Five Must-Haves When Going Natural
I decided to go natural for a number of reasons. The first reason is because I am more than half way through my twenties and I realize I have permed, fried, glued, and weaved up my hair, and never have I once considered embracing it as it is. Yes, there is nothing easy about having natural hair, however, for the first time I am learning new things about myself, and about the awesome people around me who are also embracing this natural hair journey. Yes, you heard me correctly. It’s a journey!
Through this experience I have really learned the significance of self-love. I have spent the last 28 years obsessing over my hair in every way imaginable. Those who are closest to me know that under any and every circumstance, rain, storm, work, or tornado, I will make my way to a hair salon. I have always believed that that if someone’s hair looks a mess, then they must be a mess, so you can understand my concern!
Hair was one of the ways I masked the things I did not want people to know or ever pick up about me. Learning to embrace all of me is my goal and I know I need to remember that my hair is beautiful. Every strand, curl, or nap, it’s all me, and it’s beautiful! For those willing to take the leap, take it from me, you CAN learn to do your hair as an adult. I learn something new everyday!
Here are my five must-haves for those considering going natural:
A great support system: My sistah friends are the best. I am blessed to be surrounded by cross-generational wisdom and love. They listen to me vent when I get discouraged, and remind me of my true beauty.
The natural hair blogs: They are helpful and overwhelming at the same time. Find a salon that you trust and keep it simple. No blog post can prepare you for the emotions you may feel. For me some days are good and other days I want to cry. I almost feel as though I am going through a break-up, yet an extraordinary break-up that leads to self-discovery.
Self-esteem: You hair is your hair!!! Love your hair the same way you love other people’s hair.
My Jewels: My Crowning Jewels help reinforce my self-esteem. On those days when my inner beauty has a hard time being reflected on the outside, my Glamour Band reminds me that I am a queen. I also have a Night Jewel. I am too fly, fabulous, and sassy to not be feeling like a queen 24-7!
Emotional Health: During this process I am becoming even more in tune with my emotional health, and I am even more comfortable receiving compliments on my new style!