That’s my sister Keagan. Like many 11 year olds, she rides the bus to her 5th grade class room every day, loves to read, and enjoys playing on the computer. She also has a killer jumpshot.
But unlike many 11 year olds, when Keagan was born, the doctors told our family that Keagan would most likely never walk or ever talk. You see, Keagan was born with with microcephaly, schizencephaly, cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, and visual impairment. That’s a whole lot of big words to describe a little girl who just came into the world. I was 15 when Keagan was born, but by the time I was 17 – when Keagan was 2 – she was walking and using sign language to communicate. When our sister Skya – who was born a couple years after Kea – started to talk Keagan started to say her first words along with her.
To this day Keagan has continued to go above and beyond all previously established medical predictions of her physical and mental capacities. While her developmental delays still play significant roles in her day-to-day activities, she’s extremely intelligent; you’ll never meet a more inquisitive, talkative, active gal! I am not shy to admit that she beat me playing P.I.G. on the basketball court a couple weeks ago. So, suffice it to say that my family and I are extremely proud of her and how far she has come along.
But we’re here to talk about hair natural hair.
For a kid who is in and out of doctors offices, frequent procedures, and has had several surgeries, the added task of maintaining a head of hair is extremely difficult to say the least. In Keagan’s case, she would never let anyone touch her hair nor did she have the attention span to sit and have her hair done. Keagan’s doctors recommended, like they do for so many kids with special needs, that her personal maintenance be done while she was under anesthesia for her various procedures. And it so it was that five years ago my mom and Nana went into Keagan’s post-op room to 2-strand twist her hair. They were so cute, we all agreed. And over time, Keagan’s twists morphed into locs.
For Keagan, not having natural hair was never an option. Locs were a great choice for her (as well as for our sister Skya) because maintenance was simple and minimal. But now, Keagan’s in need of a change. Her locs have grown too long, too unwieldy, and they are uncomfortably hot in the humid summer. She also has this habit of untwisting her locs at the roots to put herself to sleep and now has a patch of loose, broken hair at the front of her head. Stay tuned as we join and support Keagan on the next step of her natural hair journey!