Yeeeesss! I am so excited!! It’s been 5 years since I started my natural hair journey and I have learned so much! This journey has been an amazing one with many ups and downs, successes and failures, but most of all growth and acceptance.
I decided to go natural not because I had any trouble with my relaxed hair but because I wanted to take up a new challenge and see how far I can go. And I must say, 5 years of being natural has been an amazing journey so far.
Even though I was blessed with good genetics when it comes to a full head of hair, I never had any trouble keeping healthy hair even when I relaxed my hair. As at the time when I decided to transition, my hair was past my shoulder level.
Back then, I was in my second year in Uni, when I came across this girl’s page on Instagram who was based in the US and I was immediately inspired by her journey and I started to wonder what my hair would look & feel like without a relaxer. So I spoke with some course mates, and I mentioned to them that I was going to go natural very soon. Then I went ahead to show them this girl’s picture (the one I found on IG) and how she had grown her hair within 4 years of being natural. I can remember vividly how one of my course mates told me that I was thinking like a 2-year-old…My God, I felt that in my heart. To them, it wasn’t possible to grow your natural hair without using a relaxer in this country(Nigeria) because the environment is different from the cooler environment in the US.
I was shocked as to how they were thinking but their negativity was just the extra boost I needed to start on this journey because I wanted to prove that it was very possible to grow natural hair in Nigeria.
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I transitioned for 6 months and decided to cut off my relaxed ends.
Here’s what I looked like back then with my big chop…
Personally, being natural hasn’t just been about having long hair but rather, it has been a conscious choice as to having more healthier hair. These past 5 years has taught me so many lessons and I decided to share some of them with you, especially to this who might be thinking of starting this journey or those who are already in it.
♦ 5 LESSONS I HAVE LEARNT
WHOEVER TOLD YOU NATURAL HAIR WAS EASIER WAS LYING
You know starting something new can be all fun and exciting in the beginning stage, but with time you start to realize that it’s actually not that fun. Well, I fell for the lie that being natural was easier, trust me, it isn’t — it requires a lot of work, determination, patience and just a constant pep talk to remind yourself that it’s all worth it in the end.
Do your own research, get to understand fully what you’re about to start, in this case, your natural hair journey. Not every style or product might work for you, so you should keep that in mind.
LESS IS MORE
People constantly ask what products I use for my hair and they are surprised when I give them a short list of the products I currently use. Starting out on this journey, I believed that you had to have a bunch of different products stacked up on your shelf but the truth is that your hair can do well with very few products especially if you have the basic essentials. Most of my hair products are DIY’s, so I try to keep it simple. Which brings me to my next point.
WHAT WORKS FOR OTHERS MIGHT NOT WORK FOR YOU
I try to remind myself not to get too carried away with what’s working for someone else, especially if I decide to try their method. This is where knowing your hair comes to play. Understand your hair texture, what kind of products work better with your hair or how often should you be styling your hair a certain way. Know what works for your hair and stick with it.
DEEP CONDITIONING IS IMPORTANT
This is a very important step that should not be skipped! And it’s something I’ve been slacking on these past few months but initial, I was very intentional when it came to deep conditioning. Naturally, our hair lack moisture so we have to constantly give our hair that deep treatment to refresh and restore that moisture that gets lost to the environment and manipulation every day. I’m hoping that I’ll get back to deep condition every 2 weeks at least.
Create a regimen and decide how often you will wash and how often your hair needs moisture. Then stick to it!!
This is one important lesson I have learnt and anyone who has natural hair will tell you the same. To have natural hair is to develop the virtue of patience because it is indeed time-consuming but I know that it is worth it.
Set aside some time on your calendar for wash days and hair treatments so that you’ll be able to fully care for your hair. In other to have healthy hair, you have to stay consistent.
PS: Remember Healthy hair over Long damaged hair.
These are some products I started out with…
These are some of the products I currently use…
Cheers to the next 5 years!
Did you enjoy reading this post? What has been the greatest challenge/lesson in your “hair journey?” Let me know below
Till next time
Loads of Love❤❤❤