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Many people that returned back to relaxing their hair after taking a shot at going natural will oftentimes say that their decision was based on how relaxed hair is easier to maintain than natural hair. On the other hand, many Naturals will question how can the hair that one is born with be difficult? I personally think that relaxed hair can be easier to deal with than natural hair. I know that you’re thinking “what?” Yes, relaxed hair CAN be easier to deal with than natural hair — if one doesn’t take the time to learn their natural hair.
Having realistic expectations about your natural hair is integral for the success of your natural hair journey. One of the hugest problems that newly naturals have with their hair is styling. Oftentimes, people that go natural have little to no experience with styling and caring for their own hair. Don’t expect upon going natural that you’re going to be able to style your hair easily, especially when all you’ve worn in the past were weaves or styling for your relaxed hair was left up to your hair stylist. When I went natural, I had to break myself from styling my natural hair in the same manner that I did my relaxed hair. I no longer possessed one dimensional hair and had to learn how to style and care for hair that shrinks, bends, and grows upward.
The success of one’s natural hair journey depends solely on the person’s capabilities, not their hair solely. Generally speaking, many people that go natural had issues taking care of their relaxed hair. How can you expect to take care of your natural hair with ease if you didn’t know how to retain your relaxed hair which you’ve always known? And I know what you’re thinking, “Relaxers broke my hair off!” In actuality, relaxers don’t cause breakage. It is improper use of relaxers and recessive hair regimens that ultimately causes hair to break off.
One major mistake that many naturals do in the beginning of their natural hair journey is burning themselves out with a rigorous hair regimen. Hair care tips like moisturizing and sealing twice a day or re-twisting daily are taken as natural hair rules or the end all be all to achieving healthy hair. This causes many to become frustrated and conclude that natural hair is too much to deal with.The best type of hair regimen that one can have for their hair is one that supports their hair needs as well as their lifestyle. Catering 1-2 hours daily to your hair with a hectic schedule is not ideal and unrealistic. Essentially, natural hair isn’t more difficult to deal with than relaxed hair. One just has to learn and love their natural hair. Simple is always the best way to go with natural hair and practice makes perfect. Keeping these in mind will help you to not give up on your natural hair journey and be successful in the long run.
To help newly naturals that are frustrated with their hair, comment below the issues that you had early in your natural hair journey.
How did you overcome them?
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