What made them go natural and what are some of the advantages of being natural? Most of the same answers every time….they’re tired of the burning and the breakage. I can remember ever since I went natural I’ve found more than one reason to like my natural hair better than my relaxed hair. For one my natural hair made me feel free and liberated. I could wash and condition my hair and go even in the winter (if needed).
But still with my natural hair I didn’t have to worry about washing my hair and then blow drying it and then straightening it so that it would look presentable. Doing my relaxed hair was more time consuming then doing my hair natural. Don’t get me wrong both take some time but for me one more than the other.
These are some of the things I had to do in the past before I learn how to take care of my hair. I love the diversity of natural hair. Anything you can think of it can be done with natural hair. I’ve worn my natural hair in some many different ways straight, curly, in braids, in twists, twist extensions and so many more.There are endless styling options for natural African American hair.
Girl how about “I can’t get my hair wet? No more running from the rain or just putting my feet in the water, at the pool cause I didn’t want to get my hair wet. When I used to get relaxers, I was afraid of getting my hair wet. It was hard to go to the gym to work out or to sweat because I had to worry about my hair.
That’s no fun. Now, I love water and I can wet my hair as often as I need to. No more lifeless, thin, limp hair. Straightening the hair with chemicals means you are destroying each hair shaft and breaking bonds in the hair so that it no longer curls. A lot of people lose thickness and are left with thin hair. When your hair is naturally fine relaxing it can make it even worse. Who wants to see through the ends of their hair. The thin hair also limits the ability to do the different styles. My natural hair is full and strong.
Another benefit of going natural is the uniqueness of your hair. No two people have the exact same hair type. Your hair is going to be different from the person standing next to you. Embracing my uniqueness was the best part of my natural hair journey.
Healthier Options, I also believe that some people become more health conscious when they go natural. Some people begin to take better care of themselves when going through a hair journey.
Going natural is not always easy but those who stick with it and work hard, they are usually the ones who are able to take that hard work and success into other area of their life. After I went through my transition progress,I felt more confident about myself.
If you decide to go natural, think about the positive rather than the negatives. I truly believe there are more positive things that go along with going natural when compared to the negatives. The only negative part of my natural hair journey was having to deal with negative ignorant people telling me that my hair looked a mess. It is hard for people to get used to seeing something that is so uncommon, but not now a days you see so many
people going natural.
This is why I believe I got the negative comments but that will never make me want to go back to relaxers. All of the reasons above are why I love natural African American hair.
The best part about having natural hair is having the chance to embrace the real me, the way that I was created. Also it is great to have the chance to display something that is truly unique to my heritage. I believe my hair is beautiful and many people would love to have hair like mine, so why not embrace it?
If you take nothing else away from this article, please walk away understanding you are beautiful the way you were made and don’t be afraid to show it.
Writer: Joana Gutierrez
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