Top 20 Reasons To Return To Natural Hair

funny african woman playing with hairOne of my favorite poems of all time is Still I Rise by Maya Angelou.

The words of the poem emit such a great energy, you cannot help but feel the power of the words move you after reading it. For example when Ms Angelou says

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Or when she says:

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Returning to my natural hair reminds me of that poem because for me it meant turning my back on years of believing that my natural hair was not appropriate for anything, not good enough for my family and definitely not good enough to be worn in public.


My decision to go natural was not my own but I am eternally grateful for the benefits I have reaped from it, from the simplest things to the most complicated.

I thought about the poem again while exploring the reasons I would tell someone to return to their natural hair so with the poem in the back of my mind here are my top 20 reasons you should consider returning to natural hair.

1. You do not have to contend with the risk of chemical burns

You know the ones that leave us with the scabs after a fresh relaxer, they will become a distant memory once you return to natural hair.

2. Versatility

Relaxers leave your hair moving in one direction, straight and down. When you return to your natural hair, you have the option of wearing your hair, kinky, straight, twisted, braided, up, down, slicked back, slicked up, fro’ed out, tamed down, you get the picture.

3. Its healthier

When your hair strands are intact and not chemically treated in any manner, it’s in its strongest state and that forms the best basis for hair and scalp health.

4. Natural hair is an adventure

You remember the first time you saw your natural hair peeking through and you had that weird mix of excitement and confusion because you were not sure what you were going to get and how you were going to handle it? The road to discovery is an amazing one; you should definitely go natural at least once just to experience it.

6. Community

We have a fraternity now, it’s funny how the community has grown but there is a brewing camaraderie among women who have embarked on a natural journey. We party together, fellowship with one another and help each other.

Best of all, from 3a’s to the kinkiest shrinkiest 4c’s, you are bound to find people with your exact hair type to help you with your challenges. Yes, the community is strong and it is loads of fun being a part of it.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Shari Powell

This is a good article. I went natural for almost 3 years, but relaxed again almost a year ago, I loved my natural hair, but at the end of the day I needed get up and go hair. I’m up at 4:30 for work and just no longer wanted to deal with taking out twists etc. BTW, if a woman is practicing healthy relaxed hair care, some of what you listed here can apply to relaxed hair. For example, since I rarely wear my hair bone straight anymore, rain doesn’t leave me running for cover and I can go to the gym and not care about sweating my hair out. But all in all, even though I am no longer natural, I do love the natural hair community and one day when time is no longer such an issue, I will return to natural hair.

Aquanetta Hicks

True!

Natercia Wilsone

lindos cabelos.

Besie Bennett

I got my last perm January 2000, so I’m approaching 14 years without the creamy crack. It was one of the best choices I made. I never looked back and I never will. I only recently started caring for my own hair and paying attention to the ingredients in products. I use heat very sparingly now instead of once a week and I’ve learned to use nature to my benefit. This journey is awesome!!

Gee Laure Kassy

I am natural and I love it.

Lelah G

I need someone with 4C hair, like mine, to give me her positive points. I can’t gather them from a 3A-C person.

Malakah Angellia Gladston

GREAT article. Well done 🙂

Lameme Mikele

Love! Did my BC and I am embracing it 🙂

Jessica
Jessica

Natural hair is so much easier to deal with especially during the summer time. I just wash and go! I always thought that natural hair would be harder to maintain but it was the total opposite for me since I started working out more. Now my hair feels healthy, I experience less breakage, and I can switch up my hairstyles from curly to straight. During my transition, I used Nutress Hair’s transitioning kit which helped tremendously! I definitely recommend these products if anyone on here is thinking about going natural. 🙂

Phoenix McGee

#1 Reason I go natural in the summer: Mississippi heat. You’ve got underboob and scalp sweat walking two feet to the car lol