Hair Myths | Being Natural = having healthier hair!
This is a very common misconception. It ends here!
When I wanted to grow my hair, I realised that I needed healthier hair first and then length would follow. For my own reasons - at the time - I wanted healthier relaxed hair. After all, it was all I knew!
So I started a healthy hair journey and low and behold, my hair grew and grew. I decided later than natural hair for me was more the thing. No more visits to the salon, or chemical scalp burns for me. Those were part of my reasons for going natural.
The myth I want to quickly dispel today is thinking,"I want healthier hair.....I'll go natural!"
I know and have known many naturals that thought being natural would allow them to grow longer lengths just by the virtue of "being natural".
The truth is, healthy hair - like a healthy body - is something you cultivate daily. (I sound a little agricultural now...the Nigerian little girl in me, I guess!). You don't just wake up with it!
If you suffered with dry hair as a relaxed lady, prepare for it as a natural. What you look the other way from as a relaxed lady will smack you as a natural....right in the mirror! Big dry hair! If your were crazy about heat as a relaxed lady, you will have heat-damaged natural hair when you really "need" those straight styles!
If you never learned patience for detangling...guess what...you may get very quickly frustrated as a natural. Oh, and you need patience to see the longer hair too, or you will start running back to the relaxer in a vicious circle!
Healthy hair - relaxed or natural - is not HARD work! However, there is some work involved.
I suggest you do your homework (research) before taking the step, or if you are stuck in a natural rut, inspire yourself into action by going online and studying. That's the only way to ACE the tests your hair will give you!
Hope this helped as food for thought!
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