Throughout this blogging experience, I’ve shared natural hair history, modern day challenges, and the perspectives of women across the nation. One thing that I have yet to do, however, is share my own personal journey with natural hair. This post will share my top three reasons why I’ve chosen to be natural.
Reason Three: Costs Savings
Like many things in life, the almighty dollar did play a role in my decision to go natural. Prior to going natural, I would spend an average of 100 dollars a month on salon visits. As a college student, this was far from feasible. My natural hair is much more affordable and most of the styles I wear last longer than styles that I would get at the salon. Fortunately, I’ve been able to learn how to braid and twist my own hair because these styles tend to be fairly expensive if you have to go to a professional.
Reason Two: Versatility
One of my favorite things about my natural hair is how versatile it is. Unlike straight hair, I can do so much more with my natural hair. I am constantly changing my hairstyles. I think that the constant change reflects my diverse personality and my love for new things. I’ve been told many times that it’s hard to recognize me because I’m always changing my hair. I’m always trying new styles like braids, Afros, and twists. Although I have a few signature looks, I’m constantly looking for new hairstyles and inspiration.
Reason One: Empowerment
I transitioned to natural hair because I wanted to empower myself. I wanted to break away from my reliance on validation from other people. This was a personal choice and I’ve received positive feedback as well as negative feedback. My natural hair was made for me and although it’s just hair, it means so much more to me. If I can’t embrace what God gave me, I think that’s a problem. My natural hair has helped me to embrace my individuality even if those around me haven’t fully embraced it yet. I’ve also felt empowered because it has re-connected me to my community, culture and history. I’ve learned so much about how to care for my hair and I feel that my hair experience now is much more reflective of what my ancestors did. I have absolutely no regrets in my decision to be natural.