7 Things I Learned As a Black Girl the First Year At A University
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7 Things I Learned As a Black Girl the First Year At A University

For African American Women who know the true hair struggle.

7 Things I Learned As a Black Girl the First Year At A University

As Black Girls, sometimes our struggle can be very different from those of our fellow classmates. There are some specific things when it came to hair that I had to learn the hard way when I entered college.

1. The most Important: The water is HARD

For some odd reason, every university EVER has been cursed with the water of one hundred years ago. You cannot, I repeat, CANNOT wash your hair as frequently as you did at home. If you wash your hair with hard water, you may as well be washing it with chlorine.

2. Finding a Natural Buddy will result in less hair fails

For all of my natural ladies out there, find someone who understands the struggles of 1. Detangling 2. Washing/conditioning 3. Spending hours upon end looking and trying new hairstyles 4. Twisting/knotting/curling, The list is endless! Finding a natural hair buddy will not only give you a new friend, but someone who can help you out!

3. Never listen to a person who sounds like they have no idea what they are talking about.

Whether it be hair, or the reason you got into college, determine who is preaching and who is full of you-know-what. Then put on your headphones and on with your life.

4. Find the girl who does $20 sew-ins

Every school has one. There is always a young lady with some talent looking to make some extra cash. Ask around, I’m sure you will get the hookup, and you will be laid like Bey in no time.

5. Go ahead and explain to your white roomies how a sew-in works

I know you don’t want to, but trust me, this will make things so much easier. All of the questions that you already don’t want to answer are answered in this one conversation.

6. Find the local beauty supply store

Will have you feeling like…

This will be your second home from now on, get to know it. It will result in you making more hair buddies, which results in finding a new hairdresser, which results in a happier you.

7. Worst come to worst; ROCK THE FRO

And understand, people will never stop asking to touch it.

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