*emphasis on the capitalized words*
a few weeks ago I tried doing the faux locs protective style (see any natural hair blogs for meaning) that I never had before, on myself, on my own. It took me about 10 hours to finish and it came out solid for my first try. I was thoroughly impressed with myself although it wasn't my first time around the DIY block.
last night I took out my locs to wash and treat my hair. I snapped (snapchat) a pic captioning it "wash weekend" (because too much work for one day.) to which I received a reply from my friend (and hairdresser) that it was too soon to take them out.
I thought so too at first - and if I had payed money to get them done I would have certainly made it last longer - but her comment for me thinking about how much better life is when you can do things for yourself.
I remember when I first learned what the term DIY meant. It was funny to me that there was a term for my lifestyle. Being a child of struggle you learn at a young age to make do with what you have. I was exposed, at an early age, to need versus want and it might have been the spark that ignited a life full of self sufficiency and creativity but doing things for myself initially derived from my desires rather than my needs.
My siblings and I made our own fun - making doll houses, swords and boomerangs out of cardboard boxes were just some of the things we taught ourselves to do.
Our "DIY" projects grew with us and evolved from creating things for fun (art) to creating out of necessity.
Going through the natural hair transition as well as transitioning out of blind consumerism on a broader spectrum has introduced me to a whole appreciation for DIY.
There really are much less limits when you are on your own time and your own dime.
when yo are capable of doing for yourself, the things you want done, you can do them whenever and however you please.
Peace to this and all the other DIY perks!
Kimolee Eryn is an artist and writer who believes in creating for a purpose beyond the purpose of creating. She believes that a life should be lived not just to sustain itself but to cultivate peace, love and growth in all adjacent beings and hopes to exemplify that in all she does.