Why Go Natural

Why Go Natural

No matter how you got here, there is no right or wrong reason to go natural. The important thing is that you made that step or even considering it is a good start. Here are some benefits to rocking your hair in its natural state.

Live Life activegirl

without your hair in the way

For women of color, we tend to let our hair affect many areas of our life from whether we avoid working out, to depriving ourselves of enjoyable things like swimming.


If you are willing and ready to transition you will find your natural hair to be a freeing experience.

Once you stop working against your hair and start working with it, not only do you get to experience healthier hair, but there is less stress put onto you.

No more pricey salon visits + maintenance, no worries about sweating your hair out, and no more weakened strands from chemical damage.



strong fuller more resilient strands

While there are some women who can successfully grow long relaxed hair, many women find that they have benefited from healthy natural hair.

There are so many stories of women who could only achieve chin length hair while relaxed, but after going natural they are growing hair longer than they ever had before (myself included).

Black hair is already fragile enough as is, but when you add chemicals to the mix this leads to your hair becoming even more delicate and prone to damage. This means that you have to work extra hard to care for and treat your hair when it is chemically treated.


Self Acceptance innerpeace

loving yourself in your natural state; there’s nothing like it!

Then there is the boost to your self confidence. Now this doesn’t mean that as soon as you go natural that you will automatically feel your the bomb.com, but it does feel good to know that you are comfortable in your own skin.

This is especially encouraging to women with young children. When they see mommy embracing their natural hair they think, if my mommy looks beautiful this way, so do I!

It’s good to know that you are beautiful no matter if you decide to wear a sleek style or wear your coils and kinks. For so long we have been trained to think what “good hair” is, and by showing your beauty to the world you are debunking this myth that only a certain hair type looks good.


Common Concerns

Will it be hard to style my hair?  It depends on what kind of style you are doing. There are tons of simple styles that you can do.

What if I don’t have the right texture? There is no such thing as a right or wrong texture of hair.

I don’t think I have the face for natural hair? Umm…. how could you not have the face for your hair’s natural texture?

Is natural hair professional?  The better question is why do you consider straight hair to be more professional?

A lot of these concerns come from the conditioning that society has put us through. It teaches us that straight hair is more superior and kinky hair is inferior.

All hair textures are beautiful. If you want to go natural go for it, don’t let what others think get in the way, if going natural is what you really want to do. After all it’s your hair.

Loving Your Hair

If you love it it will growA good book that you should consider reading if you are a newly natural or a natural that is struggling to understand how to care for your hair, is Dr. Phoenyx Austin’s book If You Love it, it Will Grow.

This is a good book that not only teaches what you need to do to grow longer healthier natural hair, but the mentality that you need to grow it.

You have to love your hair, not work against it. You will find that when you have this mentality the journey to healthy natural hair will be easier.





63 Responses to Why Go Natural

  • Hi Ariane, I’ve been reading your column for quite a few years now> thanks so much for all the research and work you’ve done and do to get us to accept our beautiful hair the way it was intended to be. My question is this: I’ve had my hair locked for more than 2 decades now; I wore it in a hard to manage afro in the 60’s (yes, I’m that old…lol), and then locked in the 90’s. My hair is very thick, long and I think a combo of 3c-4b types. I’m thinking of going natural, because my locks are thinning and the up keep can be fairly time consuming ( I do it myself).

    Is there a way to go natural (or more natural) without cutting off my locks? Is there a way to loosen them, open them or whatever, while retaining my length? I’m also about 25% gray at the roots (since I was 15) so I dye my hair black; I’d like to lighten my hair a bit, so that’s also a consideration.

    Please get back to me – either way, I could use some help with styles too!

    • I went natural without cutting my hair off in a big hop. I just kept clipping my ends every four to six weeks until the perm was gone. I’ve been totally natural for about 3 full years now.

  • im doing the big chop & going natural tomorrow & im really really stressed bc im still a teen & im afraid of what people around me will say & i didnt talk about it to anyone but this really helped me being more confident in my decision bc tbh my hair rn is a Mess & idk what to do w/ it anymore ++ since the beginning of 2016 a lot of movements about black pride etc started & it really made me feel proud of my blackness & not ashamed about it & i wanted to embrace it by finally having my natural hair back after all these years of relaxing but anyways!!

    • So happy to hear that you are still a teen and confident enough to take the plunge! I’m an adult and I understand your fear, I just went natural last night and haven’t even taken off my scarf yet, except in the bathroom lol. But shout out to you, natural black beauty is amazing, and I agree all of these pro black movements, me leaving more and embracing my ancestry more has encouraged me to take the plunge!

  • I did the big chop yesterday, April 1, 2016, and EVERYONE LOVES IT! I contemplated the decision for a few weeks and woke up determined to do it. I had been wearing various crotchet styles for 3 1/2 months with no intention of being natural. I was actually bored and growing my hair out. I’m pleased with my decision. My hair is cut in a jazzy fade. Although I’m self-confident, the 250 Facebook likes were a big help. My naturals welcomed me and the others are encouraged. I hope all of our sisters join us on this journey! Thanks for this awesome page!

  • This article has helped me to stay strong in my transitioning to natural hair. (I’ll be 2 months post relaxing in 1 week and 3 days)
    My close relative of mine keep telling me that “my hair isn’t the right hair to go natural” and “I’m going to have a little bit of hair on my hair one I go natural” She already think that I’m gay, (and for what reason I’m still trying to figure out) She asked me “do you like your hair short” or “If you’re going for that boyish look then you’ll get it by going natural.
    Me trying to be Christian, don’t believe in people being gay. But also believe that everyone has the right to choose because God don’t force nobody.
    Lately I’ve been trying to not respond to things like that and pray to God and hope that it is not true but know that it isn’t.
    But I wish that I had more support from home on going natural. This article really helped me understand that I have to do it for me, and not no one else. Thanks.

    • You are doing the right thing. I’m transitioning too, and I’ve heard negative and positive comments. But what sticks with me is that I have the God-given right to be who I’m without explanation to anyone. Regardless of how ur natural hair turns out, it is your hair. You are beautiful and deserve to be happy. Ur family will catch on later but if they don’t, oh well. Love u sister!

    • I don’t know how old you are, but what difference does it make what others are saying. This is your decision, and in a few months they’ll be saying, you should have done it long ago. Stay strong, and know that this is your journey, no one elses. Your decision, no one elses. Your life, no one elses. I Am Happy 2 B Nappy, and you will too,you’ll see, just be patient with your hair, and you’ll be happy 2 B Nappy too.

    • You should do it for you and no one else. I’ve recently decided to go natural and people have said,”Why? your hair looks healthy relaxed.” But that’s besides the point. And while I don’t feel like having a relaxer is “bad”, i don’t understand why there is such a strong need to persuade me not to wear my hair natural. And whatever your grade of hair is, know that it’s if God gave it to you it will work for you. If it’s what you want to do I think you should. And you’ll be glad that you did.

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