5 Things You Will Need Before Going Natural

by West Parsons on September 13, 2011 · 1 comment

in hair care, transitioning

Dr. Pheonyx Austin wrote a really great article over at Madame Noire:

The beauty of natural hair is undeniable. And with so many women now making the decision to go natural, for beauty and even health reasons, it’s important for these women to also know that going natural is rarely something that should be done on a whim. Going natural requires a lot of things. And usually, the process requires months or even years of contemplation and education. Yes, it’s very tempting to run to a stylist shouting “I want that!” after you’ve seen a natural haired woman rocking a gorgeous afro or locs. But you should resist doing something impulsive before you’ve fully prepared yourself for the commitment. Take your time to think the whole process through. The road to natural hair is wonderful but it is also paved with occasional obstacles. Here are 5 things you’ll need “before” going natural:

Realistic expectations
Before going natural, many women will look at another natural haired woman and expect/hope their hair will also look the same once they’ve transitioned. So there can be great disappointment when a woman finds that her 3b hair doesn’t end up looking like 4a, or vice versa. When going natural you have to have realistic expectations. Remember- each head of hair is unique. And going natural is about looking like YOU, not like someone else.

Encouragement
When going natural, many women face negative remarks and looks (oftentimes from family members). This can be very discouraging and even depressing. That’s why it’s important, if possible, to surround yourself with a “natural support system.” One very easy way to do this is by making friends with other natural haired women by joining a natural hair group and participating in online forums. If you don’t live in an area with a natural hair group, then start one. There are natural haired women everywhere. And most of them are very eager to find other naturals to socialize and share advice with.

Check out the other three @ Madame Noire

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Beneath The Clutter September 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Along with patience is understanding and knowing that taking care of natural hair takes a lot of time. I just thought about this last weekend when doing my hair. It is so time consuming (at least that has been my experience). At times I get frustrated with the time and begin to quickly rake through my hair, which causes damage. To resolve that, I need to make sure I make time for my hair and realize that I need a few hours to dedicate to it!