by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics

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.

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• 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.