So, this moment right here? This solitary act of affirmation? It’s been almost a lifetime in the making! My most recent smiles came after being reacquainted with the kinks, coils and curls that have always been around, yet I never knew — yes, my hair and I were virtual strangers!!! For years, I hid under the guise of perms, wigs or my “go-to” style, braids! There was even an edge crippling, mind numbing weave experience!! And although there is absolutely nothing wrong with using these accessories to enhance one’s beauty, I’ve never had the opportunity to showcase that beauty…until now! Looking at this follicle free-for-all makes me so very happy! So I said goodbye to the chemical confinement and the cultural conformity and hello to the newly nappy natural me!