Make sure if you decide to return to natural you are doing it for the right reasons. Authentic motives well help alleviate any unrealistic expectations.
Once you make the decision to go natural research and be prepared to embrace whatever texture you were born with.
One thing that helped me was I watching YouTube videos with naturals with all different textures from all walks of life, since I had no idea what my texture was.
I researched a lot on the different natural hair textures and became very familiar with what to expect after you big chopped or decide to transition.
In the end I decided to step into this new natural hair world and step out on faith. I felt at peace about my decision and I had a strong desire which I knew meant I was headed in the right direction for me.
My plan at this point was to stop getting relaxers and my hairstylist would assist me in my transition phase of my natural hair journey.
Yes ladies I was a frequent weekly visitor to the hair salon! If you are a current relaxed girl trying to decide to return natural or not and you already do your hair yourself you may be more than fine to tackle transitioning on your own but I wasn’t one who did my hair at all.
If you are like that there are many natural hair stylists out there to assist you during your transition phase if you choose to go that route.
So, I transitioned for 6 months, with the initial goal of a year. What happened? Well… that transition phase at least for my texture was a beast.
We had trouble washing it, detangling it, and styling. My two textures just fought each other all the time forcing me to cut it all off, but the great thing is I had no breakage. My blessing in disguise is what I like to call it as it launched me into the natural hair world instantly.
Returning natural definitely was the best decision for me. I had no idea how it would change my life, or how it would open my eyes to so many things I had never seen before. This process mentally may take some time for some of you so don’t fret because that is common.
I would suggest if you are trying to navigate the pros and cons of returning to natural to check your motives at the door. If you feel peace about it go for it and if you don’t, do more research as it may not be the right time for you.
I would definitely encourage you to check out other naturals’ stories as they are all different and may offer you a different perspective.
My hope is that you would make the best decision for you, but I have to say trying something new is an exciting and rewarding experience and you will not be disappointed. For now I can say like all the other YouTubers and naturals, returning to natural truly set me free and if I could do it I know you CAN.