So you’re ready to go natural. You’ve grown bored with your relaxer and impatient with the current state of your hair and you’ve decided to take the plunge. Armed with the information you’ve read from a few blogs (namely Curly Nikki and Curly Chics – *shameless plug*), you think you’re ready. Here are a few warnings of things you may experience once you do the deed.
• Natural hair comes with versatility
A girl’s curls are only as faithful as their options and you will have plenty of them. If you are the woman who likes to rock a fro on Monday and a sophisticated bun on Tuesday, then you’ve made the right decision. Your textured hair can be changed from one style to the next with ease. Get ready to enjoy a different hairstyle for every mood and occasion if you so desire.
• Hair may become extremely healthy
If you are seeking a healthy mane, be aware, your hair will be in its healthiest state sans relaxer. Disclaimer – you must put in the work to achieve and maintain the health, but your chances of healthy hair are greatly increased once you are relaxer free.
• Your style game may improve
Hair and fashion have a parallel relationship and as such, feed off of eachother. When your tresses are hot, you have no choice but to reevaluate the rest of your look and make sure you are equally hot from the neck down. You will undoubtedly become a fashion risk taker, whether it be with bigger than life ear candy or that bold statement necklace.
• You may spend more time in the mirror
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the flyest of them all? Coifing your mane will become second nature as you start to embrace the new you. Some may refer to it as vanity, but naturalistas know it is more about the confidence that comes with knowing yourself. Not only will spectators be in awe of your hair, but so will you.
• You may experience the domino effect
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when one change causes another change, which causes yet another change. Many naturals notice that after establishing a hair care regimen, a change in other arenas of their life will occur. For example, being more conscious of what you put in your hair, leads to educating yourself on ingredients you place on your skin. The knowledge you gain about skin care may lead to paying closer attention to dietary needs since diet affects the skin. Changes in your eating habits will ultimately spill over into physical exercise.
• You may end up making new curlfriends
When it comes to living a natural lifestyle, support systems are crucial. You will be surprised how much bonding you will do in the name of natural hair. Meet ups, twitter chats, and collaborations are just a few ways naturals assemble to have a dialogue about their natural hair experiences, as well as discussion surrounding social systems and how they relate to the natural hair community. Suddenly strangers will become sisters and there is a camaraderie formed.
Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.
Oh wow!! I'm feeling so good right now about my decision to finally go natural. I waited an entire year before I chopped my hair because I wanted to have as much new growth as possible. I wasnt feeling the TWA so I waited patiently. I finally did it and was completely lost on how to take care of my natural hair. A good church friend of mine (a true natural diva) took me under her wings and has become my "hair mentor". She has helped me through bad hair days, hair regimens, hair accessories, and everything else natural. I've even become a "fashion risk taker" w/ my clothes and accessories. I'm rocking the long earrings and even the bold bracelets. I'm loving my natural journey and its versatility. My signature style is the "frohawk"….so in love with it.
I loved this! All true points!
Thanks for this article. My natural hair is the bomb.com! I never saw any growth with my perms, and not to mention my ends, they were always split, so when I went in for a trim they would cut off way too much hair, and I would be left with an even shorter bob…
I thank God for healthier hair, and for allowing me to embrace a part of me that I had rejected. I'm able to do things with my hair I was never able to do when it was always straight…I'm able to swim of course not now because it is way to cold. I'm able to Twist it and where it like that for a few days, then release it and rock a fabulous twist out.
The best of all is washing my hair, and conditioning it once a week. It smells so good, and it is shiny and soft. I would never do that with a perm…I only washed it when it was time for a retouch…I know that sounds grotesque, but it's the truth.
Come on ladies, we all remember the fear of washing our hair and not being able to get that cute style back…LOL! Last but not least, I have support. My husband LOVES my natural Hair…I asked him just now why do he love my hair and he said, "you look so exotic, and sexy, you don't look like everyone else" says my poohbaby…LOL!
There you have it ladies, love your natural hair, and treat it good.
I love my natural hair!
I have to agree, my hair has been waaaaaay healthier since my transition and I have made many new friends (or should I say curlfriends? 🙂 ).
Everything I read in this blog post is totally true.
Taking care (esp. detangling) naturally curly hair can be a hassle, but…you've gotta love your hair! It's real, it's natural and it's you! 🙂
Hello I am so blessed to be able to read these blogs and articles they have really help me to understand how to take better care of my hair. Just this past October I did the BC. My daughter did it for me and she really did a nice job for a non-professional stylist. I had so much damage it was awful and it is only the 23rd of November and I all ready see a major difference! so I will be a natural curly 4ever! no fun being ball headed in certain areas. So thank you for this site I am truly GRATEFUL!!!! for the knowledge. This read is excellent <3 it Pam. ? is it possible to have 4a hair in front 4b for the crown and 4c in back? And if so is it okay to treat my hair as a 4b because its in-between the other two? Any suggestions I would appreciate it thank you
I love my natual hair. It is so true; I have the healthiest hair since my transition. You definitely meet new friends sometimes at work or even in a store. Gotta love the journey that is worth taking.
I am so happy I went Natural. Today is my 1 year NapABornDay. I BC’d on November 23, 2010 and it was the best decision I’ve made concerning my tresses. HapANapBornDay To Me!
Yes, this is sooooo true! From my overall life changes, to making new friends going natural has so many more benfits than I ever imaged! SO GLAD to be #teamnatural!
Love it! I was prepared for yet another 'curly hair is beautiful but hard work…' diatribes so this was a refreshing change, thanks!
I love this post! I can so related with each of the points. I've made so many curly friends in just the past year. Also, I do much more to my hair when it comes to styling: bohemian styles, pin ups, twists, curls etc. When I was relaxed I only wore my hair straight out. Nothing special, just straight. I wrapped it. That's it.
I dream of my hair looking like this. I'm 2 months post big chop, so I have a long way go! I love it. I'm bored with my twa. This is inspiration to be patient.