The Naturalistas Have SpokenI've had natural hair for two years, and I have to say, it was the best decision I could have ever made. I love that my hair has a mind of its own; it never ceases to amaze me. I have more fun with my hair now than I ever have, but I've had my share of trials and tribulations with this curly mane of mine. After some research and polls, I conducted on my Instagram @stylesuitbeyty. I got the lowdown on the top five things that naturalistas struggle regularly.
You Compare your Progress to OthersThe first and biggest struggle I found among the natural hair community is that you may be comparing your progress to someone else’s. I know! Typically people think that women with natural hair are somehow more fearless and less affected by social norms, but honestly, we're not. The same way everyone else sees something picturesque and perfect in the "it" girls on the gram, some of us are the same way about curls. You can’t go a day without seeing someone's natural hair progression photos, and sometimes that can be a little intimidating. There’s always a post like "I did the big chop two years ago and my hair has grown from shoulder length to butt length. I love being natural!” Like what? Unrealistic post like that whether true or not can mess with your Self-esteem. You’ll spend obscene amounts of time thinking, why isn't my hair this long, I've been natural for four years? What am I doing wrong? Then spend this week’s grocery budget on a dozen products and treatments chasing “the look.” Stop worrying about everyone else’s progress! I know when I went natural, my end goal was healthy hair. When your hair is healthy, the length comes in time. Enjoy learning about your hair and experimenting with your new versatility. Once you’ve learned to enjoy what you have, everything else becomes small milestones along the way.
You Haven’t Figured Out YOUR Natural Hair StyleThe second reason you may be struggling with being natural is that you haven't figured out your staple style. Know that your natural your hair is capable of so much! The versatility of your hair is going to allow you to switch up your look whenever you want, but first, you have to find what works best for you. In the beginning, figuring out the style that fits you best may be a little intimidating, but it's essential to work through it and perfect a technique. You’ll go crazy trying to decide if you want to try a braid out, twist out, or Bantu knots because those looked cute on someone else. Hopping from style to style like that before mastering one is only going to lead to you going and buying creamy crack or having a Brittney Spears meltdown and shaving your head. Getting discouraged is easy. We’ve all been there. Take your time learning how to achieve one style at a time. Once you’ve perfected it, move on to another method and then the next. Experimenting is the best way to find that style that fits you best. Here are a few styles you should try perfecting first:
- Wash and Go
- Flat Twist
- Two Strand Twist
- Braid Out
- Perm Rod Set