5 YEARS OF BEING NATURAL || MY JOURNEY SO FAR

5 YEARS OF BEING NATURAL || MY JOURNEY SO FAR

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.

5 YEARS OF BEING NATURAL || MY JOURNEY SO FAR

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.

5 YEARS OF BEING NATURAL || MY JOURNEY SO FAR

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.

These are some products I started out with... These are some of the products I currently use...

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…

5 YEARS OF BEING NATURAL || MY JOURNEY SO FAR

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.

5 YEARS OF BEING NATURAL || MY JOURNEY SO FAR

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.

5 YEARS OF BEING NATURAL || MY JOURNEY SO FAR

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!!

HAVE PATIENCE 

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…

5 YEARS OF BEING NATURAL || MY JOURNEY SO FAR

 

These are some of the products I currently use…

5 YEARS OF BEING NATURAL || MY JOURNEY SO FAR

 

 

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❤❤❤

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Ah i struggled with my natural hair the first three years, i just started knowing what good hair care is two years ago and I’ve been seeing a lot of difference… I enjoyed your article, thanks for sharing… Happy Hairversary

  2. Your hair is so beautiful Jennifer! I remember how long I stared at it when I saw it the first time! Cheers to good genes,patience & determination in the natural hair journey. ❤❤

  3. Any Time I think of Going Natural so Many Questions comes into my mind because i have a stubborn hair. my hair is Stubborn but my sclaf is very soft so i have problems relaxing it, imagine any time i want to relax my hair I’m always afraid because of The Pains, i can’t even carry relaxer for 5 minutes. What should i do and what product do you think will be suitable for my kind of hair. Thanks

    1. Thanks for this question and I think I’ll do a blog post around this. I’ve gotten asked about this countless times and one thing I’ll like to say is that everyone has different hair texture.
      I have very thick hair and at the beginning of my natural hair journey, I noticed that if my hair gets really dry then it becomes really hard to comb which results in pain.
      So in other avoid it, I spray water on my hair before I try to do anything with it. It helps a lot.

      Hopefully, in a future blog post, I’ll try my best to answer this question with a more detailed approach. Thanks again ❤❤

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