Thinking about going natural? That’s awesome! You’re at the first step of a journey that’s sure to be fulfilling in countless ways. I went natural 7 years ago (time really does fly); I have not turned back and for good reason. In this post, I’ll share with you 12 reasons to go natural now.
1. Capitalize on Your Individuality
Just like there is no one on Earth exactly like you, no head of hair is exactly like another. Whether your curls can be classified as type 2, 3, or 4, those curls are unique to you.
What I have noticed throughout my natural hair journey is that you can follow someone’s hair styling instructions to the T and still end up with your own version of that look. This holds true even if you appear to have the same hair type as them. This is a testament to how everyone’s hair is unique, and it’s great!
Exercise your uniqueness by embracing your natural hair.
2. Enhanced Styling Versatility
Naturally textured hair is extremely versatile. You can wear your hair loose and free, you can braid it, you can roller set it, straighten it, blow it out, and more. The possibilities are endless!
I don’t know about you, but when my hair was relaxed, I was restricted in styling. I wore my hair straight with a slight curl on the ends all the time. Now that I wear my natural hair, I might wear a wash n go one week, a twist out the next week, and any other style(s) for the rest of the month. With natural hair, you can switch up your hairstyles as often as you’d like.
With all of these options, it’s difficult to get bored with your hair.
3. Texture-altering Chemicals…Gone!
The creamy crack (AKA relaxer/perm) is loaded with chemicals that have the potential to wreak havoc on your hair and scalp. Over time, many experience hair weakness, breakage, and thinning.
Not only can your hair suffer, but several internal systems of your body are also at risk when you relax your hair. The endocrine system is just one of the many body systems that is negatively affected by relaxer use.
Go natural and you can say goodbye to these toxic chemicals!
4. You Could Save Money!
One complaint that I hear all the time about natural hair is that it is expensive to maintain. This does not have to be! There are cheap products that you can use to take care of your natural hair, and these products often perform just as well or better than their expensive counterparts.
I wrote an article featuring some cheap and effective products for natural hair. You can check out the list here.
Here are a few ways people save money after going natural:
- If you are someone who currently goes to the salon for expensive relaxer touch-ups, this would no longer be necessary if you go natural. This could translate to a savings of hundreds of dollars per year.
- You can make your own natural hair products, from flaxseed gel to avocado hair masks. The cost of the ingredients needed to make homemade products is generally low.
- Once you know where to get products that don’t cost an arm and a leg, you will find that natural hair products cost much less than the cost of maintaining a relaxer.
- If you focus on getting one product to satisfy one or more hair care functions, you won’t end up buying a ridiculous amount of products and tools. You certainly don’t need an entire closet of hair products to be successful in your natural hair journey.
5. Get Healthier, Longer Hair
Stopping the use of relaxers makes it possible to have healthier hair, which paves the way for longer hair.
Relaxers break down bonds in your hair, weakening each strand. This leads to damage and eventually breakage. If you go natural, you won’t have to deal with damage from the relaxers, and you will enjoy stronger, healthier hair.
If it seems like your hair is no longer growing, it could be that your existing hair is breaking off quicker than your new hair is growing in. Going natural gives you the opportunity to baby your hair and give it what it needs to be healthier and grow longer.
When I first went natural, I wasn’t aware that this journey would get deep. However, soon after big chopping for the first time, I realized that this journey was going to be about much more than hair.
Over the past several years, I have discovered several negative traits about myself that I probably wouldn’t have gotten a clear look at if I had not gone natural.
As I was figuring out how to care for my God-given hair, I purposely examined my inner-self and was able to make some positive internal changes.
Many other naturals have told their stories of self-discovery on YouTube and other social media. You could experience the same enlightenment!
7. Have Fun Figuring Out What Your Hair Likes
I am a hopeless product junkie. When a new natural hair product comes out, I try to exercise restraint and not purchase it. Sometimes I’m successful, and other times I fail miserably.
Making the transition to natural hair from relaxed gives you the perfect opportunity to jump right onto the product junkie bandwagon with me! Okay, maybe you shouldn’t be a product junkie, but as a natural, you’ll want to find out which products work best for you and give you the looks you want.
This experimentation process is exciting, being that different products have different effects on your hair. How it turns out will be a surprise to you, especially at the start of your natural hair journey.
8. Save Time!
At the beginning of any natural hair journey, there is a learning curve that could make hair care time-consuming.
But over time, you’ll learn about what your particular hair really needs. Once this happens, taking care of your natural hair will no longer be time-consuming.
Your wash day (washing, conditioning, deep conditioning, and styling) will go from taking all day to taking only an hour or so.
If you are dedicating hours every month or so to relaxer touch-ups, neutralizing shampooing, blow drying, and flat-ironing, you may notice a decrease in time spent on your hair if you went natural.
You will be able to use that time that you saved to complete other productive tasks.
9. Higher Self-esteem
Initially, my self-esteem decreased drastically after I went natural. I had become accustomed to using long straight hair to cover my insecurities.
Once I went natural, I no longer had my familiar covering (my hair) to hide behind.
This drop in self-esteem was short-lived, though.
Every day I looked in the mirror, I began to like what I saw more and more. It was a more natural me. I started to OWN MY LOOK.
Going natural and staying on that journey enabled me to raise my self-esteem exponentially (higher than it ever was). I am now comfortable with how I look naturally at any time.
10. Rebel Against The Norm
You don’t have to conform to conventional beauty standards or what’s popular in the media.
Many of us have been conditioned to chase the most popular trends (which do not usually feature naturally textured hair) but this is not necessary. We can create our own beauty standards instead.
Going natural is an ideal way to showcase your own brand of individuality and your rebellion against society’s standards of beauty.
11. Embrace Your Hair The Way It Was Intended to Be
There is freedom in rocking your natural hair, and I have experienced this freedom ever since I cut off my relaxed hair.
As you go about your life with natural hair, you’ll enjoy inner-fulfillment due to the fact that the hair on your head is all yours!
12. Access to a Wealth of Helpful Information
The Natural Hair Community is vast, full of knowledge from naturals of all walks of life. If you do choose to go natural, you will need guidance from time to time when bumps in the road come. Luckily, the natural hair community is tight-knit and most are willing to help.
One of the best places to find valuable natural hair information is through natural hair blogs. See Feedspot’s Top 50 Natural Hair Blogs here.
You can also find natural hairstyle inspiration on YouTube, Instagram, and other social media sites.
Having all of this support is a win in itself. So if you decide to go natural, you can count on the fact that you will not have to do it alone.
Take The Leap!
For all of these reasons, I recommend that everyone gives their natural hair a chance. It could really change your life for the better!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, leave them in the comment section below or use the “Contact Us” page to reach me directly.
I wish you the best in your hair journey, whether you decide to go natural or not.
Thank you for reading!