Water is for healing, cleansing, renewal and rejuvenation. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs 83% water. When a mothers water breaks she brings life into the world. Water is representation of all things new. Water is used to dedicated our lives back to God. Water is used to keep the body hydrated, the earth moist, plants, animals, and the universe from overheating and dying. Water is the spiritual renewal of life.
Our hair is the ornamental beauty God gave us to protect our crowns, however the crown of the human body is not the hair. The crown is the head, the Vertex, the highest point on your scalp. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary:
“the crown is: the topmost part of the skull or head. b: the summit of amountain. c: the head of foliage of a tree or shrub. d: the part of a hat or other headgear covering the crown of the head. e: the part of a tooth external to the gum.”
If we understand then that the scalp is protecting our brain, our operating center for the entire physical body, four of our senses are in our head, and our spiritual connection to God starts at the top of our head where our Crown Chakra resides. Renewal then must start at the crown of our head and flow down our bodies. Each chakra center in our body must be touched by the water. If water refreshes the entire body, then we must know that to ensure spiritual connection, renewal, rejuvenation water must wash our body from the top of our head down to our feet. We must immerse ourselves fully in water to experience total renewal, healing, cleansing, birth, and rebirth.
If you are a woman, you must make this connection as a part of your divine feminine renewal. More specifically, if you are a Black woman. How does this connect with the divine feminine? Water renewal from our crown down is important because feminine energy is intuitive, it is wisdom. The divine feminine is supported innately by spirit of the creator through our intuitive understanding. A woman must be spiritually grounded and deeply rooted in the source of feminine energy to connect with creativity, nurturing, maternal connections, and healing support for herself and others. It is with this understanding that clarity and connection to neighbor can be manifested. Divine feminine collaboration is born out of villages that are run by and supported by women collectively. In order to present our wholeness, we must first be whole in spirit and in truth. We must first restore our energy back to ourselves before we can help and support others. What is the process for spiritual renewal before all other things? To immerse the whole body in water as it gives us life.
When water connects with our physical form, our bodies we open up; our muscles relax, or skin exfoliates, we experience refreshing renewal of ourselves. Women of most cultures wash their hair on a daily basis, or at very least two, or three times a week. Women in my community, the Black community commonly wash our hair on average once a week, maybe every other week, and some even longer, but what is rare is the Black woman that washes her hair more than once in a week. Not because we are not clean, but because we have been taught too much water will damage our hair, or it takes too much time.
Why is this even a concern or a conversation? Because our crown is not being nurtured, renewed, or replenished, yet every day that we wake up is a day where we know the heaviness of our assignment to be a community builder, a mother, a wife, a professional, an activist, a pastor, a teacher, and yes in a time gone by the machine that produced more human resources for the plantation without our permission or our desire being considered. The Black woman was the surrogate breast for white women, family members, and other slave mothers. Black women have been in fields with their heads wrapped from sunup until sundown, we have cleaned the homes and watched the babies of others coming home and sinking into a chair only to start again in our own homes, never having time to renew our energy.
As Black women we have created the multibillion-dollar industry for hair care products, purchased hair, and oils for our scalp, also products to protect hair against water, yet we are heavily burdened with the cares of everyone except ourselves without the fullness of renewal. Protecting hair against water because the amount of time it takes to prepare our natural hair takes too much time, or because we cannot keep paying for an appointment with our stylist. We would rather preserve the work we put in once a week, or every other week, or more, than to immerse ourselves in the replenishing, renewing, refreshing process that was presented to us as a gift from God at birth. Some would argue our hair would dry out from too much water, I argue if you use the moisturizers, the butters, the conditioners your hair would love the love you give it and grow, and your crown will honor you with clarity, creativity, and replenish your spirit.
The fact that we wash our bodies from the neck down indicates that our feet are refreshed more often than our scalp, more than our Vertex, our covering to our control center to our Crown Chakra is put on hold for days to ensure we can move our feet and get going faster, without having done the work to renew, replenish, and refresh our minds, our crown, our chakra where the “third eye” of wisdom resides.
We are offended rightfully so by the idea of being labeled “angry black women”, “bitchy”, demanding, overbearing, and argumentative, yet we cannot imagine how some of this is the outcome of all of our efforts to keep everything running for all of the facets that we live and serve while not taking time to really honor our body and renew our mind and spirit.
We should reconsider this; if we first ensured our crown was intact, even if it takes longer, even if it takes more time, even if it cost more, we should consider what the benefit of immersing our whole selves in the water would mean for our healing, our centering, our creativity, and our nurturing of self and our families, our communities, and the world. Maybe our blood pressure would be lower, maybe our mental health would be better, maybe our thoughts would be clearer.
Black women were not created to be a human resource, a tool for production, for usage like a machine. We were not created to support everything, everyone, and women of other cultures while neglecting ourselves. We are not made of steel. We must not get angry or carry the anger of the world around us because everyone except us, men included, are immersing their entire bodies in water for renewal daily, while we wait to refresh our entire body when it is convenient to wash our hair. We are delicate, we are made to be graceful, ours is a culture of peace, we are meant to seek our help from God.
Our hair is not our crown it is the ornament of protection that we decorate on top of our crown, and our hair should not determine how the rest of our body, mind, and soul respond to the issues of life. While great hair can make us feel beautiful, a nurtured crown will make us radiate from the inside out. The crown determines how we respond. The crown must be protected, nurtured, nourished, and given a chance to reset every day, or often.
Before you prepare to defend your hair care against my suggestion just know that I am only giving you something to consider when all else fails and you can’t shake the heaviness of the world, the depression coming out of the burdens we carry, consider immersing your entire self, from the top of your head, to your toes into the water that God gave us as a gift of life.
April L. Smith believes in the power of women rising. "We are the other energy of humanity. We are necessary to make humanity whole. We are joyfully and wonderfully made. We are In united agreement with all masculine energy that dreams of a better society." This blog is a facet of my authentic self. #PardonEve