Going Natural | Why I Went Natural

“Going Natural” has become somewhat popular of late, which I guess could be seen as a good thing since we are starting to embrace our own authentic hair.  However, I find it sad that it took a trend to help us discover that our hair is actually beautiful and can be seen and loved. Why is it even called going natural? Our hair is already in its natural state, we ARE natural, if anything we should be “going relaxed” or “going extensions” lol! Anyway I digress.

 

Growing up, I used to be totally against natural hair because I had my fair share of trauma when going to the hair salon. I would always be in tears as the hair stylist detangled my dry and coarse afro. They used to say, “Bokgarebe bo a itshokelwa” which meant something along the lines of, “beauty takes patience” and somehow that was supposed to justify all the pain and agony I was going through. As a result I always associated natural hair with being painful, dry, dikgobe, fra, nappy and many more negative connotations. I was always excited to get my hair relaxed (chemically straightened) because my hair would be painless when I combed it.

 

 

However, last year I started seeing african girls with long, natural, soft and moisturised hair. I could not believe my eyes. I then started doing some research and found out how damaging relaxers really are to our hair and scalp. They contain harsh chemicals that are harmful and we wonder why our hair does not grow?! Well there you go. After all these revelations I decided to go natural. I started using hair products made for natural hair because most of them are free of sulphates, parabens, silicones, mineral oil (Yes, petroleum jelly is not the best for our natural hair) and any harsh chemicals. My hair has since flourished. I never in my wildest dreams thought I could comb my natural hair without crying out in excruciating pain. It has softened over the months and feels absolutely amazing. Do not get me wrong, natural hair does have its struggle days, but all hair does. I am excited to see how my hair will grow over the next years. After a year of being natural I can confidently say that I am definitely not going back to the relaxer.

 

 

Many have asked me how I take care of my natural hair so I will be doing hair tutorials on my youtube channel and provide useful tips and tricks on my blog and social media pages so be sure to follow them. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I will gladly assist where possible.

Much Love xxx

Lady Bawss

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Going Natural | Why I Went Natural

  1. Your hair is very beautiful. I don’t think the natural movement is a trend. Those on the outside who do not completely understand what this movement is or means to us as black African women have labelled it as a trend. A trend comes and goes. It may last a season or two but soon it is over. Most of the women we view as inspirational with gorgeous locks have been at it for years. They have been going through the emotions and the stress of trying to grow their hair and most importantly learning to love who they were created to be. I guess it is only through us exploring social media more that we have become more aware of this movement and more exposed to these influencers and their beautiful hair and tips. But this movement is here to stay and more women are joining. I started 2 years ago and I get so frustrated by it but looking at more people like you posting makes me so happy to continue with this journey! Wish you all the best and great blog you have here!!! I haven’t seen many bloggers from Botswana. I lived there for a bit!!!! Excited to have found your blog!

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    • I am glad you enjoyed my post. Thank you for your comment. Many people seem to be unaware that the natural hair movement actually existed back in the 60’s then dissipated around the mid 80’s. The pressing comb and chemical relaxers became oppressive because they were tools that symbolized the shame associated with black hair in its natural state. And so the natural hair movement permeated the black population same way it is doing now. However this movement died or became ‘unpopular’ when permed styles such as the ‘jheri curl’ and others were invented. Also braids and cornrows started being seen as the new ‘natural’ hairstyles and became much more popular. So we can never be sure if what is happening now is simply history repeating itself or if the natural hair movement is here to stay. Although I do hope that it is the latter, the reality is that it is very possible that the natural hair movement could simply be a trend and become unpopular like it did before. I guess time will tell.

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    • Haha! The frustration is real but I also find encouragement when seeing other girls rocking their natural hair. Thanks again for stopping by! I will definitely check out your blog 😊😘

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  2. I can relate to all those days where I wanted hair relaxer so that I could be able to manage my hair, I only learnt to manage my hair naturally in 2013 after it was chemically and heat damaged and thin, only to ask myself, why didn’t I go natural earlier? Your hair is rich and beautiful…

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