I was so self-conscious when contemplating wearing my natural hair out for the first time... which is quite strange because my favorite line when transitioning was, "I can't wait to wear MY curls!"
I transitioned for approximately one year, wearing mostly braids, twists and sew-ins as I grew my relaxer out. My hairdresser cut a few inches off at a time and about six months in, I cut off the remaining relaxed hair. Even then, I still wasn't comfortable wearing my natural hair. After another sew-in or two, my husband, who was always a fan of my relaxed hair and NOT a proponent of weave, asked me a pointed question in a suggestive tone, "Baby, you grew out your relaxer to enjoy your natural hair. Why do you keep putting weave in it? It seems that defeats the purpose of ‘going natural’." I gave him “the look” and all the normal excuses to follow- "it's not long enough," "I won't look pretty," blah, blah, blah.
With his assurance that I would be gorgeous, I did it! I wore my first wash and go- all natural- and loved it...still loving it! And I was pleasantly surprised at the number of compliments I received. I received the, "it's cute" line I was longing for many times over again.
So, my advice to those hesitant to wear their natural hair is to just try it. See how you like it. Most likely, you will be pleasantly surprised. Of course, if you aren’t comfortable, you can always go back to those infamous "cover" styles but I doubt you will!
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