My name is Alana but I prefer to be called Poe. Poe is short for Poetree and from my name, I am a poet. I represent and support anything natural for it is true health for the mind, body, and soul. I accept myself exactly how I am, and so, I am able to be completely natural in the way I always wished to be. FRO is much more than hair but the ultimate acceptance of YOUR definition of beauty in all shapes and forms.
In my youth, I never permed or relaxed my hair, however, I was not shy to dyes and heat. My mother, a Native American, Panamanian and African American mix, had beautiful 4C hair where as my 3C hair couldn’t compare; my biological Puerto Rican father had the blame in that. Nevertheless, I didn’t have the confidence or knowledge to care for my waist length hair while in middle and high school.
I cut my knots out of my hair, I was scared to comb it, I didn’t know HOW to comb it, I straightened it every chance I got and I dyed it red, orange, blonde, brown, platinum, grey and blue. I thought I was being different but in actuality, I was very lost. My hair is my culture and I was ignorant to that when I was younger.
I consider myself natural since the day I was born however, I’ve been damage-free for 2 years. They were two LONG, EMOTIONAL and STRUGGLING years. I did everything I needed to care for my curls: deep conditions and hot oil treatments every week, co-washes, using only sulfate/paraben free and/or organic products, and doing protective styles every month etc. Eventually, I brought my ear length hair to mid back length and it felt like I climbed Mount Everest.
My curls, my love for my curls; the reason why I maintain my curls, is not for physical beauty. It is to allow myself to truly understand that I am a proud, silly, and strong woman made with the colorful mix of Native, African and Caribbean blood. I am my curls. It is what makes each strand and type unique for each woman and man on this earth.
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