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Do You

I have been wearing my hair natural for a little over a year (I think). Back then, I didn’t know about any websites that focused only on natural hair. I am happy to say that is not the case anymore. I know enough about natural hair to give others advice about transitioning, products, styling etc. Recently, a friend of mine has decided to go natural. She sent me an e-mail wanting to know a few things. I sent back a novel of information!

One of her “worries” is the reactions she will receive from people. She has been doing a lot of reading (as many new and old naturals do) and has seen that a lot of the women haven’t received the greatest response or encouragement from friends, family, and strangers.

I didn’t have any negative reactions from anyone in my family. My mom loves it, my husband says this is his favorite hairstyle I have had (he’s seen me in braids and relaxed hair) and I have a cousin that is “transitioning!” I have had strangers come up to me and tell me they like my hair and have asked for advice. So I guess I am one of the lucky ones……for now. Right now my hair is in braids but for all I know in a couple months or years I might get that ignorant comment or look from someone.

After telling her that my reactions have been positive, that put her mind at ease. I wanted to do something to help giver her a little more confidence to “embrace the kinks”  so I designed and sent her a card for encouragement:

The card is of a woman that is natural and loving it! She has the big hair, big shades, and the big attitude to go along with it. Next to her are the words “Do You.” I chose these words instead of “Congratulations” or “Welcome to the natural world” because in life, unless you do what you want, you will never be happy.
I think I was also subconsciously giving myself advice. Right now, I am working on building my empire (designing for interiors, events, graphics, stationery, etc) and though it is still a work in progress, I am much more happier now than I have been in the past. 
I am really pleased with this design and the message it is giving. It will be available for purchase on my site (it’ll be up very soon). I know there are many people that need encouragement while they embark on their journey…..no matter what it is.
Have you decided to just “Do you” despite what others might say?
Contents and Designs ?Shanika Pichey. All Rights Reserved.

3 Comments

  • rUntoNamAste

    Can you PLEASE put that graphic on a t-shirt. I would rock the hell out of it! Great message girl. I've been natural for 3 years now and I get both negative and positive comments. At first the negative comments used to bother me but then I realized how much more empowered I felt with my natural hair. It's a bold move and it takes a bold, strong and confident woman to rock her God given tresses proudly. Do whatever makes you happy, be it natural or relaxed hair. Essentially, do you! 🙂

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