The year is coming to an end, but 2017 was definitely the year for going natural. It seems as though women everywhere are giving up chemical relaxers (aka creamy crack) and rocking their natural curls instead. Yes, I said creamy crack.
Natural hair is in right now and it is definitely here to stay. But if you haven’t taken the all natural plunge yet then 2018 may be the perfect time to start!
Here are a few reasons you should leave the relaxers in 2017 and embrace your natural curls in the new year:
It’s healthier for you and your hair
This is the bottom line really, there isn’t much more to say! Chemical relaxers are extremely damaging to your hair, plus the chemicals seep right into your scalp and have recently been proven to affect your overall health. Stay away in 2018!
It’s not as hard to manage as you think
Every time I have convinced myself to start a natural hair care routine, I have failed. Especially after I became a mom, I mean, who the hell has time for that??? Doing my 4c hair type always becomes too overwhelming, too stressful, I get frustrated with styling it and end up hiding it under a weave. Does this sound like you?
The more I put into practice the knowledge, tips, and tricks I learned to maintain my coils, the easier the process became. Just like everything else, it takes time and practice! Now if you are new to being natural, then you there are a few things you will have to learn. Don’t be intimidated! You will hit a few snags, but once you find your routine and conquering your favorite protective styling techniques, you are good to go!
It’s totally versatile
Believe it or not, natural hair can go into way more styles than relaxed hair. I absolutely LOVE having my natural hair because I can change my look every day if you want to. It keeps things fun and makes me feel like a brand new bish every time. Yaaaasss
You can have twists one day and an afro the next. Feel like straightening your hair for that weekend party? Go for it! With proper care, your natural hair can really give you any style you are feeling for any day you want. Pretty damn awesome mama.
It saves you some money $$$
Going to the salon regularly to maintain you chemically processed hair can get quite expensive. I spent so much money (and time) relaxing my hair in my early twenties. If I only knew what I know now!
When you go natural, you really don’t need much money to maintain. Unless you are a hair product junkie, going natural is not that costly. All you need is the basics: a good shampoo or co-wash, detangling conditioner, leave-in conditioner and your standard styling tools(brush, wide-tooth comb, bobby pins, etc). Now depending on your styling preference, you may need other products, but that’s pretty much it. And if you plan on getting your protective styles done professionally, that will bring the cost of going natural up too. But hey, it’s still better than spending money on poisoning yourself right?
It’s freaking cool, ok?
Natural hair makes a statement and can make you feel pretty damn powerful. By rockin’ your natural locks you are telling the world that there is more than one way to be beautiful. And that is a great message to send to young girls who are constantly told that the hair they are born with is ugly. Today, natural hair is seen as unique and special from everyone who passes by. Prepare yourself for the compliments! And please if you see us out there, don’t touch the hair 🙂
No matter how you got here, there is no right or wrong reason to go natural! f you make the decision to go natural, make sure that it is your own decision and not anyone pressuring you. If natural hair just isn’t your thing, that’s ok! Remember that this is your hair and your journey, so own it.