Why Go Natural?
For most women of colour, "Relaxing" our hair seemed like the easiest and best way to tame our manes.However this became increasingly harmful to our hair causing it to be dry, lifeless, unoriginal and we were loosing our edges! Not cool! So going back to the original state of our hair just had to be done. for some, this is to recover our edges (yes, really) or to get beck to our roots, or simply to have healthier stronger hair, Whatever the reason, "going natural" is becoming increasingly popular amongst us.
However this is not a simple process, especially if your relaxed hair is a certain length, the idea of cutting it all off and beginning again seems daunting.But, if going natural is something you want to do, then here are some of my thoughts on the subject.
Transitioning vs.The Big Chop
should I grow it out a little then cut it or shave it all off?
Technically, either way it is a "big chop"as you are cutting a LOT of hair off, but if you are afraid to shave it all and begin a fresh, then transitioning may be for you. transitioning does take a fair amount of maintenance. Moisture is key, otherwise your hair just looks terrible.
Below are some styles you can rock while you transition. (if you cut it all off, moisturize, condition and be patient - find a hobby)
Styling at each stage
Every stage has it's challenges, 1 & 2 are about patience... but you can get cute with it. My stage 2 was the most awkward shape with the sides of my hair longer than the top, i looked like ridiculous so i tries to taper the sides (which backfired) so i shaved them off completeley and i think it'll grow looking more normal.
When you get to 3 & 4 you will be glad you waited. I once heard that coconut oil is the absolute best thing for your hair - I'm doing that now and I'll post a review once i have a conclusion :)
Natural Hair Styles
there's toms of accessories you can add to jazz up your hair or colour it, or whatever you want while you are growing it out. without further ado, here are some of my favourites
Oh, The Glory Days
I'm constantly on Pintrest searching for styles... but tend to get carried away and now I've done the big chop 4 times in 2 years... I hope I can write on this topic again in a year with my own Natural hair journey, PATIENCE!! and care :)