Going natural means different things to everyone. Many black women are going natural with their hair. We have stopped chemically straightening our hair with hair relaxers, which allows us to wear our hair in its natural state. Chemically unaltered hair comes in a variety of textures and types from wavy to tightly coiled.
In 2006, I decided to go natural. That meant I would stop chemically straightening my hair with relaxers every 8-12 weeks. I would sit in my stylist’s chair, where she would section my hair and apply the relaxer to my entire head. The end result would be long, flowing, straight hair. It was beautiful, but my scalp would suffer from chemical burns from the relaxers.
Even though I experienced some discomfort from the process, I just figured this was the price of beauty. It had become my quarterly beauty ritual for almost two decades. When I wasn’t spending an obscene amount of money in the salon, I was spending hours straightening my hair once a week with a blow dryer and flat iron.
The alternative wasn’t really an option that I had ever considered. But out of the blue, I thought to myself, “I’m going to go natural.” Here are 7 reasons why I made that decision:
7 Reasons I Decided To Embrace My Natural Hair Texture 1 of 8
In 2006, I made the decision to "go natural". Here are 7 reasons why with pictures from my natural hair journey.
Big Sexy Hair 2 of 8
I have always loved Diana Ross's hair. There's something about big sexy hair that is so gorgeous, in my opinion. I could achieve that look by teasing my hair but that can be damaging. Or I could just let it do what it does naturally.
Save Money 3 of 8
I spend less money on salon visits. Instead of frequent hair appointments, I style my hair at home. And when I do go to my stylist hair services are less expensive because I'm not paying for chemical service. That extra money can go toward animal crackers for my lil Pooh Bear.
Curiousity 4 of 8
I was young when I got my first relaxer. When I decided to transition to natural hair, I was beyond curious and I must admit nervous to see what my hair would look like.
Versatility 5 of 8
I wanted options. It's great to be able to go from curly to straight. And with a simple wash back to curly again.
Self-Confidence 6 of 8
If you live in the south, you know, you can leave the house with your hair looking one way… And a few minutes later have a whole new hairdo due to our wonderful friend, humidity. The not knowing what my hair was going to do always made me self-conscious.
And on the flip side, embracing my natural hair boosted my confidence. Accepting one's self is very empowering. I don't feel the need to change my physical appearance. I accept my hair for what it is.
*In this picture my hair is styled in Marley Twist
Save Time 7 of 8
I have a lot of hair. I mean a lot. Did I say a lot? Its a lot. Before embracing my natural texture the drying time alone took hours. Now I can wash & go or style & go with natural hair.
Healthier Hair and Scalp 8 of 8
I have dry scalp. Chemically relaxers only exacerbated the dryness. Since going natural have fewer issues with itchy, dry scalp.
*Pictured is my oldest canine lady, Sadie
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