Ok. Let’s settle this once and for all, going natural is NOT difficult. Yes I said it, lol! All you need is determination, time, and a side of patience.
I’ve heard some say natural isn’t for everyone, lol. WRONG! Everyone has beautiful natural hair, kinky, coils, curls, soft, dense, etc. That’s the versatility of natural hair, it comes in different types. I always recommend that you do a lot of research before making the decision to go natural; nothing will come as a surprise once you know what you are signing up for. There are a lot of helpful websites out there:
Once you make that decision to commit, decide if you want to do a big chop (which can be super drastic) or transition for some time until you are comfortable. Set a time goal. If you do choose to transition, be prepared. It can get frustrating and confusing, but don’t give in to the urge to perm or go scissor happy (you might regret it RIGHT after). This is when you employ patience and determination. My go-to transition styles are two strand twists, bantu knots on dry or damp hair, and curls with flexi rods. There are tons of youtube videos on how to do each of these styles. Subscribe to a couple of channels: MariaAntoinetteTV, Yolanda Renee and MahoganyCurls are a few of my favorites.
Another myth is that when one goes natural, your hair will never be straight again. That is absolutely false! You can straighten it whenever you want (just be cautious about heat damage, use heat protectant and keep the hair conditioned/moisturized at all times).
The greatness of Natural Hair is that you can manage it in the comfort of your home and not have to visit the salon so often. From straightening the tresses to loose or tight curls, all can be achieved once you find the products that work for you. Not only will you save time but its cost effective.
Length retention is the way to go with Natural Hair, the average hair grows half an inch each month and six inches in a year, some grow at a faster or slower rate. The most important thing is keeping that new growth which can be achieved by keeping the hair moisturized (moisture is important), trimming off split ends when necessary, oiling the scalp at least three times a week.
Please keep in mind that there are different textures of natural hair, some are curly, others are coily, kinky, etc. Do not compare your hair to others and force it to react the same way. It will rebel. Love your tresses!
Soooo, what’s it going to be?! I want to hear from you.
Photo Cred: Beautiful Curls