“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