Gorgeous hairstyles for your natural hair

Three years ago, this July, I started to transition to natural hair. Today, I have no relaxed hair left. I am in love with my relaxer-free hair. It looks far better than my relaxed hair ever looked. It’s so much thicker and has so much more texture and versatility. If I would have known my relaxer-free hair would have been so much better than my relaxed hair I would have transitioned long ago.

My hair is healthier than its ever been and longer and stronger. I just love it now. But my journey has not been struggle-free. I had a hard time styling my hair as my hair became more natural. I have never been much for ponytails and I never really liked the protective styles. I like wearing my hair down. These days, I mostly wear my hair in braid and curl styles. It looks the best when my mom braids it –I’m not that great at braiding. I can braid, just not good at braiding to my scalp, cornrowing or french braiding. But, in the beginning, styling my hair was a huge struggle.

So, I rounded up a few gorgeous hairstyles for you to try:

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Also, here are some beautiful protective styles:

Easy Long Term Protective Styles that Don’t Take Forever to Do

Stay tuned for my tips and tricks regarding your natural hair. My mission in life is to make things more convenient without sacrificing quality. So, I actively search for ways to make processes more convenient, shorter, save time and fit within a busy lifestyle. Taking care of natural hair can be time-consuming, but I am finding ways to save time. So stay tuned in!

Transitioning Vs. The Big Chop

As more and more women begin making the choice to go all natural, they are faced with one huge question: Transitioning or the Big Chop? This decision will determine how the rest of their natural journey will go. And while many swear by the choice they made, the truth is, there are several pros and cons for each choice. That’s why it’s extremely important for any women who is trying to make the decision to go natural to be informed about both.

Transitioning relaxed hair to natural hair means that you’ll be cutting off the damaged hair bit by bit, as new, natural growth comes in. For some women, especially those who have longer hair, this allows them to ease into natural hair. This is actually the first, and most stated, pro for transitioning. It allows you to decide how fast you want to go into this new world. You can cut off a little every few weeks or every couple months. You’re in complete control.

Another advantage of transitioning is that while you slowly change your hair, you’ll have time to learn how to style and care for your natural hair. If you don’t have as much time as you would like to play with your hair, you can find a simple transitioning hairstyle until you do have time. This way, there’s much less pressure on you as you learn about your natural hair.

Unfortunately, there are also a few cons to transition. The first is the most obvious. You’ll be dealing with two different types of hair textures for the length of time it takes you to transition. This can lead to several awkward hairstyles, where half your head is curly and the other half is straight. Because of this, you’ll have to learn a whole bunch of new hairstyles that are specific to transitioning hair. Having two textures also leads to having extremely fragile hair. Where the two textures meet is very likely to break, causing frizz and split ends.

The Big Chop, or completely cutting off all the relaxed hair at once, is the other option for going natural. One of the best reasons for opting for the Big Chop is that it forces you to learn about your new hair out of necessity. There’s no middle ground here, which can be a great thing if you’re ready. And, the Big Chop definitely makes a statement. If you’re tired of your hair and want something new, the Big Chop is the way to go. Plus, the sooner all the relaxed and damaged hair is gone, the sooner you can begin learning about and styling your new hair.

It wouldn’t be called the Big Chop if it wasn’t a Big Change. This can be extremely daunting for some people. When you chop off all your hair, you can’t back track. One of the biggest cons about the Big Chop is that it leaves no room for changes of hearts. And, if you’re hair wasn’t very long to begin with, you might be left with hair shorter than what makes you comfortable.

No matter what your choice, going natural will definitely change your life. And, in the end, both options lead to having beautiful, healthy, natural hair!

The Natural Hair Care Movement

The natural hair care movement is an amazing phenomenon that has swept across the United States. Over the past several years, thousands of African-American women are making the choice to stop processing their hair and to embrace their natural locks. This movement stemmed from the realization that, for generations, Black women felt the need to apply White standards of beauty to themselves. And, to be honest, the chemicals, expense, and time it took to get this look was not worth it. So, Black women have decided to flout their gorgeous curls and coils, embracing their true ethnic beauty.

The concept behind going natural is quite simple: Women have stopped putting harmful chemicals in their hair. This means that instead of using relaxers, women embrace their natural hair patterns. While some still continue to blow dry and flat iron their hair, they tend to do this less and still keep their natural texture. Some start their natural journey by cutting off all their processed hair, while others let it grow out and cut it away as it lengthens. Either way, in the end, Black women are left with their beautiful, natural hair.

At the center of the natural hair care movement is a strong focus on self-love and respect. While all women, no matter what their race, have been victim to the beauty expectations placed on them by society, Black women have faced harsher judgement. This led them to adopt hairstyles that weren’t natural to their hair type, with each new fad taking it to more drastic lengths. The natural hair movement shifted focus from what is ‘acceptable’ in general, to what makes each woman feel beautiful and proud.

One of the best things about this movement is how it applies to a wide range of Black women. Everyone has dealt with trying to love their hair, but for Black women this movement was so close to the heart that discussing it created a community. Through Instagram, YouTube, and other social media outlets, women have come together to share the struggles and triumphs that comes with transitioning to and caring for natural hair. The common theme in all these outlets is that women are beautiful just the way they are and that they don’t have to conform to be gorgeous.

The natural hair care movement is completely doing away with the long held idea that hair can only be beautiful if it’s long and straight. Now, women are rocking their afros, curls, and ringlets with a pride that resonates with all of society. In fact, while the natural hair care movement is considered a Black movement, it has inspired women of all races to stop conforming to society’s concept of beauty. By inspiring and learning about themselves, and their hair, Black women across the country have ignited a feminist movement that is changing the face of the country.

Afro a Political Statement

The African American hairstyle,  particularly,  the “afro” gained popularity in the 1960’s. It has become a defining symbol for 1960’s and 1970’s. The hairstyle was a symbol for African Americans who struggled to gain equality in American Society.

The hairstyle basically extends out to form a ball look. The longer the hair grows the larger the bigger the ball becomes. The natural curls and the way African American hair grows helps to achieve the hairstyle.

While today’s afro often looks stylish and fashionable, the afro of yesterday wasn’t meant to be a fashion statement.  The afro was a political statement, it was a ideological statement and it was a cultural statement.  The afro showed the world that African Americans were proud of their heritage and their African roots.  The afro demonstrated that African Americans didn’t adhere to beauty standards of only straight hair.  African Americans were proud of the natural qualities and tendencies of their curly hair.  With the afro, African Americans were able to take a stand against society and stood up for their race.

Now the African American look has evolved and gained more acceptance, even with some White Americans.  Today’s Afro blends political statement and personal style.  And, while the afro doesn’t always signify the battle for equality anymore, it does scream individuality and pride.