One of the biggest regrets you’ll hear from a newbie natural is that ‘they wish they’d done it sooner.’ Once I’d experienced how easy, and rewarding it was to be natural, I felt the SAME way.
That said, today’s Fab Five, is about the common misconceptions about going natural and maintaining natural hair:
5. “I’m not biracial, and my hair won’t have curls.” My hair is too nappy. My hair isn’t ‘like yours.’
Unless you’re a 4c diva, you WILL have curls under that relaxer. Even beautiful, thick, voluminous 4c hair can be styled to have increased definition and a curlier pattern. Honestly, a lot of women have been relaxed so long, they’ve forgotten their own curl pattern- I know I did! Even if you desire to be a ‘straight styled’ natural- the benefits of forgoing chemical treatments are plentiful- and your hair will thank you!
4. “I don’t have time.” I can’t spend all that time detangling/styling/washing etc.
Now, let’s keep it real ladies- how many of us have spent 8+ hours in a stylists chair getting braids or weaves? I have never spent that long on a styling session (I actually look FORWARD to the day that I have the length so I need to spend that time- lol!). While natural hair care does require some time investment and patience- if you’re a frequent protective styler, most days are ‘spritz and go.’ Plus, having natural hair permits you free time in other ways- I’ve never sat out on a pool day, waited for the rain to stop before going out, or frantically scheduled an appointment in between weaves- I just go! And to be 100% real- if you’re properly handling your relaxed hair (moisturizing, sealing, Cowashing)- then you’re ALREADY halfway there!
3. “I don’t want to look like a boy.” I won’t look good with short hair. Men don’t like it.
Short haircuts exude confidence, strength, and sass. They make you stand out from the weavey masses, and scream “I like me!” But, if you’re not ready for that- THEN DON’T BIG CHOP!!! So many ladies think you have to shave your head to go natural. You don’t. There’s a whole community of ladies called- Transitioners. They gradually trim the ends of their hair, while letting their new growth come in. There are websites and blogs dedicated to this process. Some ladies ‘Big Chop’- when they’ve been natural for years- just the last bit of relaxed ends! I highly recommend transitioning (even though I BCed)- to allow you to prepare and take time to learn your hair, without the shock of a whole new look.
2. “I don’t even know anything about hair!” I don’t know what products to use. What’s a regimen?!
Claps for social media! So many ladies are going natural now, because we can TALK to eachother! There are Natural Hair Groups on Facebook, Natural Hair Meetups and Fashion Shows, YouTube Channels and BLOGS BLOGS BLOGS!!!! The information is out there, if you want it. I’ve got my own products/regimen listed at the ‘My Current Regimen’ link above. Most v/bloggers share their regimens, answer questions, and are more than happy to help (or listen!) with a tough hair problem. The best part about this journey, is that you don’t have to do it alone- the resources are out there.
And the NUMBER ONE myth about going natural…
1. Black Hair doesn’t grow.
Lies, lies, LIES! It’s just not true. I won’t bother to cite the countless scientific studies that prove that all hair (any race) grows at a rate of about 1/2-1 inch a month- but I can use myself as an example:
SEE! And both of my parents are from West Africa- so you can’t get much ‘blacker’ than that. Lmao. It comes out if our scalps at the same rate- its about preserving your hair at the tips (eliminating breakage) through proper moisture, gentle care, and protective styling.
And there you have it. For those of you that came to this article because you’re considering going natural- I hope this helped! For those of you already natural ladies that are trying to sway the fam/friends- here’s your ammo- go get ’em!
Have a happy (nappy) Monday, Naturalistas!
Have you heard- or previously though- any of these before? What other ‘Natural Hair Myths’ have you heard, Curlies?