Transition to natural hair or not is a question a lot of naturals debate these days.
I had no concept of natural hair when I was a kid and relaxed my hair when I was 16.
I despised the baptism by fire experience of the relaxer but my hair was so sleek and shiny.
As the years passed, I despised the relaxer more and more and lost significant amounts of hair while at it.
It took a while but I finally arrived at the “no more relaxers” stage in 2009 and just stopped relaxing.
If you’re still teetering on the edge of the decision, perhaps these 12 reasons might tip you over to the natural side.
Top 12 Reasons to Transition from Relaxed to Natural Hair
1. Natural Hair is Versatile
Natural hair is extremely versatile – you can wear it straight, wavy, curly, kinky and there are so many styles you can achieve on natural hair that you can’t on relaxed hair.
2. Better Health
Studies have shown that relaxers cause serious health issues such as respiratory problems and fibroids.
3. Natural Hair is Healthier
Over a period of time, relaxers lead to thin hair, breakage, split ends, frizziness and dry hair. These may be issues you’re struggling with right now.
4. Natural Hair Means Healthier Pockets
You are going to save a load of money once you start learning how to take care of your hair.
You’re no longer bound to weekly $75 visits to the salon depending on where you live.
Of course, you could descend into PJ (product junkie) world but we’ll talk about that in a different article.
5. Natural Hair Leads to a Healthier Scalp
The scalp burns are horrible. Personally, this was the main thing that eventually sent me running from relaxers.
I would start quaking in my boots when the time for a retouch was around the corner.
No matter what type of relaxer I used or what I did to prepare my hair for a retouch, it still felt like someone setting fire to my scalp.
6. Natural Hair is Fabulous
Natural hair is so fabulous and gives your face a whole new personality that just lights you up.
7. Large Community
There’s a large natural hair community to support you including Healthy Natural Hair Products, which continues to grow.
You’re not alone and there are so many resources online to help you on your journey.
8. Natural Hair is Liberating
Letting your hair grow free and natural can be quite liberating. You no longer feel forced to conform to society’s standards of beauty. There’s more than one way to be beautiful.
9. Natural Hair is Unique
Natural hair is very unique. We’re the only ones with this kind of texture. And not just the one texture. You have different kinds of texture.
I’m truly fascinated by my texture on every wash day – 3B, 3C, 4A, and 4B.
10. Fuller Hair with Lots of Body
Your hair will have more body and bounce compared to relaxed hair.
A lot of manipulation and products would be required to achieve the same look on relaxed hair. Even then, it doesn’t quite look the same.
11. Natural Hair Journey is Exciting
Hey, it’s your hair growing out of your head and you get to be acquainted with it for the first time in your life. The journey can be exciting and exhilarating.
Natural hair lets you be a bit of a ninja. When curly, it’s shoulder-length or shorter depending on your hair length one week.
The next week you can wear it straight and look like a completely different person. I enjoy the look of confusion on people’s faces :).
Now, does all the above mean there’s no one with healthy relaxed hair on the planet? Of course not. There are quite a few people with long healthy relaxed hair.
However, the purpose of this article is to give you the main reasons why you may want to go natural if it’s something that’s been on your mind for a while.
If you do decide to go natural, it should be your own decision. Don’t let anyone force you into it or make you feel guilty because you’re relaxed. It’s your hair, your journey and it should be all about you.
Why Did You Go Natural?
Some of our fans have shared why they decided to go natural, which I’ve uploaded below:-
“Loved the styling options, that’s why I went natural,” – Eboghomen
“I went natural because I started having reactions to relaxers and I have not regretted it at all. While I’m still trying to find the right products for me, I am getting better at styling. March 2019 will be 2 years,” – Nita
It’s incredible seeing what my hair looks like for the first time. I am so here for this journey,” – Toks
“I got tired of relaxing my hair and the breakage so I started researching and decided to go natural. It’s being a wonderful journey,” – Ade“Liberation. I will never forget the day that it rained, and I was ok with my hair getting wet. I also will never forget how much fun I had on vacation because I was no longer afraid of the pool. Going natural has been liberating. It’s a life that many women of color were deprived of specifically before the Natural Hair movement,” – Doris
Why did you go natural? Are you thinking of going natural? Share in the comments section.