The Promised Land
I think it’s around this stage when we begin to wonder whether there’s an end to the whole hair journey. Learning to roll with the punches of single strand knots and losing bobby pins in a mass of twisted out twists becomes the norm. Weekly hair routines are just a part of life.
At that stage, I had even given in to the time necessary to properly detangle and deep condition. Reality had beaten me into submission and I gave up on the fanciful idea that I could somehow single-handedly create an effective method that only took ten minutes.
When your hair is thriving, you know how to handle it, you’re no longer afraid of humidity and things are good, it can cause panic. Even though all the struggle was to get to that point, the manifestation of it made me think about whether it would stay the way it was or whether some new, unforeseen challenge lay ahead of me.
Could there really be a promised land? Do hair journeys come to an end? And if so, what would that end mean, exactly?
I had visions of being able to flat ironing my hair on a whim, skipping deep conditioning sessions and the like. The months and months and months of restrictive styling would come to an end and I would be able to reap the benefits of those hard earned healthy inches of hair. Right?
For a few minutes, I was overjoyed. That quickly subsided. There was a feeling of disappointment. It felt very anti-climactic. For all the work that goes into maintaining healthy, thriving natural hair, we hope for a little more than an uneventful end.
Will Your Hair Journey Ever End?
Most people go out on a limb and try some kamikaze style hair straightening or hair coloring or whatever else is out there.
What then happens, is the dreaded setback. Once the setback occurs, they spend the next chunk of their time recovering from the setback. This is a diversion of sorts that keeps you on the journey, plugging away toward the promised land.
That leaves us with the question: Is there an end to the natural hair journey and what is it?