Now, I know plenty of people that made a conscious choice to leave their hair natural and people that choose to wear their hair straight. The choice is always yours, with this month of aMAYzing Hair I am simply trying to inform you about natural hair care. Perhaps this inspires you to try going natural yourself, perhaps it doesn’t. Either way, today I will be sharing the 5 ways going natural has changed my life for good!
1. You get up to 3 hours per week back
I wasn’t kidding in the last aMAYzing Hair post when I said it took me over 2.5 hours to straighten my hair! Luckily, my scalp doesn’t get oily very quickly so I could postpone the next washing day for about a week and a half to two. Still, the last thing I was looking forward to was dedicating an entire Sunday afternoon to washing-drying-straightening my hair. Now, wash days are quick and hassle-free. I literally wash, air-dry, shake it out and I’m good to go.
2. Water is no longer your enemy
Don’t get me wrong, I love swimming. But if you just spent about 3 hours manipulating your hair structure, the last thing you want is see it all transform back. Water, my dear fried, is the enemy!! Drizzle, snow, fog, it all makes the frizz come back alive and we are not having any of it! When I still straightened my hair, I tied my hair up the majority of the time when I went outside just so it wouldn’t get frizzy/curly again. Nowadays, a little water can do no wrong. Water is my friend in the morning; I spritz it on curls that need an extra boost. Walking in the rain doesn’t really seem to make my hair look worse, as it is already curly and frizzy so no difference there!
3. You become part of a secret curly hair community
Okay not really. But you do discover Instagram and YouTube communities that are veeeery insightful. IRL, you will also receive the odd compliment and/or question by a fellow curly-haired person. There’s seems to be a connection between us, and rightfully so. We need to stick together to make each other love and care for our amazing hair!
4. You are one step closer to accepting yourself
I don’t know one person with curly hair that didn’t grow up feeling different, that wasn’t at least once bullied because of their hair and that had plenty support at home to look after their hair the right way. Younger generations are so blessed in that sense, with the accessibility of natural hair care provided by the internet and even local drugstores that have started selling more and more natural hair products.
I am not trying to say that everyone is manipulating the natural texture of their hair to fit a certain beauty standard, to blend in with the crowd or because they don’t know how to treat it. It just seems like the reason is more often than not one of the above. If that is the case with you, please, please, pleaaaase try to see how your hair makes you unique! Yes, it is a bit of a slow process to understand how to treat it but look at it as a journey. A journey you take to love and accept yourself more. You are an individual, just how your curls aren’t like anyone else’s. Embrace your uniqueness, perhaps one curl at a time?
5. When your hair is healthy again, it will be one of your greatest loves
There should be a balance between embracing individuality through your hair, and letting your hair define you. Yes, you should love your hair, you should take care of it so it recovers from inflicted damage. No, it is not the end of the world if your hair gets damaged again, if you decide to cut it or if your texture changes. Hair grows, it evolves, just like you personally. That is the beauty of it all.
Remember, at the end of the month I will do a Q&A to answer any unaddressed questions regarding natural hair care. If you have any, please let me know on any of my social platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of love,