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When I decided to go back to being natural, it wasn’t an easy decision to make. The process was an intimidating one for me and for many young women who decide to transition, especially if you have worn chemically relaxed hair for a number of years.
There are many of us who found that it’s not an easy decision to make on your own. For people like us we look for inspiration from others such as friends, family, bloggers, vloggers and YouTube channels of people who are openly natural.
We dig into their history to find out what made them return to natural hair, the first steps they took, the difficulties, the setbacks, the comebacks and much more.
It’s exciting and helpful to see the wonderful “before and after” images, the do it yourself mixes, the hairstyles and techniques on that person’s natural hair journey. We want to know how that person got back to their natural hair and became comfortable in wearing it out confidently hoping that it gives us that little push we need to make that step for ourselves.
It often makes us question, “can I do it just like she did?”. What I learned from the natural hair journey of others that I followed helped me to finally decide to go natural myself.
We know that at the end of the day you have to decide for yourself; however, the decision can be greatly affected by the information we learn through those we consult with on our conquest to being natural again. These are the individuals I like to call natural hair ‘influencers’.
They share their journey through a social medium and as such can have a great impact on the people that happen to be enamored with their journey.
My story is unique but not uncommon. I never knew I would be natural and like many others, my hair was relaxed every 4- 6 weeks without missing a beat.
My hair was lifeless and it hardly looked lustrous unless I went to the salon. When I did go to the salon I always walked out feeling like a “boss” and twirled all the way to my “boss” car, which at that time was a Mazda Protégé (don’t laugh, it was a BMW in my head) .
I never could see myself as natural because it just wasn’t something common in my environment and it had a negative connotation attached to it.
I thought the only way I could go back to natural was to cut all my relaxed hair off to a TWA. This was not going to work for me.
There was also my attachment to <a href=”http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/2zVZ3JmAy”>weaves</a> which was another reason for me not to entertain the idea of going natural because weaves gave me an alternative and straight hair was my norm.
When I finally decided to be natural it was a decision I could not have made on my own. As mentioned before, I never entertained the idea so I couldn’t picture it happening, yet for some reason, if I were to be truly honest, I had to admit that being natural was on my mind.
One day I did a fresh sew-in on my hair and I was definitely feeling glamorous. You know how we ladies get with a fresh sew-in of 20-inch hair (hey runway!).
Well, my handsome older brother came over and as soon as he walked in he said these impacting words to me: “You’re not you behind that “weave” or that white stuff (relaxers) that makes your hair flat like paper. Just be natural, it’s you!”
I looked at him in bewilderment thinking, why did he say that when my weave was clearly on fleek; however, I did understand him because I knew it was not the authentic me. The authentic me is who I needed to feel right with and that drive is what led me to begin my natural hair journey.
I immediately grabbed my laptop and googled “how to go natural”. So many blogs, vlogs, and videos popped up of people sharing their natural hair with the world. These women became influential in my journey and as such I realized how important their obligation was to a person like me who was just starting out.
As natural hair influencers we have an obligation to those who are not natural but are curious to convert to being natural. Our obligation is to encourage them through the authenticity of our own natural hair journey that we are sharing openly online.
Now wait a minute. Before you jump up, smack your lips like Shanae-Nae and say, “I don’t owe anybody nothing, my hair is my hair”, let me explain. I believe that natural hair influencers who chose to use social media to blog about their journey hold an obligation of honesty.
When we begin to video blog, post pictures, write articles about our natural hair we are doing so in order to reach out to other naturals and inquiring minds who are considering becoming natural again.
Our obligation is to encourage viewers to go natural by being authentic with what we share. This obligation is heightened the moment you receive an inquiry from a curious follower of your social media presence asking you “How do you go natural?”
Every natural hair beauty I know loves to have a hairstyle that looks cute, chic and at the same time easy to do. As much as it may be relaxing to have a hairstylist do your hair, some of us just don’t have the time, coins, or trust to leave our hair in someone else’s hands. If you’re anything like myself, I love it when I see a natural hairstyle tutorial that I can do, successfully!
Team Kinks! I’m all up on yo screen discussing foreheads and ponytails. I always felt due to the size of my head and the width of my forehead low ponytails would be unflattering on me. I have stirred away from it for years. The first time I tried it all I saw was a man with a long ponytail. I pretty much saw my brother. I have strong features and at the time I didn’t know the beauty of these features, I just saw it as a hindrance and something to be covered. So I would always wear hairstyles that covered the true size of my head. I would wear swooped styles that hid the “five fingers” forehead and overall brought less attention.
Have you ever had an itchy scalp result after using aloe vera on your natural hair? Well, this might be the cause. Did you know fresh aloe vera can have poison in the leaf called “Aloin” aka “aloe latex”? This aloe latex has more harmful effects internally than it does externally. However, it can affect your skin in such a way that results in itchiness or rashes. If not cleaned out well your experience with using fresh aloe vera on your natural hair might not be as enjoyable as the majority. So watch this video for proper cleaning methods of the aloe vera leaf. Do you have a whole bunch of white stuff in your hair after doing an aloe vera treatment? You strained it first and still get this pulp all in your hair? Well, I might have the best method to strain aloe vera, avocado, or even flaxseed. Click play and enjoy it.
Skincare, a ongoing journey in which consitency with healthy habits is vital. In todays videos I show my updated mprning skin routine. I also show a few of my favorite do it yourself natural face mask you can make in the comfort of your home. Click Play! Thanks in advance kinks.
Hey Kinks! If your healthy tresses are anything like mine you’re lucky if you get a full day of a twist out on your kinky coily curly hair. How frustrating right? You begin what you believe would be a “real quick” twisting session. You know how you think to yourself “Well let me twist my hair real quick”, yea right! So a few snacks, bottles of water and several tv shows later you’re finally finished twisting your natural hair. It’s the next day, you untwist and your results are looking like “I woke up like this”. Beautiful. So you’re off to start your day. Unfortunately, by the end of the day your hair has completely declared war on you and is puffed out in the worst way. Where they do that at?! Well I might have a solution…
I’ve tested this technique out on my hair for a few weeks before sharing with you all. I used different products and I still received the same great results. So my name is Nappyfu and I approve this message. My hair is type 4c, thick, coils for days and high density. It loves the twist out method above. It’s clear across the board that it’s successful for type 4 natural hair. It gives me awesome results each time I do it. Let’s be real, our natural hair does have a definition when it comes to these styles but the problem is it tends not to last. With what I like to call the “Tightly Twist Method” you can have your perfect twist out last for much longer.
Checkout the video and if you like the method please share it. We want everyone to have an “I woke up like this” twist out that lasts. Starting with freshly washed hair let’s get this twistout going…
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