ME AND MY BIRD’S NEST…
Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
Cue in me at 12 years old, after starting high school and making big girl decisions. Yaas! I was given the go ahead to straighten my hair then (natural hair was just too high maintenance for me to deal with alone in boarding school anyway, and there was no YouTube then to guide me). Anywhoo, one of my beloved aunties took me to a hair salon and not only did I get my hair straightened, I got it ‘set’ with rollers too. I came out looking hot enough to make a dragon wanna retire man! Yeah baby! With one of those elaborate 90’s girl band hairstyles, featuring that infamous, never-ending, spirally side-burn gelled to one side of your face! Mmmhhh! I could have totes been the 5th member of XSCAPE. If ever there was a definition of ‘lit’, that was it, in the 90’s. You best recognize!
To cut the long story short, I kept my hair straightened for the rest of high school, with the occassional ‘Funkdafied’ braids (but that’s a story for another day). Once high school was over, I reverted back to my ‘normal’ i.e. natural curly hair which I found easier…. and loved the volume! But of course it aroused a lot of curiosity since I was in Australia, and the occasional hater’ation comment here and there from a few jealous African folk which is what inspired the title of this article. Yes, one time I sat in front of a petty frenemy, wearing my hair similar to these pictures. Just washed, blow-dried and with a bit of olive oil (yes laziness, but who cares). Shortly after, this said frenemy went to her twitter and wrote I’d rather have short healthy hair, than long unhealthy hair. Yes, because frizzy, undefined hair is the picture of ill health in petty people’s lives. Of course I knew she was talking about me hahaha That’s why I went to her twitter to check out the resulting pettiness. But you know what, my mother has always told me that when people choose to behave like that, they are simply jealous. And you know what, I believed her then, and still do TODAY. Holler to all the good parents out there, I see you! Anyway, the moral of the story is… you do you boo. If your hair looks like a bird’s nest (because you can’t be bothered to put a truck load of product in it and define it strand by strand), then ROCK IT un-apologetically like bird’s nests are the new ‘it thing’ in these streets… P.S. This post inspired our “Year of The Mum Swag” cover which can be viewed here.