In exchange for living on an island paradise, there is a basic issue that one must accept: You may not always be able to get what you want when you want it!
I have fallen deeply in love with aloe vera juice (AVJ as it is known in the natural hair culture)! My need is serious, y'all. I am firmly convinced that AVJ is 99% water and 1% pixie dust as it handles so many of my issues with one blow! Between the instant moisture from the water content and the cuticle sealing effect from its acidic ph, AVJ is my homey, lover, friend....no doubt! So, you can imagine the bone chilling horror that raced through my very SOUL when my
dealer local pharmacy told me that they would not have any more until "probably" next week! PROBABLY??!! Perhaps I wouldn't have fainted if it wasn't for the fact that this was the same answer I got LAST week!! My hair week flashed in front of my eyes- How will I detangle? Who would moisten my 'fro in the mornings....and afternoons.......heck, who am I kidding, evenings, too? Will my scalp revolt? What will my Jojoba/Shea mix say? What is the POINT of going on?!
Suddenly, I realized that I hadn't fainted but had experienced a cinematic montage in my mind's eye and was standing there with my mouth slightly open and blankly glaring at the assistant. She repeated, "Is there anything else I can help you with?" Too ashamed to confess my addiction, I casually reached for some glycerin, epsom salt and a Burt's Bees tinted lip balm...duck mouth.
Mind you, there are many ways for me to survive until next week. It may take some doing, but it's far from impossible. I have to laugh at myself when I realize just how uppity I have become that plain old water is now no longer good enough to satisfy the moisture my hair craves and that my fingers have better things to do than to personally address any tangles that may pop up in the next week. It's amazing that to me how quickly I forget that there are some things that I can truly live without if I had to do so. Having them makes things easier, but they still aren't essential to my survival. Interestingly enough, I am back to something that is essential: water...at least for this week. Water is a staple of life that we really WOULD die without. I think I may use this momentary AVJ shortage as a teachable moment for my kinky-coily soul....
LisyX byWendy Nikolle'
"As the deer pants for flowing streams, so my soul pants for you, O God." Psalm 42:1 ESV
My observation on myself is that there have been many times that I have neglected to feed my dry soul with the Living Water of the Word of God. Perhaps I tried to replace meetings with Him with some other activity that seemed fufilling. Do I thirst for Him daily? One of many rules listed in the "Naturalista's Guide to Happy Hair" is no matter what routine or products your hair may respond to, try to be consistent. Consistent may be defined as daily, weekly or monthly depending on the treatment. But you can definitely tell the difference if you miss a step or short cut it. Sometimes I forget that returning to the Well of Living Water is not a luxury...its a necessity. The Holy Spirit is constantly calling to us but it is up to us to answer the call. And whether its a call for a deep treatment or just a refreshing spritz in the middle of the day, we should all thirst for the meeting. It keeps us responsive to His Will and ready for His service. My AVJ is awesome and I will sho 'nuf be in the front of the line when the shipment lands. But until then, the water in my spray bottle will serve to remind me that there is a more vital nourishment that I truly cannot live without. Don't try to replace it.