The benefits of natural hair are far reaching not least of which is that you get stronger hair that grows long easier along with a genuine sense of freedom from never having to get touch ups again!
A lot of women however give up early in their transitions and here are some of the top reasons why this happens:
1. Failure To Plan
Whether you want to transition for a few months or a few years, you must have a plan for you hair including: How long you will transition for, how you intend to style it during the transition, what products you will use and when you will chop of the relaxed hair.
The only way to prepare yourself for what is to come is to do plenty of research. YouTube, forums and blogs are excellent resources and by seeing other women’s successful journeys from relaxed to natural hair you will know exactly what to expect from your own hair during and after the transition.
2. A Lack Of Determination
There is little point in going into a transition half-heartedly because you are doomed to failure. If you know exactly why you are transitioning for example; you have been unable to grow your hair long while relaxed and want to try the natural route, you want the thick hair that your natural texture will deliver or you simply don’t want to use chemicals any more, either way you are more likely to succeed when you have a concise reason why you want to go natural.
3. Not Accepting Your Texture
Loving your hair texture will either come immediately or it will grow on you. Now if you have never done a long relaxer stretch, prepare to be shocked, even taken aback by the sheer volume of your natural hair compared to your relaxed hair especially if you have been growing it for a good few months.
Expect to be surprised as to how much length is actually hidden by shrinkage and don’t expect perfectly defined ringlets especially during the transition phase, your curls won’t pop until the relaxed portion is gone. And if you don’t have any curls, well then you have gorgeous kinks. It’s all good hair!
Hair takes a while to grow and it may take months, even years for you to get a length of hair that you feel comfortable with. Just bide your time and keep your eyes on the prize. The transition itself will go by much faster than you think, and the results are so worth it!
5. Comparing Yourself To Others
This goes hand in hand with not accepting your natural texture. If you feel the green eyed monster coming on every time you watch a YouTube video of someone with longer, curlier, shinier or hair that is somehow just better than yours, then don’t watch videos any more.
Just concentrate on your own hair, take lots of pictures throughout your journey and only compare yourself with yourself. There’s nothing as inspiring as visual confirmation of your own progress!
Take Away Message
If you have tried to go natural in the past but was not able to for whatever reason it’s not a failing in your character or confirmation of the fact that “natural isn’t for you” it’s likely that you were just under-prepared for the process.
You can still have a successful transition if you avoid the top 5 mistakes listed above.
Originally posted 2014-01-16 12:50:44.