As women of color, we’re fed a very specific idea of what it means to have beautiful hair. Especially in professional & academic settings. You know: flawless, perfect, smooth, good hair, long, no sign of damage or imperfections.
Whether you're getting a new protective style or cutting your hair completely off (big chop) we're still learning how to love our hair and the products to use.
Here are Kendra's 5 tips for embracing YOUR hair. Take a look!
#1 Experiment with new styles:
One of the most extravagant things about our hair is just how versatile it can be. Whether it’s braided, twisted, knotted, styled straight or if you’re wearing hair extensions there is no limit to what you can do. Natural Afro-textured hair types are the absolute most versatile hair types in the world. Your hair can hold styles that other textures cannot such as intricate braiding patterns. So don't be afraid to see just what your hair can do!
#2 Going natural can lead to a healthier you:
Paying attention to the ingredients that you put in your hair becomes priority. And not only will this start to matter for your hair but for your skin & body as well. Once you start researching certain ingredients that are used in your hair products you will then start to take notice of the ingredients in your foods. You may find yourself making healthier choices for your health in what you eat and the amount of exercise you get daily.
#3 Longer. Stronger. Thicker.:
I've met a lot of women who have transitioned to wearing their natural hair and become shocked to see their hair become longer, stronger & thicker. Chemical relaxers can really do a number on Afro textured hair making it extremely fragile and lead to damage or stunted growth. When you eliminate harsh ingredients from your hair care regimen, you'll see the real potential of your natural strands.
#4 Find your perfect product combo:
Most of us don't make the transition to natural until well into our late 30's. Probably because we don't think we'll look good natural or we loose trust in hair stylists due to a few bad experiences. I've heard women say things like "The first few times I tried natural styles, I looked like a wet dog."
It's funny, but it's all about trial and error. Through the experience of trying new products, you will realize what works for someone else may not work for you. Everyone has their own unique coil and yours is special. Love on your hair and nurture your curls as if you are falling in love again. Allow yourself to explore products, styles but most importantly, don't be scared to take risks.
#5 Have a party. Celebrate!:
Be brave—celebrate your hair and wear it proudly. Remember that taking joy in living is the most attractive thing about you. Go shopping for a new wardrobe flattering to your new style; get yourself a cute wig or a great hat and scarves to ease the transition.
So there you have it. My 5 tips for embracing your natural hair...at any age...any texture.
Do you have questions or comments? Send them to us in the comment section below, we'd love to hear from you!