I’ve been fully natural for just over 5 years now, and even though I love the journey of discovery that I’ve been on on the one hand, on the other hand there are certain things that I wish I’d known before embarking on this journey, just so that it could have made things a little easier.
Here are 5 things that I wish I knew before I decided to embrace my natural hair.
Seeing your own true, texture will take time
Especially if you transtition! When I decided to transition from heat damaged hair back to my healthy curls I didn’t have any idea how my real curls would look since I’d been so used to straigtning and flat ironing my hair for years. I was desperate to embrace my natural texture but just couldn’t believe how long it took for me to be fully natural. I transitioned for about a year, during which I gradually cut off my heat damaged ends. It really was a lesson in patience.
Not all natural hair products are made equal
While there are many natural hair products on the market these days, there are many that still contain ingredients that aren’t great for our curls. It was only through my constant research and reading of product labels that I discovered that some natural hair products still contain ingredients such as sulphates and silicones. Lucily product brands such as Boucleme don’t contain any nasty ingredients which is one of reasons it will always remain a firm favourite of mine. But what I have learnt is that consistent checking of ingredients before you purchase or try out a gifted natural hair product is key.
Shrinkage is a thing
I honestly wish someone had told me how much curly hair shrinks up, and that the curlier your hair is, the more it will shrink up, making it seem as if your hair is half the length is actually is. I’m still learning to love my shrinkage as I know it means my hair is healthy, but sometimes I can’t help wishing that I can have super healthy curls without the accompanying loss of length. A girl can dream, can’t she?
You’ll still have bad hair days
I don’t know if I thought that embracing my natural hair would miraculously mean that I’d never have a bad hair day anymore, but somehow I’m still surprised at how bad some days can be. This happens mostly if I’ve not moisturised my hair properly for a good number of days, so really I only have myself to blame. Luckily I know better now, and as long as I stick to a regular moisturising routine and I keep my ends protected I’m usually good. If all else fails a hat or scarf usually do the trick!
There is a huge community of naturally curly girls ready and willing to offer support
Ah, probably one of the best things about having embraced my curly hair is the sense of community that exists online, in the form of support from other curly girls willing to share information regarding products, techniques, and general encouragement. This is something I absolutely love and quite honestly, if I’m feeling a bit down about my hair on a particular day I know that I can head straight to the curly community online for the biggest pick-me-up ever!
These are just a few of the things that I wish I knew before going back to my roots and embracing my naturally curly hair. Feel free to share the things that you wish you knew before going natural below.