I never grew up reading Dr. Seuss but I knew of him for the longest time. Then I turned 19 I had my first encounter with one of his books “Green Eggs and ham” and I could not stop reading it! I offered to babysit quite a few of the kids in my church just so that I can get a chance to read Dr. Seuss books over and over again. I know. I honestly can never tire of the inspiration that he was and below is what he taught us about our natural hair.
The first lesson is in self-acceptance and learning to love your hair the way that it grows out of your scalp because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind:
The second lesson speaks to just embracing your hair’s uniqueness; the uniqueness of your curl pattern, your porosity, your length and your youness because only you can be the best version of yourself:
Lesson 3 shows us the importance of standing out intentionally and ceasing to wish that our natural hair was like “so-and-so’s”. You would do yourself and the world a favour if you were brave enough to stand out and not fit in:
Lesson 4 teaches us not to procrastinating in maintaining our natural hair. You know that moment when you know you should be putting your hair in twists before gooing to bed but you don’t? You know that moment when you know you should pre-poo 30mins before you shower but you decide to press snooze? You know that moment when you know you should deep condition this week but you wait for another then suddenly 2 months have passed? Well, don’t say Dr. Seuss didn’t tell you to GET ON YOUR WAY:
Lesson 5 really resonated with me on my journey because reading was what enhanced my natural hair journey. Commit to reading and learning more and more books, blogs and articles about your hair and how to take care of it to achieve optimum health because I tell you, you will go places on your hair journey:
Lesson 6 refers to my not-so-favourite day of the week (but things are slowly changing)… WASH DAY. Dr Seuss teaches us in this moment to enjoy the value of the moment of washing, conditioning, massaging, detangling and especially pampering your hair because this moment will pass.
Lesson 7 Reminds us to always keep it light and fun. Enjoy your hair, play around with it and don’t take yourself too seriously:
And the last Dr Seuss quote teaches us that even if you have not been the nicest to your natural hair, forgive yourself and find something to be grateful for today. There is always a 2nd chance tomorrow to be better and to do better when we know better:
Hope you liked these quotes and they spurred you on in your journey as they did mine.