They say we don’t really go natural. We actually go back to natural hair. Having natural or relaxed/chemically altered hair is a personal choice. With growth of the natural hair movement and Black Girl Magic in recent years, more people are inspired to ditch relaxer for natural hair. However, you need to go into it fully aware of what it entails. These are 4 things I wish someone should have told me before I went back to natural hair.
1. Healthy Hair Over Length
When starting your journey, you’ll come across photos of women with insanely long natural hair after only 1 year. Long hair is nice but healthy hair is better. No need of having hair that goes down to the middle of your back if it’s thin and full of split ends. Focus on healthy hair practices and length will follow.
2. Manage Expectations
You may have seen some natural hair vloggers/bloggers flaunting their voluminous 3b hair (looser curl pattern) while you have 4c hair (tighter curl pattern) or less volume. Don’t fret. We are all different. What works for them may not work for you. Find people with similar hair as yours to enable you to get the right products and regimen for your hair.
3. Time and Effort
Don’t mean to scare you. Just saying that maintaining natural hair requires the patience of a saint and a high level of commitment. Sometimes you have to set aside a whole day to complete your routine from start to finish. Between pre-shampoo, washing, deep-conditioning, mental break down, lunch and styling? Sounds like a whole lot…Because it is.
4. People Will Have Their Opinions
You may make your way through the world differently when you have natural hair. You may start to notice a difference in the way some people treat you compared to when you had relaxed hair. From family to friends, strangers and hairdressers. Some hairdressers dislike natural hair or charge more because they say it takes more effort. In some cases, hair becomes controversial eg work places calling natural hair ‘’unprofessional’’ or schools banning natural hair. The best thing is to ignore them, do you and go to where you are wanted!