(Closed) Going Natural – WTH Am I Doing?

posted 6 years ago in African-American
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Sorry, I don’t have any advice. But I just wanted to wish you good luck on the process! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Don’t give up!  I’ve had a few friends try going natural, get frustrated and perm their hair again, then regret it.  Do you live in an area with natural hair care salons?

I’m at work so don’t have any pics to share right now, but I’ve been natural since 2004 and haven’t looked back since.  My hair is the healthiest it’s been since before I had it permed way back in the 5th grade!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Girl don’t give up, you can do it!!  I’ve been natural 21 months and trust me, the first year is HARD!  Went through some crazy hair days, but I’m glad I stuck to it!  What got me through is that I promised myself that I would stick to it no matter what for at least one year and then re-evaluate.  If I had not done that, trust me I definitely would have ended up with a touch-up, but I’m so happy I didn’t.  My hair is finally growing instead of stopping at my shoulders, plus no more burnt hair smell!  If you feel like it’s getting to be too overwhelming my advice would be to give yourself a break & get a weave for awhile.  There are so many options: sew-ins, kinky twists, briads.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh I meant to add, have you checked out these websites, they’re great for tips & hair inspiration: curlynikki.com, Around the Way Curls (http://www.acurlsbf.com) & tightlycurly.com. 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love natural!  Just wanted to send you some good vibes ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@bumbleb922:  DON’T GIVE UP!!!! I have been transitioning for about 5 mths now! And I know the feeling this is the second time I’m going through this, the first time was a breeze, and I think it was because I was just going natural just cause I was being lazy didnt want to do my hair and didnt want to pay ne one! And it was gorgeous! But when I moved from San Antonio to Houston I seen too many fat face girls with natural hair and glasses so I permed it and colored it! I know silly right, lol! And I thought it would be easy this time around but its been a struggle my hair is continously coming out no matter what i do or use, so I’m about to braid it up for a while and see how that goes! But don’t give up just were cute protective styles chary jay has amazing one on youtube! and here are some pics of what i do to my hair….Now i didnt think i was goling to so this to nebody cuz im always taking pics! so im trying to pose and get my TYRA ON!!!! the first is a bantu knot out, the send is an old bantu knot out that i used ribbon to tie on the side and the third with my hunny is how i wear it often know cuz I’m too lazy to do anything else with it and my hair is THICK!!! But be encourage and don’t give up. Its worth it in the end

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Dont give up!

It will pay off in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

I went natural in 2005 and decided in 2010 that i really wanted locs. My dreadlocs are shoulder length now and even though the journey wasnt easy…Im happy everytime i look in the mirror ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have been having this same debate also .. my roots arent curly but the ends are and i am just tired of straighten my hair its a mess … i guess going natural just takes patients which something i dont have and the first year situation is too much for me lol .. If you set your heart to it you can do it and if you dont like it you can weave it up for a bit lol good luck

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Keep at it.  You need to take a long term prospective, trust me it’ll get easier and better ๐Ÿ™‚  At 4 months, you are still beginning the transition and learning what to do.  I found that the way I felt about my hair came in phases, just when I got used to one length, the next phase brought new challenges. Keep trying new things and if worst cones to worse, JUST LEAVE IT ALONE.  Put it in a bun, braid it up, or weave for a few weeks then come back with a new perspective and appreciation.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ugh I totally understand, shrinkage sucks! And after the first year I got so sick of stretching my hair in twist-outs, now I just wear wash & gos.  Just remember God made you a beautiful creature. A woman’s hair is her crowning glory; your crown is beautiful & unique just the way it is!  Oh & to help combat shrinkage a little: I leave TONS of conditioner in my hair (not leave-in, but regular conditioner- I like Yes to Cumbers and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration) mixed with castor oil (the heaviness of the thick castor oil helps weigh my hair down).  Also, try styling your hair when it’s wet & tie your hair up with a silk scarf instead of hair ties, that will help your hair lay flatter.

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