In case you’ve been living under a rock, the natural hair movement refers to the rise of women and men everywhere ditching relaxers and embracing their natural curls and coils. Now for most their decision was influenced by others, or by them wanting to reclaim their identity, and in some cases because of the health implications of using relaxers long term.
I wish I could say I went natural for the same reason but honestly it was mainly out of laziness.
Like many girls who grew up with naturally curly, I straightened my hair, it was the only way I knew how to style it once I was old enough to do my own hair. So when it was out and about it was straight, I also had a habit of colouring my hair so it was fried beyond help by the time I was in university. So you’d think I would want to make my hair healthier, but to be perfectly honest I didn’t care.
It was in my second year of uni that it happened – the drive to wear my hair in its natural state. I was getting ready for a night out in 2013 before Christmas and I spent 3 hours doing my hair. I blow dried it straight, straightened it and curled it to make it look like effortless waves. I went out and within an hour my hair became a frizzy disgusting mess, so that was my final straw. I could not be bothered to spend hours on my hair if it was going to look like I was cosplaying as Hagrid.
So I searched the internet on how to look after curly hair, I came across a lot of white girls with curls giving me advice that was not good for my hair type, and at this point, I didn’t even know the term ‘natural hair’. So after trying the wavey girl tips and failing – miserably. I finally found some girls with hair that looks like my type or curlier and followed their methods and it changed my hair life.
I also found out that curly hair care is VERY different from straight hair care, and I was doing it wrong from the very beginning – check out my curly hair tips and tricks here. So from then, I’ve pretty much embraced my natural curls, and it wasn’t anything political or dramatic, I’m just lazy and I prefer to wear my hair the way it was genetically created.
Sorry it’s not an inspiring tale of woe and desperation, but this is the honest truth – I did it for convenience.
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