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Natural Spotlight: A Testimony for My Curls by Jasmine Taylor


From the ages five to eight years old, the most terrible words to hear my mother say were “Jas! Bring the barrette box, a big comb and a towel downstairs!” Even the smell of that box was enough to ruin my entire mood. Whenever my mom uttered those words, I knew my scalp, and I were in for a long afternoon.

I remember standing on a kitchen table chair in front of the sink because I was too short to get my hair washed adequately without it. My mom used to use
Mane n’ Tail shampoo and conditioner on my hair for wash day. The smell of the conditioner, the way it defined my curls and how soft my hair was while it was in my hair was the only part of the entire process that I enjoyed; the rest is described as a form of passive-aggressive torture.

Typically, my hair was an all-day process. I’d get my hair shampooed around noon, deep condition until about four o’clock, have it rinsed and then the pain began. “Come sit on the floor right here” is what my mom use to say to me after she towel dried my hair. Sometimes I got lucky and would only have to deal with getting two or three ponytails but for the summertime especially it was cornrows, and yes, my mother is a heavy-handed, slow braider. I sat on the floor and cried the entire time hysterically while getting my hair done. Ripping through my thick coily hair impatiently with a comb, then tightly gripping the roots of my hair to begin each braid. I hated the process but loved the outcome every time.

Despite all of the drama that comes with the upkeep, I’ve always had desirable hair, thick, curly and long. My mom used to do a length check every other time she did my hair and right before I got my first relaxer, my hair was down the middle of my back.

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Ariane (Editor-in-Chief)

I am Ariane, full-time curly crusader, wife and mom. On this website we offer natural hair products, FREE natural hair tips, style ideas and support. More about my hair journey can be found here.

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5 Comments

  1. Joyce Howerton says:

    Nice Article Jas

  2. Carol Welch says:

    I remember Saturday was straighting comb on open gas stove burner. Had to sit on the floor and hold your ear so it didn’t get burn.

  3. Christina Riley says:

    This was a great read I can totally relate … keep the journey going

  4. Not Mane n Tail though lol You took me back with that one. Like you, I was also a product junkie when I first went natural. I think most of us were. I think it’s part the excitement of trying new things and part not knowing what the heck I was doing. Glad you learned to embrace your natural. Love the curls 🙂

    1. Jasmine says:

      Mane n’ Tail used to get all of us right back in the day, and thank you so much 🙂

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