Hey curls and frolistas!
Thinking of becoming natural or just started your natural hair journey? Congrats! I can say from experience that it’s a journey that you won’t regret. I’m sure you hear so many opinions when you hear someone is natural. I’m here to share that they’re not all true. Of course, everyone’s entitled their perception and personal experiences but most of my commitment as a natural hair blogger is to share with you all my truth and my personal journey. So…let’s talk and delve into those myths of going natural!
MYTH #1: “Being natural is hard….”
MYTH #2: “Being natural is easy…”
While it isn’t hard, it’s definitely not easy! I know, I know…it sounds complicated. It really isn’t! The natural hair lifestyle is as simple as you make it. Yes, it will take a few trial and error runs to figure out your regimen and what products/styles work for you but isn’t that everything in life? No one is really born an expert because almost anything requires some level of education, patience as practice. It takes time, effort and consistency but you’ll get there. In the meantime, you can be reassured by the fact that you’re not the only one! Let’s help, uplift and encourage one another in the natural hair community! =)
MYTH #3: “Natural? I AM NOT chopping all of my hair off!”
This seems to be a popular myth that circulates throughout the natural hair community. You DO NOT NEED to big chop to start your natural hair journey. If you should chose to, that’s your decision and it’s a commendable decision as it is not a choice taken by every naturalista. You do have the choice to transition and all that means is you gradually cut off your damaged/straight ends while allowing your hair to grow out (no perm). At your own pace. Whichever path you take just be encouraged and know that it is YOUR CHOICE. Sure there are people that have the unjust notion that you’re less or more of a natural if you big chop versus transition. It’s all about you! Make your choice, embrace your process and don’t allow anyone to discredit your journey! Embarking this journey speaks volumes on our ability to be brave and we all are courageous in doing so!
MYTH #4: “Natural hair is just a trend!”
This statement is purely subjective in my opinion. It’s not a trend, it’s a way of us empowering ourselves to be who we were created to be. It’s not just a movement for today, it’s a switch in our mindset and lifestyle for years to come. In taking the time to care for our hair, we begin to learn how to care for ourselves on a grander scheme. We learn to take care of our purpose, we learn to care for our spirit, we learn to care for our hearts, we learn to care for our bodies and our minds. Most of all we learn to share and care for others, allowing us to be more in tune with others on their journeys as well.
All in all, your natural hair journey will teach you so much beyond the shafts of your hair as you will also learn an ample amount about yourself. At first it may seem fearful, you may even tap into some areas of insecurity and uncertainty. Fear not–it’s all unfamiliar territory but as you let go and learn to love your hair, you will also learn to love yourself. There’s a sense of empowerment, strength and courage that you adopt in loving the person that God created you to be. It’s a slow and steady journey for some but always worth it! I’ve living it!
FOR CURLS SAKE♥