Happy Lociversary! ๐Ÿ’‡๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ”’๐ŸŽ‚


You’re one year old, Ru. Happy Birthday!๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿฅ‚

{whispers} Ru, short for Unruly, is the name of the mane formerly known as Afrobella.

From Bella To Ru. ๐Ÿ—ฃ to @trini4true on IG!

How does it feel?! Stretching long and strong from crown to soul. From polished and impermanent, to rough and ready. Still a few lumps and bumps, but better for the wear(er). A masterpiece mastering peace.

Day 1! The journey begins!

It would be easy to say the my loc journey has been a mission of internal growth made manifest externally. It would be. It isn’t.

I have dermatitis… so thereโ€™s that. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

It would be easy to say that through the baby wick, swelling, and generally FUGLY stages it was easy to envision them; fully realized and long AF. It would be. It isn’t.

On one hand, curls last forever! … ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™„ I have to wash them out!

It would be easy to say that I feel more beautiful now than ever before, and my overall self esteem has been greatly enhanced. It would be. It isn’t. It hasn’t been easy. To navigate this shape-shifting adult body, redevelop my reemerging sense of style, and address a perceived increased in pressure to assume the accoutrements of โœŒ๐ŸพprofessionalismโœŒ๐Ÿพ

Sometimes I protest retwistsโœŠ๐Ÿพ

Before

After

Today

In a little more than a year I’ve grown an appreciation for the quirky, inside-out sort of beauty that I am. I spend less time getting ready… on my hair.

I feel a sort of badass empowerment knowing that bigotry, so mobilized by tax payer dollars, and cushioned comfortably in the bosom of bureaucracy, has seen fit to force itself into our salons and places of business. That my hair, our hair, has once again come under laser-focused scrutiny in the form of a Supreme Court ruling. ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ—‚๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ—ณ๐Ÿ“ฐ

I’m a cocktail of a sort.

๐ŸธA generous helping of pride and natural beauty

๐ŸธA spritz of oils and aloe gel

๐Ÿธ A heavy-handed pour internalized white supremacy

๐Ÿธ A sprig of IDGAF for garnish

You’re one year wiser, thicker, longer, and stronger. Here’s to you! ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿพ

I’m thinking about turning this into a series. What would you like to see first?

๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธLocs vs Dreds

๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธLiving with Locs & Dermatitis

๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธHow I Manage My Locs Solo

๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธFreeforn vs “Fashion Dreds”

Reply in the comments.

Love you, Ru!

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When Roze first went in 2012,ย  itย was kind of like a journal ... that other people could read. Embarassing. But I'm realizing that my voice, my experiences, my representation and narrative are valuable. There's room enough for me too. My talents and interests. My time is now. Roze

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