Don’t Be Scared of Your Natural Hair

It’s easy being natural right? You follow your regiment to the T: cleansing every other week, co-washing weekly, wearing protective styles during the week, moisturizing every other day. Your hair is thriving and you’re happy, right? Sometimes we get so caught up in the “technical” routine that we forget to have fun with our healthy curls.
I was watching Oprah’s Life Class, and one particular episode focused on breaking ruts, getting out of your normal routine, and generally stepping outside of your box. She revisited some of her old episodes with ladies that had lost some of their zest for life and found ways to empower them. One group of single mothers who had been living an unfulfilled life – they went skydiving and found their spirits again. Another lady had always struggled with weight issues – she shed all of her clothes and ran through the neighborhood in her undies. Another lady had become a frumpy mom and lost her sexy – she wanted to find herself again so she got a makeover and had been practicing pole dancing to bring the spice back into her marriage.
This episode had me thinking about how this applies to my natural hair…am I stuck in a box? Technically I haven’t relied on a “box” in over 7 years, but does my hair put me into another box? I wear my staple twist out style pretty frequently and don’t usually divert from it, but maybe I should?

Type 4 Natural Black Hair

Twist Out

Natural Black Hair Type 4

Twist Out

I’ve been doing a lot more experimenting with different styles, shapes, products…doing things I’ve only seen other naturals do. I guess I have a fear of doing something SO different, SO outside the box, that it won’t be received well. Maybe I’m scared sometimes….okay I’ll say it. I AM SCARED sometimes to wear my hair in different styles but it shouldn’t matter. It really shouldn’t matter how people are going to receive me…if somebody doesn’t like me for my hair then why should I care! I may not be my hair, but it is an extension of self. When I am confident in myself, I can pull off any hair style!
Don’t be afraid to step outside your box. Don’t get stuck in the same old routine. This adage can, and should be, extended beyond hair and into your everyday life….the only way to make a change is to do it. You can’t expect things to just happen if you don’t put forth the effort to make it happen. So take that plunge and do something different, discover who you are supposed to be!!

What are you going to change today?
Lisa Michelle :)

http://www.thishairofmine.com/

Natural Black Hair Type 4

Twist Out Pinned to One Side

Natural Black Hair Type 4

Twist Out Pinned to One Side

Natural Black Hair Type 4

French Roll Pinned Updo

Natural Black Hair Type 4

French Roll Pinned Updo

Natural Black Hair Type 4

French Braid with Pompadour in the Front

Type 4 Natural Black Hair

French Braid with Pompadour in the Front

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10 Responses to Don’t Be Scared of Your Natural Hair

  1. Autumn H. says:

    When I first went natural I was a little scared of the reactions and looks I would probably get from reading other blog pages, but now I can honestly say that I LOVE MY NATURAL HAIR. I’ve encouraged so many people to transition to natural my BFF, my friends from church, even my mother :)

  2. DaeMicah says:

    I enjoy being natural. Natural hair is very versatile. I have been natural for about a little over a year and I am still learning. It is nice to see others embracing their natural as well…

  3. Cyn says:

    Who have I encouraged to go natural? Myself. I was raised in an environment that said that free flowing “curly” hair is not acceptable. I was pressed, then relaxed from a very young age. It took some time for me to get to the point that I saw that my “natural” curliness was beautiful and it was the way God meant for my hair to be. Now, I not only enjoy the freedom of natural, but my hair is healthier than it has ever been. Thanks for giving us products that help us be who we were created to be!

  4. Evelyn McDade says:

    Lisa, You are beautiful inside and out and you are doing an exceptional job “Being Comfortable in Ones Skin!” Stay true to yourself and stay true to you! You have such beautiful hair!
    Much love
    Auntie E

  5. Lisa Michelle says:

    You ladies really give encouragement to those who may be going through the same things…if we can only try something new every once in a while it could really make a difference! I hope you enjoyed the article and I look forward to bringing you more :)

  6. Kerri Stewart says:

    I’m scared, too! BUT I agree, a change is needed. I got rid of the “box” in 2006, cut my hair and put on ponytail extensions & wigs. My daughter who I convinced to go natural thinks I should toss the wigs. She loves my natural hair.

  7. Maria M. says:

    I have been wearing my hair in twists for a few months now. I think it is time for a bit of a change.

  8. Marianne says:

    Going natural has forced me to learn so much about my hair and for me that ‘s the best thing. and by the way I love that “french braid with pompadour in the front” style. Hopefully I’ll be able to achieve it when my hair grows some more.

  9. T Williams says:

    I have encouraged my sister, niece, and many friends to go natural because it makes not only your hair healthier but also your body. Chemical hair relaxers can affect our bodies in more ways than we realize. We should be more afraid of the effect of unknown chemicals in relaxers than wearing our natural hair that God created us with.

  10. Petrina Johnson says:

    i encourage every beautiful black woman i encounter to be and go natural

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