Should You Go Natural? 8 Reasons To Take The Plunge

Are you thinking of going natural? Here are 8 reasons to say goodbye to relaxers and embrace your God-given curls.


By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Natural hair is having a moment. Women everywhere are giving up the “creamy crack” (otherwise known as chemical relaxers) and rocking their natural hair instead. Celebs are no exception either – from Solange to Janelle Monae to Lupita N’yongo, there are more A-list ladies than ever proclaiming that natural hair is beautiful. But it’s more than just a fad – natural hair is here to stay. Here are 8 reasons you should consider giving the relaxers a break and exploring what your natural curls can do.

1. . It's exciting.

Who doesn’t like to switch up their style? Going natural opens up a whole new world of possibilities for your hair. There’s a lot to learn, but instead of letting yourself get intimidated by the options, get excited at how bomb you’re about to look.

2. . Natural hair makes a statement.

It may seem like it’s only hair, but it’s really so much more than that. Wearing your hair in its natural state challenges the idea that there’s only one way to be beautiful.

3. . It's healthier for your hair.

With reports being released all the time about the dangers of chemical relaxers, going natural is becoming a popular option for black women everywhere. Give your hair a break from the straighteners and chemicals - it’ll thank you for it in the long run.

4. . Natural hair is flexible.

Straightening your hair is all fun and games until it rains, gets too hot, or you have to go swimming, then it’s just becomes a pain in the you-know-where. If you’re tired of letting your hair dictate your life, then it might be time to try something different.

5. . It's empowering.

Ask anyone with natural hair - something about it just makes you feel good. Realizing that your hair is beautiful just as it is – and that you’re beautiful just as you are - is a confidence boost unlike any other.

6. . The natural hair community is full of amazing women.

Going natural doesn’t have to be a solo experience. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can connect with women all over the world who are on the same hair journey as you. #Squadgoals?

7. . Natural hair sets a positive example for the next generation.

Do it for the children! Kids with natural hair receive messages every day that the hair they were born with is inherently inappropriate and ugly. Show them that the world is wrong: natural hair is beautiful.  

8. . It's fun.

Sure, going natural can seem daunting, and you’ll hit plenty of snags (no pun intended). The trick is not to focus on the bouts of frustration, and to instead think of it as a hair adventure. Don’t worry – you got this.

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