5. Walking in the rain is a divine experience
Ok, I know that this won’t apply to every single natural or in fact every situation but for those who lose their fear of rain, no longer will you be required to run for shelter, or don a Walmart bag on your head because you got caught out there.
Your natural hair loves water and the water from the sky is the purest of its kind.
This is right up there with community but when you embrace your hair especially after years of being told how unpretty it is you develop a sense of pride that you have taken that step despite the naysayers.
Natural hair gives you a chance to get close to your roots and your ancestors as you discover what your hair looks like and feels like. Say it loud “I’m natural and proud!”
8. Motivation to embrace everything natural in our life
We are modern women living in concrete jungles but so many of us have taken the time to learn about natural products and practices that we have extended that knowledge to other areas of our lives.
Barely anyone was thinking or talking about coconut oil* and Ayurveda back in 1995 but look at us now!
9. We exercise more
Black women especially are known to pass up the gym to preserve a press or fresh relaxer. That will no longer be the case, going natural gives you freedom from worrying about a little sweat.
10. It saves money
Maybe we should say it can save you money. This reason won’t apply to the product junkies and the perpetual spenders among you (and you know yourselves), this is for us economic folks that like to get the most out of our regimens without spending a fortune.
It’s possible to take care of your natural hair on a budget without the mandatory $150.00 on lotions potions and hair creams every few months.
11. Retaining length is easier
This goes back to the strong strand thing, the stronger the strand the less susceptible it is breakage and damage allowing for easier length retention.
12. Having natural hair will force you to learn about your hair
For some reason when you are first introduced to your natural hair after years of relaxers, you and Google become very well acquainted and you start to look up everything from fancy oils* to scientific hair jargon. You become an undisputed expert on the stuff growing on your own head.
13 New growth is no longer an annoyance
Remember how you felt when you saw even a quarter inch of new growth soon after a relaxer? You felt like time flew by so quickly and now you need yet another touch up. But when you cross over to the natural side, you actually appreciate new growth and look forward to it.
Shari Powell says
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.
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Besie Bennett says
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 says
I am natural and I love it.
Lelah G says
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 says
GREAT article. Well done 🙂
Lameme Mikele says
Love! Did my BC and I am embracing it 🙂
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 says
#1 Reason I go natural in the summer: Mississippi heat. You’ve got underboob and scalp sweat walking two feet to the car lol