My journey into the natural hair world was forced. My diagnosis of eczema at the age of 16 decided to step in and give my relaxer a run for its money.
I could no longer stand the perm sores around my edges, the hardened over-processed hair in the front and back of my head, and the sting of chemical left on my neck, conveniently close to my flared eczema outbreaks. So, I went cold turkey.
Hello Big Chop.
3 Ways To Love Going Natural After the Big Chop
By: Lanae Dillard
I cut off all of my hair and started from scratch. Free at last! I was no longer prisoner to the monthly cycle of chemically straightening my hair.
I must admit I walked into this natural hair journey with my eyes wide shut. I knew that I had given up the one and only source of straightening, but I had no idea how much beauty I would find in discovering my natural beauty.
Here are three things that’ll make you love going natural after the big chop.
Find what works for you.
There are so many different textures and curl patterns out there, but there is only one distinctive pattern that defines your specific natural hair. I’ve experimented through plenty of products and styles before finding my trademark. Once I discovered my pattern, it was much easier to embrace.
To learn more about how to achieve healthy natural hair care after the big chop or while transitioning, check out Kimberly’s eBook “Curly Halo,” which will teach you everything you need to know to start your natural hair journey.
Follow natural hair blogs.
I absolutely adore my natural hair community. The women who confirm the idea of being confident and simply being yourself were what kept me going on the long road to being a healthy natural. I found that through them I was able to accept myself as a confident natural woman. Natural blogs are a great resource to educate yourself and essentially become natural.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
The most essential way to love your natural hair journey while transitioning is by being and doing what makes you feel comfortable. If you want to wear one side of your hair braided and the other curled, go for it. The beauty in going natural is being able to showcase who you are: the true beauty of self. It’s the most endearing concept I’ve ever grasped.
If you have no other choice, believe me going natural is the best one.
Going natural was my only option at one point and at the time I couldn’t imagine all of the dope, trendy styles that were available to me.
Had my eczema acted right, I would have missed out on an amazing community of women and so much more. Those were my reasons for doing the big chop and going natural.
Whatever yours may be, remember that being unique is a privilege. Adore the honor of being a natural girl. Whereas I stumbled into the journey with no expectations, with so much information on how to take care of your hair in its natural state, you can be a part of a movement with your eyes wide open and your heart embracing your true beauty. Natural Queens stand up!
Kimberly’s eBook “Curly Halo” is a great place to start your natural hair journey.
About the Writer:
Lanae Dillard is a nationally published columnist for entertainment, contributing ideas of news & opinion and love & relationships. She has created a platform for women which includes testimonials, positive vibes and inspiration through her blog, Everyday Girl. She can be found editing, blogging and reaching the hearts of women around the world.