I’m Pin(n)ing For…

Natural Hair!

Me, June 2015!

I’m going back to my roots, y’all! I want to see and touch my natural tresses all the time. Below is a curated list of favorite Pinterest natural hair photos that inspire me.

I love seeing both of my parents’ hair textures in my own strands…something I haven’t seen since I was a little girl. I’ve cut most of the heat damaged ends and I’ve long since let the relaxers (chemically straightening hair) go. I have at least three different curl patterns, and I’m excited about that, too. I used to only value super straight strands, but now I can’t stop touching my varied curls.

For me, this is not just a trend, but a way of being. We are so blessed to live in the Information Age where we can turn to the internet for inspiration and tips on how to manage and nurture our hair. I’m forever grateful to the vloggers and bloggers out there, showing the masses how to enjoy the hair we’ve got (thank you!). I now see more women with natural hair and I love seeing our beautiful hair!

It is not always an easy journey, but what has helped me is surrendering and letting go of my own, dated constructs of beauty. The old constructs are relics of our past – straightened hair. There was a time and place for straight hair. Now is the season for my natural, curly, coily hair. Only this feels long lasting and so satisfying. Life long, even.

I built a personal hair routine I could manage in my hectic life. Clips, bobby pins, and scarves helped on days when I didn’t feel like doing anything to my hair or taking out my twists. Lately, I’ve fallen in love with wash and go’s and my routine is even easier than when my hair was straight. Yesterday, I literally rolled out of bed and into my flip flops, in search of some Cajun seasonings. I did not fret over my hair, I rocked a big ‘fro style. Once upon a time, that would not have happened. I’ve come a long way from always flatironing my hair before leaving the house. And, it feels amazing.

Check out my natural hair Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/syryn22/naturalista-all-her-glory/ for more inspiration and tips.

One of my hair crushes, Tracee Ellis Ross. Image courtesy of Fashionbellus at http://fashionbellus.tumblr.com/post/37266608968/i-love-me-some-her

Her skin is aglow and her regal afro is giving us life. Image courtesy of Curly Girl Revolution Tumbler page at http://curlygirlrevolution.tumblr.com/

Her curls go on for days, wild and free. Image courtesy of http://www.strawberricurls.com/natural-hair-guide-for-beginners/

Sassy afro + red lips = sexy. Image courtesy of Precious Henshaw’s Blog at http://www.precioushenshaw.com/post/81710284899/urbanna-love-my-micky-mouse-shades

Her whole look is funky, yet sexy. I love the hair color. Image courtesy of Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/51439620720762434/.

Tapered, curly, edgy yet beautiful. Image courtesy of The stylenewsnetwork.com, from http://thestylenewsnetwork.com/2015/02/19/2015-spring-summer-natural-hairstyles-black-women/.

Behold this captivating beauty’s regal crown. Image courtesy of http://www.shorthaircutsforblackwomen.com/how-to-transition-from-relaxed-to-natural-hair/.

~Your Curator of All Things Bold and Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Free People on Boho Love and Gypsy Soul

Image courtesy of Free People Clothing Boutique. Comes in 8 colors and looks sexy and comfy.

My Pinterest board, Boho Love and Gypsy Soul (https://www.pinterest.com/syryn22/boho-love-and-gypsy-soul/) has over 3200 pins of countless images of bohemian style pieces for the gypsy spirits. One clothier who is a constant on pin status logs is Free People. Free People’s bohemian inspired clothes have a vintage feel, yet also has a very modern, 2015 edge to them, making their clothes sought after by the rich and not so rich. Free People’s models and design inspirations take me to Coachella Music Festival, back to the colorful and vibrant streets of San Francisco and Berkeley.

I am always scoping their website to see what they will come up with next in bohemian and wanderlust fashion. Here are some of my favorite Free People pins (it was hard to choose which ones to showcase!):

Image courtesy of blog.freepeople.com.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

~Your Curator of All Things Modern Bohemian, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Words that inspire…

Image courtesy of http://lobstersandlilly.tumblr.com/post/105340201300 via pinterest.com

Image courtesy of Lisa Mende Design’s blog, http://lisamendedesign.blogspot.ca/2013/11/simplify-your-life.html via pinterest.com

Image courtesy of manifestprosper.com via pinterest.com.

Image courtesy of http://lewishowes.com/podcast/dr-amen/ via pinterest.com

I am a self-professed Pinterest junkie and I don’t see rehab for my addiction anytime soon. There are so many beautiful words and images out in the world, it’s great to have them right at my finger tips!

The above pins struck a cord with me because that’s where I am in my journey – simplifying and getting back to basics in life. It has been a bumpy, yet delightful time for me as I downsized homes, vehicles, and redefining a budget that doesn’t involve excess and overspending. I toiled with yard sales, Craigslist postings, hawking items to co-workers – chiseling away all the extras and unused items in my life. How liberating it was to sell what needed to be sold and to share with others what no longer was useful for me – my soon to be trash became others’ treasure.

I have wobbly, Bambi legs as I gather my new life and move about my new space – but it’s delicious to learn a new way of being. I am embarking on living an intentional life, deliberately creating a beautiful and loving space around me.

What’s inspiring you this week on Pinterest or in the great, wide world?

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

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