Are You Ready to Go Natural?

14 Dec

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Recently, I’ve noticed an explosion in black women wanting to ‘go natural’. And by going natural, they mean no relaxer!

It seems like a simple enough question, but  are you ready to go natural?  While some women chop off inches of relaxed hair and never look back, others debate for a long time before doing it. Its is for this reason that I say going natural is not a trend; it is a state of mind. It is a declaration; It is for people who are bold enough to go against the grain of society and challenge the European/ American standard of beauty. When you really go natural, you find that it is much deeper than hair. It is about you and the whole being that you are.

While I want natural hair to be the ONLY choice for me, I still miss having my “Indian hair”  on my head . I did the big chop’ (cutting off all traces of relaxer) for 1 year ago, but still, sometimes i just want extensions in my hair, maybe its because, that’s the only way I think I look good. 

So, before you go cut off all your hair, Ask yourself these five questions to see if you’re really ready to go natural, or if you need some more time.

 Big Chop or Not To Big Chop?

Big chop, is one of the easiest ways to start the transition from relaxed  hair to natural hair.  If you are new to the natural world , The Big Chop  means; the process by which you chop off all of your relaxed hair and gain Amber Rose’s classic look.

Here are some of the reasons, whey some women, are not brave enough to do the BIg Chop;

a)  People at your work place will not understand, this depend, on what kind of job you have.

b) Your thinking about the Big Chop, but you are not sure if this style will be flattering to your face shape ( not every one looks like Amber Rose bald)

c) you’ve always been a “long hair don’t care” kinda girl then the Big Chop is not for you.

d) The other option would be to slowly transition by trimming your relaxed hair as it grows out.

e) Another option would be to wear sew-ins. Sew-ins are a great way to transition because the hair is braided. And your hair will be  protected,  while it grows, and it will  grow faster, which means more new growth and a shorter transitioning process.There are rules to wearing sew-ins, #1- Straight weaves are a “NO NO”, because  the portion of your hair that is left out to cover the tracks has to be constantly straightened to blend  with the weave. Because of this, that portion of hair will be permanently heat straightened leaving a patch of hair that is different from the rest. Rule #2, the sew-in should not be left in for more than 3 months at a time. Any longer than 3 months, you run the risk of matted and mildew hair. In between sew-ins, it is important that you trim your ends and deep condition every time. 

Real natural hair is not a trend; it is a lifestyle. With natural hair, you can change your style, but you can NOT change the texture.

2. Can I Accept My Texture?

This can be one of the  hardest thing to do– acceptance. Some people fantasize about a certain hair texture in their heads, and when their natural hair asserts itself and it’s nothing like the fantasy hair ( Salonge knowles Hair), this can be crushing if you’re not prepared. You may remember your eight year-old self’s hair and think that once the relaxer is gone, you’ll return to that thick, luscious hair, but this may not happen. If you’re truly not ready to accept whatever texture you come by naturally, you may not be ready to go natural just yet.

3. Am I Ready to Spend More Time on My Hair?

The shorter the hair is, the easier it is to maintain, as they require very little styling. As your hair grows, it will require much more maintenance and attention. Detangling long natural hair can be a tedious process and styling it can be a pain. Throughout your journey, you will experiment with different products, styles and techniques to make the process easier but it requires patience. You have to take the time to understand your hair and its needs. Researching products, styles and investing in the right tools will go along way. 

4. Am I Ready to Experiment with Products?

While some of the products you used on your relaxed hair will work perfectly well on natural hair, you may find yourself starting from scratch for some hair care products. After all, if you wear your locks curly all the time, you don’t need that setting lotion anymore. Some women aren’t ready to research, shop around and experiment with new products. Poor product choice is one reason some ladies give up on natural hair altogether — they blame the product, when in fact there’s nothing wrong with it; it’s simply not the best selection for the style they want to achieve.

5. Can You Deal With Negativity?

Despite the fact that more women than ever are embracing their natural texture, some people hold onto outdated stereotypes and myths about black hair. New “naturals” often receive negative comments from their friends, family and coworkers . Since natural hair is not your usual look, people will comment on your hair and some of those comments will be negative like: your hair looks dry, natural hair is not for everyone, or when are you going to get a perm? My advice is to ignore all the background noise and just do you!

 

 

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8 Responses to “Are You Ready to Go Natural?”

  1. Jamida December 14, 2012 at 18:41 #

    I have no problem cutting my hair and going natural, but it’s really hard to mantain during winter.
    Is using a hotcomb allowed when going natural?

  2. aafroscandic December 14, 2012 at 18:52 #

    “Natural hair” for me, is keeping your natural texture of your hair, if you color it or hotcomb it, you still have your natural texture.

  3. Lisa December 18, 2012 at 17:24 #

    great post! thanks for sharing!

  4. Pina December 25, 2012 at 10:10 #

    You already know!! Natural 2013!

  5. eva December 25, 2012 at 11:39 #

    I’m definitely going natural.

  6. Berry December 26, 2012 at 00:07 #

    Yes im ready!!!!

  7. Preston December 26, 2012 at 07:07 #

    bookmarked!I like your BLOG!

  8. Ida December 29, 2012 at 11:36 #

    just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that i have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. any way i’ll be subscribing to your feed and i hope you post again soon

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