When a blog reader asked me for advice on attaining beautiful skin and hair, I was immensely flattered. I grew up with acne, and suffered from it into my early 20s. It wasn’t until I changed my diet, that my skin started to clear up, and the breakouts were defeated. I still get the occasional pimple, but nothing at all like the ridiculous acne I had for so many years of my life.
Then there are my issues with my own hair. I went natural for the first time when I was 17. On the last day of school junior year, I showed up with my hair in a blown out afro! I wish I had the picture to show you. Next time I’m in Atlanta I’ll grab it, and post it to my Instagram.
For a couple of years I wore my hair in it’s natural state, and I really loved it. I wasn’t nearly as lazy as I am today, so maintaining my hair was a fun experience back then. It was thick and healthy, and growing quickly. Then, after 2 years au natural, I decided to start heat straightening it. Within 6 months I had destroyed my thick locs. I wore braids for a while, thinking that would cover up the issue, but eventually I realized that I had to cut off my hair and start a new. I chopped it short, and got a relaxer––my attempt to look like Halle Berry. After that, taking care of my hair became a source of anxiety (of which I have many), low self-esteem, stress, and frustration. To this day I don’t enjoy doing my hair. Even now that I’m wearing my hair natural again.
So, when that reader asked me for advice on skin and hair, you see why I was shocked and honored. After all of these years of struggle I’ve finally found what works. My hair is healthy, and so is my skin.