of one’s self’ is about reclaiming that of yourself which has been defined externally, generally though lack of or skewed representation. I have come to the realization that my body is my own, I may share it with another, and that is a gift and a pleasure for both of us, but first and foremost it belongs to me."

Hello again to you, AHIF readers. First, I have to start with an apology, my lack of engagement on the page in the last couple of months has been terrible, and I am made aware of that almost every day when –despite my lack of activity- I get new LIKERS of the page.

It has long been agreed upon that regular low manipulation styling is one of the best things you can do for natural afro textured hair, particularly 4C hair. Though in the beginning, of your natural hair journey, it can feel like a bit of a chore to have to find ways to protect your delicate strands from the elements; for me  it has actually become something of a creative outlet.