Monday, January 11, 2010

Are you on the fence?

My advice/encouragement to current and future transitioners:

Everyone SHOULD learn to appreciate natural hair (whether they choose to wear it on their own head or not). Unfortunately, not everyone does. A person’s hair decisions are very personal and no one should try to force their own views on another. You may or may not receive support from your family and friends but realize that ultimately, you are the one who is caring for it. Be prepared to build up a resiliency to negative views.

Research, research, research! Get as much information as you can to be properly equipped for a healthy hair journey. There is a lot of cyber and print material you can reference to educate yourself on the proper ways in which natural hair can be maintained. If you know of someone who has knowledge in caring for their own (or others) natural hair, talk to them. Just know that, as with everything else, you will need to find out what works for YOUR hair. It doesn’t hurt to try someone else’s “hair miracle” product or technique but if it doesn’t work for you, move on to something else.

Try not to become a PJ (product junkie). This one is easier said than done :-). There is no shortage of product recommendations when it comes to the natural hair community. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hype. Some prefer “all natural” ingredients, others are “anti-cones”, some may love butters but hate oils and so on. Start to pay attention to the ingredients (not advertising claims) in your products and record how your hair reacts. You’ll begin to learn what your hair likes and what to stay away from.

Lastly, know that hair decisions are not permanent. At any time, should you decide that you want to change the state of your hair, it’s your choice to do that. There are many people who go back and forth with natural and relaxed hair. Even people who wear locs can successfully take them down without resorting the cutting them off.

If you have decided to transition from a hair texture that is chemically altered to 100% natural hair, you will run into some challenges. But at the end of the day, BE YOU, know why you have made the choice that you have and let that satisfy you. Good luck on your own hair journey!

Thanks for reading. Be blessed!



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