Today's post may be a bit different than my typical natural hair posts, but it has been a question that has been swirling around in my mind for quite some time. Is going natural hard? Is it a hard process? Everyone's experience with going natural is going to be different; however, the question came from seeing women I know discussing it on Facebook. The common consensus was that it was a hard experience; however, the intensity of the process they described was far more than I'd ever felt.
When I decided to go natural in October 2009, it was a strange experience and quite frankly, one I never imagined being in. After being natural for over 20 years, I never imagined a keratin treatment would cause me to have to transition back to natural hair. When I realized the only way my hair would return to its natural state would be to grow the keratin treatment out, I felt strange and perhaps even sad. I just knew that I had to do this to get back to where I was.
After transitioning for five months, I decided to do the big chop in February 2010. I personally couldn't handle the two textures. I was so nervous. I had never had short hair, but again, I knew this was what I had to do. I ended up loving and rocking my short cut! I have been natural ever since. When I see women expressing how hard it is to go natural, I can understand. Cutting my hair gave me great anxiety! No one wants to transition or possibly cut their hair! The extent I see some women discuss it though concerns me.
Going natural to some women I've seen online seems to be a life or death situation. I've seen women express that the process is overrated or just too hard. Going natural does require a great deal of patience, but to me, it wasn't life or death. Perhaps my being natural before has caused this thinking for me. I would like to think that quite frankly if you make up your mind to do something, you do your research, you accept it and just go through with it.
Here are a few tips for going natural:
- Decide if this is truly what you want to do. Going natural is beautiful, but does require patience.
- Consult with a beautician prior to transitioning or doing the big chop. A beautician can survey the health of your hair as well as give guidance in the process.
- Be prepared for trial and error.
- Don't focus on others' hair or opinions. Go into it with an open mind and love who you are!
- BE PATIENT.
I would love to know what you think!
Is going natural hard? Was it a hard process for you?
God bless & stay fabellis,