Maybe you were inspired by Solange’s fly fro. Perhaps you got chemical burn one too many times or maybe you yearn for the thick mane you had when you were a child. Whatever the case may be, you’re contemplating going natural. I’ve spoken to so many women that would like to go natural but feel that they are unable to do it for one reason or another. I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to worry about. Over the next two weeks I’m going to take you through the process of going natural; from contemplation to big chop (or gradual transition) to natural hair.
You may be asking yourself, “Where do I start?” Below I’m going to list five things you can do to help you take the first step on your natural hair journey, but only if you’re ready of course.
1. Do your research
I contemplated going natural for about a year before I actually transitioned, but I used this time to collect information. I scoured blogs, watched numerous YouTube videos and spoke to women with natural hair.
2. Ask your mother/caregiver about your natural hair & look at childhood photos
I’d been getting relaxers for so long that I really didn’t know what my texture was like. All I knew was that my hair was really thick. It had been so long that my mom had forgotten too, but she did tell me that I had a curly hair texture.
3. Play around with textured styles
Use this time to experiment. Get a curly weave installed, buy a curly wig, do a braidout on your relaxed hair to get a sense of what you’ll look like with textured hair.
4. Go to natural hair events
I’m going to let you in on a secret. Natural hair events aren’t only for women with natural hair, GASP!!!! If you’re contemplating going natural or transitioning you’re welcome at natural hair events too!!! Use this time to talk to real live naturalistas, research (see #1) and start to make curlfriends. It’s good to start to build your curly haired network early. Your curlfriends can offer you encouragement, support and give you insight into what it’s really like being natural. Depending on the event you attend there may even be a stylist present that you can speak to. Plus, in most cases you’ll walk away with a swag bag, which will allow you to start your stockpile of natural hair products.
5. Discuss your intentions to go natural with your significant other and/or family members
Now, I’m not suggesting that you seek approval from anyone, but if your partner met you with hair flowing down your back and you turn up one day with a fade it’d be a bit jarring. Your partner and family may react negatively to your decision, which you have to prepare yourself for, but they also may react positively. Your partner may be overjoyed that he or she will finally be able to run his/her fingers through your hair. You may also discover that some of your family members may have also wanted to transition too, but they were too scared.
Beauties, do you have any tips to offer women contemplating going natural?