The simplest definition of ‘going natural’ is simply not relaxing your hair, the term relaxing includes texturising, tex-laxing and any other process (chemical or otherwise that permanently alters the texture of your hair.
A lot of people seem to be jumping on this ‘natural wave’ but to some people it means so much more than just a fashion statement…i’m really not going to go into all the reasons why people decide to embrace their natural god given hair but its mostly to do with not conforming to what society says is beautiful and taking that matter into your own hands.
Going natural requires a lot of effort, and the journey is long and winding, but the end result is definitely better than anything you can find in a box. The natural hair journey as we naturals like to call it, is one that requires patience. Patience is key! It is also necessary to focus on the your reasons for starting the journey and also focus on the good rather than the bad. There are seemingly so many reasons why you shouldn’t go natural:
- I don’t want to look nappy headed!
- I don’t have that good hair (:@)
- It’ll cost too much in products
- I don’t have time
- I don’t want to have to dress/act a certain way
- I prefer straight hair
- I want to be able to wear weaves
- I won’t be able to colour my hair
- I don’t want to look like a boy
To be honest, most of the reasons here are so misguided, its irritating. If you don’t try it, you may never know whether it could suit you and your lifestyle better.
You don’t need to do it all on your own, find a supportive friend to check on your progress, or even go natural with you (like me!!!). Even if you can’t find a friend, go on YouTube, there are hundreds maybe even thousands of women (and men) that have gone natural and decided to share their journey with the world. There are also lots of blogs (including this one) that do the same. On these blogs and vlogs many tutorials and to help with any problem you may have, so there’s no reason to be stuck.
So, if I have piqued your interest in the natural hair world, stay tuned for my later posts where I introduce you fully to the world I now call home.