Before you embark on any journey, it is ideal that you make preparations; mentally, physically and materially. Going natural is not any different because as most people say, it’s a journey. It could be short term, long term or even a journey of a lifetime and so it is necessary that you make adequate plans because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing three vital questions that you need to ask yourself before you go natural if you want your journey to be enjoyable.
The first question you must answer is; why am I going natural? This is very important because understanding the purpose of your journey will help you in making other important decisions. Am I going natural because it’s a trend or because all my friends are natural? Is it because I’m tired of chemical and/or heat damage? Am I going natural based on religious beliefs? The answers to these questions will help you in making your hair regimen when you finally go natural.
After discovering your purpose of going natural, the next step is to ask yourself how long you intend to be natural. Is it short term or long term? Your purpose for going natural will help in answering this question. If you’re going natural because it’s a trend or because your friends are natural, there’s is a high chance that your journey will be short term. You’ll probably go relaxed again as soon as you get bored. On the other hand, your journey will most likely be long term if you’re going natural based on beliefs or intolerance for chemical and heat damage. Knowing the duration of your natural hair journey is important because it’ll be the basis for determining the kind of styles you’ll wear and ultimately your regimen. If you’re going to be natural for a short period of time, you’ll most likely be experimental with different hairstyles, colours and techniques in order to make the best of the short time you have. Alternatively, you may need to be choosy with techniques, hairstyles and ultimately stay away from chemicals if your journey is going to last long in order to keep your hair healthy and prevent breakage.
The third question you need to ask yourself is; how do I intend to wear my hair? Am I going to be on protective styles all the time or am I going to wear my hair out frequently? Before you answer these questions, you must first consider various factors like your personality, nature of job and how much free time you have. If you’re creative and like to switch things up from time to time, you may have to wear your hair out often because natural hair is more versatile than any protective style available. If you’re not so keen on styling your hair yourself and prefer it when others style your hair for you, then protective styling will be your better option. By protective styles I mean weaves, braids, wigs etc basically styles with artificial hair. Both options have advantages and consequences. Apart from giving you the opportunity to be creative, wearing your natural hair helps you bond with your hair faster. In no time, it’ll become very easy to tell what your hair needs and doesn’t need per time because it’s always accessible to your eyes and hands. This will help you in growing your hair long and healthy over time. The disadvantage of this is that you will not be able to retain all the hair you grow because you’ll need to trim frequently and that waist length hair will not be achieved as fast as if your hair is always protected. On the other hand, protective styling if done properly could help you achieve your hair goal a lot faster because you’ll be able to retain most of the hair you grow. However, you will not be able to bond with your hair as fast because your hair is always locked away in the protective styles. If for example you suddenly need to wear your hair out longer than usual in-between protective styles, you may experience severe breakage because you don’t understand your hair well enough to care for it when it is uncovered. Contrary to what many people think, natural hair is meant for everybody. You just have to find the regimen and techniques that fit into your preference and lifestyle.
I hope the answers to these questions help you in making better decisions concerning your hair.
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