Written by Esther Kanyua
It has been two weeks since I started my “transitioning” and I am running out of combs to break. I decided to talk to Lizzy, who has been rocking natural hair for about a year, for some much-needed inspiration.
Lizzy confesses that like most women with coarse hair, she was brainwashed to believe that only straight hair was beautiful. For over seven years, Lizzy spent a lot of money and countless hours on her hair. She sewed in her own weaves, permed her hair and even wore a wig.
In August of 2010, she made a not so routine visit to her hair stylist, demanding she shaves her head bald. “I was tired of being a slave to the Chinese!” she said.
She did not go bald, instead she walked out of the hair salon with a mohawk. “I am a rebel at heart.”
Lizzy urges women stop being conventional and to have the courage to live outside the expectations set by society. Not everyone can pull of a mohawk. she says, “You have to have the confidence to go with it.”