Have you been thinking about going natural? You tired of burnt scalps due to relaxers? Or Are you just feeling overwhelmed by your hair?
Being a naturalista has its ups and downs, but it’s the best decision I had ever made for my hair and I’m going to share why it’s the best decision for your hair too.
Personally, I had no choice but to go natural, relaxers made my hair lifeless and within 2 years my hair went from waist length to above the shoulder, it was shedding, and I was losing hair despite taking care of it. The year was 2012 when my sister instilled in me that my hair would not grow unless I cut it.
That was the best decision for my hair and my hair has been flourishing ever since. Learning about my hair, trying different styles, different products, different methods – its all part of a beautiful journey. You don’t need to do a big chop in order to be natural, you can transition whilst doing protecting styles.
“Nappy is not a bad word “
Being natural is an investment in yourself, and here are a few of the many reasons why this investment is worth it:
Being natural gives you a sense of freedom and you know if you a natural, when you outside or in a meeting you feel free, with relaxed hair I feel like you always check to ensure it’s combed and seamless where as with your natural hair you let it do what it wants. There aren’t any limits with natural hair, and you’ll have a sense of liberty that will show in all aspects of your life. You will feel freer, more confident, more certain in what you want !
2. Healthier Hair
There is really no explanation needed right, I mean it’s not like your hair is free of chemicals or anything. But your hair will be healthier because you can wash it more often, you will be combing it less which leads to less breakage. It will be free from scalp burns or glue which will feel liberating as your hair in its natural form is beautiful.
” Invest in your hair, its the crown you never take off “
3. Hairstyle versatility
Often people think becoming natural the only hairstyle you can do is rock your natural afro or rock “ugly” hairstyles but you have access to thousands ( yes girl, thousands ) of hairstyles. There’s no end to the combinations you can do with your natural hair:
• blowout / straighten
• different updos
• high/low puff
o protective styles such as
• cornrows/flat twists
but it does not stop there. You could add extensions, weave, install wigs, or even do crochet hairstyles – you could also do a mix and match where you could leave half your hair and mix with the extensions or weave. Either way, the options are endless and there is a hairstyle for any event
I recommend you just playing with your hair, and don’t judge a hairstyle until you try it.
Know that everyone has different hair types and what may work for someone may not work for you, but you can find the beauty in the hairstyle you created.
4. Being part of a Community
The natural hair community is very friendly and welcoming, hence when you decide to become natural there are several groups on Facebook, WhatsApp groups, and chat forums you could join to answer all your hair dilemmas or just for a sense of community.
If you are into black history – the history of our black afro, then you will feel a more sense to self, you’d feel as you are contributing to the history of Black People. You will feel proud.
” there is nothing more powerful than a black woman rocking her natural hair”
Although the #naturalhairmovement is very big right now, rocking your natural hair will still set you apart from the society’s standards of beauty or definition of “good” hair. People will look as it’s something different, random people will compliment how nice your hair smell, how it looks and fellow naturalistas might also give you a lil boost. It will also give you a sense of pride when you’re asked “is that your real hair“.
Natural hair makes you look more youthful, and certain hairstyles will make you look like a teenager, just embrace it, sis ! Sometimes some hairstyles make me look like I never left the age of 17. I see it as we have the option to look grown or young from just a hairstyle and that is versatility.
For all the reasons I mentioned before, being natural will have you feeling EMPOWERED, PROUD & A QUEEN and this will start influencing your decision making wanting to support black-owned business, not allowing people to step on you and also other aspects of your life.
Let’s start a discussion in the comments, let me know if there are any benefits i missed out or any doubts you having, let’s all engage !! Share this with friends and anyone you think would benefit from this !!
Disclaimer: When it comes to your hair, only you have power over it. Anything you do make sure it’s your own decision and not someone influencing you. Being natural is a commitment and only do it if you want