Sit down with family members to explain
Talk to them about how you feel about your hair and why you made the decision for you.
You may think “it’s none of their business,” but remember that they are still your family. If they are willing to listen, be willing to explain and educate them on your decision.
Talk about your decision to stay chemical-free, how you are saving money by not going to the salon and how much healthier you are for it. Explain to your family that they should be proud that you feel free and beautiful with your natural hair
Educate your family about how hair products have come a long way
I’m sure that years ago it was tough to care for natural hair because the resources were just not there, nor were any hair care companies interested because women were getting relaxers and purchasing weaves.
Now that natural hair as become more relevant, today hair care industries are catering more to natural hair than before.
Show your family the products that you are using to help care for your natural hair. If it would help, show them pictures in your hair diary of how your hair has become healthier since going natural. Visuals and images can be pretty convincing, so use those to your advantage.
Reassure your family members that you are the same person
It really shouldn’t be that serious, but let your family know that you are only changing your hair and not your personality or address.
Even though your hair is part of you, you still strive for the same things in life as before. They may feel that you are going to act different but going natural is just a lifestyle change for you. Everything else will be the same.
If family continues with the rude and unnecessary comments:
It does hurt when you get negative comments about the decisions you are making, but sometimes those same people may simply want to get a reaction out of you. Just learn to brush it off and ignore them, they will stop.
The most important thing is remaining confident with your decision to be natural. This decision is about you and your hair and at the end of the day you cannot force someone to like your hair but they will have to respect your decision.
Originally posted 2015-06-08 15:00:32.