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Natural Hair: The First Year's Journey

Natural Hair: The First Year's Journey

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Natural Hair: The First Year's Journey




Your first year of wearing natural hair will not be without its ups and downs. You will spend much of it trying to understand what does and does not work for your curls, kinks, coils, mind, body, and spirit. Somedays you will be pleased with your decision, celebrating the fabulous natural styles you manage to pull off. Other days you may question the choice you made to ditch your creamy crack for Nubian kinks and coils.  
Here are a few tips to remember during the first year.
Steel Yourself for the Critics
Get ready for the critics. Despite the many strides that the natural hair movement continues to make, there will always be those who champion the cause of straight hair or a good weave. Do not allow the weave and chemical relaxer addicts to bring you down or let them make you question your decision to be a naturalista.
Take Pictures of Your Natural Hair Journey
Take a few pics during the first year of your natural hair journey. At a minimum, you will want to document your big chop, your first bout with shrinkage, your first coil-do, you first two-strand twist, and the braids. Aim for a photo update every 30 days.
Oh, and don’t forget to snap a few pics of the days that you retreated to the safety of a wig because you were having a bad natural hair day. Yes, there will be plenty of those as well. 
You can share your journey on social platforms like Instagram or create videos detailing your year-long voyage. Everyone enjoys a good natural hair journey story.  
Embrace Your Shrinkage!
Shrinkage will become a looming presence in your relationship with your hair. Although it is occasionally preventable, it will not be entirely avoidable, mainly if you reside in humid climates, so get ready to accessorize your overall style and look with a collection of good earrings and eye-catching make-up to distract admirers from your bout with shrinkage. 
Natural Hair Forums
Natural hair forums are full of confused and knowledgeable natural hair divas just like you. Find a few natural hair communities to join so that you can learn as much as you can from other naturlaistas who are proud to rock their natural kinks and coils. A few great communities include:
Enroll in YouTube University
Every novice naturalista has to start somewhere in their natural hair journey, and YouTube can be a great place to learn the tricks and trade of being a natural hair diva.  Find a natural hair maven with hair that looks like yours to start. Yes, there are others who will tell you not to limit yourself in this way, but following a diva with 3A Hair when you have 4C hair will prove highly frustrating when your hair is in a puff versus a curl after a rod set tutorial. This is only the beginning and the next subject will be about creating a hair regimen. Please make sure to reference the Natural Hair Terms Page for commonly used words and definitions used in the natural hair community.

Peace & Love
Tamika

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