My Albatross


I was thinking about how most of us have or have had hair challenges at some point in our journey. Even those with the most FANTABULOUS heads of hair, worthy of the hair envy and hair crushes of the natural masses, have probably struggled with some problem area or hair issue at some point in their natural HairStory (i.e. dryness, breakage, split ends, inconsistent curls, sections of hair that refuse to curl, heat damage, etc.). They had to figure it out and find a way to overcome their problem. Then, there are those who are in the midst of their struggle, madly searching for solutions. So, I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a category of HairStories related to hair challenges, past and present? These HairStories could be the platform for those looking for solutions to their most troublesome of hair problems and for others who’d like to share how they solved their worse hair issues in hopes of helping others.

Well then, I had to come up with a name for these HairStories. First I thought, “Challenges” then “Struggles.” But neither had a ring. Then the word albatross popped into my head. I know a few of you are probably saying, “Huh? Alba-waaa?!?!” LOL=). There’s a poem entitled the The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It’s about a mariner who shoots an albatross and is obliged to carry the burden of the bird hung around his neck as a punishment for and reminder of his ill deed. Now, although some may believe going natural is an “ill deed,” I take exception with that idea. However, I do find Merriam-Webster’s definition of albatross apropos for my purposes:

b : something that greatly hinders accomplishment : encumbrance.”

With that said:

What has hindered the achievement of your hair goals and how did you get Your Albatross off from around your neck?


If Your Albatross is still hanging heavy and burdensome, what is it and what have you tried to remove it? Maybe we can help! 


Send your “My Albatross” HairStory to If you solved or are in the midst of resolving your problem, 2-4 before and after pics would be great. If you are looking for a solution to your problem, a couple of pictures that demonstrate the issue would be helpful too!



3 responses »

  1. LOLOLOLOL! You are right. I was like alba what? LOL

    So, mine is simply ignorance. How about that? I did not know any better with the things I was doing to my hair (i.e. excessive heat styling, sleeping on my hair without it just out on a cotton pillowcase). Now, that I’ve learned and educated myself into the caring of my hair, i’m already seeing change. The broken spot in the crown is growing back on it’s own and I have virtually no breakage. Yahhh!

    Oh, was that the answer you were looking for?


  2. Ha!!! I had to steal the “Alba-waaaa??” I changed the post to say that! LOL!! Well, what I wanted was a submission for a “My Albatross” HairStory, but I guess I didn’t say that at the end, so adding that too!! Thanks!! LOL!!


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