Yes, I'm a natural. No, I don't regret it. And no, you can't touch it. Here are 6 things I wish I'd known before I changed my life... er, I mean, hair.
Some natural hair products are expensive AF!
Before I went natural, I don't think I ever paid more than about $5-$10 for a bottle of shampoo and conditioner. In the natural hair care world, there are some brands run for as much as $25 just for a styling cream. And on top of that, you'd better just hope and pray that it works for your hair. Crazy, right?
Going natural requires way more maintenance than I care to talk about.
Wash and gos. Twist outs. Wash days and routines. Deep conditioning. Detangling. Protective styles. Silk scarves and pillowcases. Protein treatments. Length checks. Diffusing vs. air drying. Need I go on?
Some product won't mix well and will make your hair feel REALLY nasty.
In the beginning, I used to always end up with very excessive product buildup. After watching MoKnowsHair on Youtube, I learned that some products just don't work well together and that there's a way to test your products to see how they react to each other.
Your family will have no problem with telling you how "crazy" you look with your "hair all over your head".
I loved my hair after my big chop. It looked a little awkward only because I hadn't styled it or applied product to it. My mom was the first to tell me that I looked better with straight hair. Then, I had a cousin tell me that it just didn't look right on me. I also had an aunt that would always ask me why I don't ever comb my hair.
People of other races (not just white people) are super amazed by natural hair... and WILL reach out and touch it without asking.
I've always had interesting hair to some people, but when I went natural it just intensified! When I wear my hair out or up in a puff, there's always that one person who just HAS to violate my personal space.
Some employers and schools are not accepting of natural hair.
I work in food service so it's a given that I have to wear my hair up. I've never had a boss tell me anything about my hair personally, but I have seen some instances where natural hair was not acceptable in some schools and jobs.
There are times when I get really frustrated with my hair. However, the decision to go natural will never be a regret. My hair right now is the longest and healthiest it's ever been and I really don't do anything particularly special to it. I guess the extra attention it gets now has made a difference. If you are looking for more information on natural hair, I suggest searching on Youtube for the best information.
If you're looking for more information on natural hair, I suggest searching on Youtube for the best information. While you're there, check out my channel and the few hair video that I've done. Also, check out my post on my favorite natural hair youtubers.