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 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
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. Healthier Hair
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. 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. 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.
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 this growing website. You’re not alone and there are so many resources online to help you on your journey.
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.
Natural hair is very unique. We’re the only ones with this kind of texture.
10. Fuller Hair with Lots of Body
Your hair will have more body and bounce compared to relaxed hair, which requires a lot of manipulation and products to achieve the same look. Even then, it doesn’t quite look the same.
11. Exciting Journey
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 and 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 but 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? Are you thinking of going natural? Share in the comments section.