After years of being natural and learning so much about my hair, I’ve decided to create somewhat of an online journal in order to keep track of the things that keep my natural hair happy, as well as the things that don’t.
I Was (Naturally) Frustrated
After shaving my head bald in October 2011, I had no idea what I was doing. The only thing I knew at the time was that my relaxer was growing out and I had no one to “deal with” my hair anymore like I did prior to moving to the West Coast.
I felt alone because I no longer had someone to tell me how to take care of my hair or to take care of it for me. I was frustrated because I didn’t know how to deal with both the relaxed parts of my hair AND my natural texture that was growing in.
The area I’d moved to was not only less humid than I was used to (which meant extremely dry air and extra thirsty hair), but it was also an area where there were ZERO hair salons that knew how to maintain type 4, high porosity natural hair.
My heart sank as I realized that for the first time in years I’d have to figure out what to do with my hair on my own.
Deciding To Go Natural
For me, going natural wasn’t a hard decision, but the doubts and uncertainty came AFTER doing my big shave.
I decided it was time to stop relying on someone else to take care of my natural hair because I knew that by eliminating chemical relaxers and regular salon visits that I would not only save a lot of money, but I would really get to know and take care of my hair.
Whether you’re just starting your journey, or you’re a veteran naturalista, deciding to go natural can be a big deal that can leave you feeling exposed and like you’re out of place.
Wondering what the heck a hair journey is? Check out the following post:
Luckily, you don’t have to feel the way I did when I first went natural because by sharing my story, I’m hoping I can make you realize that the issues you’re facing in your journey are common with our hair texture and porosity.
Wondering where I am in my hair journey? Click here to read my latest hair updates!
The Journey Ahead
Little did I know, getting to know my hair would be a journey and not just another thing I’d quickly be able to mark through on my “To-Do List”.
My Hi-Po Fro is the continuation of my natural hair journey and a detailed account of my experiences and an opportunity to bring high porosity naturals together.
Let’s face it, there aren’t nearly as many bloggers out there with high porosity hair as there are low porosity hair.
Why not make finding others with our type of hair easier? Why not create a community where everyone can relate to each other?
Knowing You’re Not Alone
Although our natural hair journeys are our own, it doesn’t mean we have to go it alone. I wish I’d had someone out there to help me figure things out when I was a new natural, and I only hope that by sharing my journey with you, you’ll realize no matter what you’re going through with your high porosity natural hair, there’s someone else out there who is struggling with similar obstacles and things don’t have to be as hard as they seem.
I’m a strong believer in having s simple hair care routine because I believe that all textures of hair can grow long and healthy and that high porosity type 4 hair is no exception.
The tricky part is figuring out what works for YOU and if you’re feeling stuck or feel like you’re out of options and are destined to be an unhappy natural, I’m hoping that by sharing what has (and hasn’t) worked for me will give you a better idea of where to start than I had on that cold October day I decided to go natural.
Although I aim to inspire, it’s important to know that I’m not a guru (I wrote a post about that here) and that what works for me may not work for you, but who knows? Maybe by reading my story you’ll have that magical “AHA!” moment (which is an amazing feeling).
A Place For Hi-Po Naturals
Sure, there are some naturals on YouTube and other social media sites that have high porosity (a.k.a: Hi-Po) hair, but lets face the reality:
There really aren’t many places to find information geared strictly to those that have more porous strands.
Being high porosity myself, I get it. That’s another reason I decided to share my story because sometimes I feel like I’m the only one wondering where the hi-po naturals are.
While I may mention low porosity hair in general to compare or share some info, my journey is for those of us with strands that ingulf moisture as quickly as it is lost.
Whether you have genetically higher porosity hair, or the increase of porosity is do to bleach, heat, dyes or anything else, you’ve got a place here.
***While I have nothing against low porosity naturals (although I do envy you sometimes… just being honest here) I can’t really offer advice or ideas specifically for you for the simple fact that I’ve never been low porosity.
However, if you’re low porosity and find my journey interesting and useful, you’re always welcome here. I’ve learned quite a few useful things from low porosity naturals that I’ve been able to tweak and fit into my own routine, so never feel like you “don’t belong” here.***
As we all continue our natural hair journey, I hope you’re able to discover (or re-discover) the healthiest, most beautiful form of your natural hair, no matter your porosity.
Here’s To A Healthy Hair Journey!