What are the good aspects of being natural?

blaqpearlblaqpearl Posts: 310Registered Users
I will start...

I can scratch my head as much as I want and not fear being burned by a relaxer.

I dont know how many times I stopped myself from scratching when my appointment would be couple of days away.
I have kinks, coils and curls on this head.
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  • OldSoulOldSoul Posts: 268Registered Users
    I can wash when I want.

    I could care less if my hair gets wet in the rain.

    My scalp doesn't hurt when I am getting new growth.

    I don't have to work hard to have a curly look.

    I don't have to worry about touchups every 4 - 6 weeks.
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  • CurlilocsCurlilocs Posts: 821Registered Users
    Scatch scalp any and every time I feel like it.

    I no longer have to plan hair appointments around big events! This was a biggie!

    I only worry about my clothes getting wet in the rain, could care less about my hair!

    I don't have to wrap my hair up at night.

    I am no longer fighting to keep it straight, and could care less if I sweat in it!

    I could continue, but I think I'v hit the highlights :)
    Free your Mind and your Hair will Follow :)
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  • MeyerGirlMeyerGirl Posts: 170Registered Users
    Yes, the fear of rain or any other moisture.

    Lower maintenance-and I thought chemically straightened hair was easier!

    fuller, shinier and longer hair

    lack of dependency on chemicals and stylists

    when is my next fix? I went from from being a lye junkie to being a product junkie!
    4a, deep waves and pensprings.
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  • st. louis bluest. louis blue Posts: 404Registered Users
    1. The whole new meaning of the word "healthy."

    2. The main concern that arises in sudden showers is the SHOES!

    3. The symbolic acceptance that my real hair is perfectly ok.

    3a. The potential signal to others that theirs is ok, too.

    4. The learning curve around this; I feel really enlightened.
  • CheleighCheleigh Posts: 552Registered Users
    Well, the ones that I've experienced so far at 23 weeks post:

    -Not having to schedule a time to get my retouch (I hated going in for that--it would stress me out--did I scratch recently? Will it burn when it get's rinsed out?)

    -I can wash my hair more often--when I was relaxing, I would hate to wash my hair because I could never attain the same straightness. Now I don't want to have a straight texture, and shrinkage is my friend--I actually prefer my shrunken ponytails.

    -Even with weird looking two textured hair that I wear out, I still get the attention from the guys (they're probably blind though :) ). I think that being natural (or transitioning in my case) brings out a different impression of me--I think I appear more approachable now that I am with relaxed hair. I think my relaxed hair has been a crutch for me, and each day, I rely on it less and less.

    -It's fun--this is the most interest I've given my hair in years! I'm learning so much about my hair and each day discovering something new about what it likes...or doesn't like :evil:.
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  • niclarniclar Posts: 110Registered Users
    No fear of the rain
    Healthy hair
    I have thin/fine hair and my permed hair looked weak now that im natural my hair is fuller with more volume.
    Its versatile
    I can scratch my scalp
    I can wash n go
    I enjoy my hair more now
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    Natural 4a/some 4b type hair, Thin, cottony coffee straw coils

    Thought I found my HG (KKCC)..its good but Im sure there's better:wink:

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  • Rastacurl RevisitedRastacurl Revisited Posts: 104Registered Users
    *your hair probably won't get mistaken for a weave
    *people can say "when are u gonna put a relaxer in that mess?"
    Supernappy, superbad, "when are you gonna put a relaxer up in that mess?"shrinking breaking TYPE 5 hair that - against all the odds - is growing quite long :)
  • atlantisrisingatlantisrising Posts: 263Registered Users
    I love the curls, kinks, naps, all of that. It just gives more character, IMO. Not to disrespect the straight haired girls, natural or not, it's just my preference.

    I love playing with my curls.

    I love not having to run to get out of the rain.

    I love not having to smell burning hair anymore.

    I love not having to smell the relaxer anymore.

    I love exploring my natural hair.
  • spiral-ncspiral-nc Posts: 716Registered Users
    Great thread Blaqpearl!

    I agree with what everyone else has said.
    I'll add:

    Finally having really healthy hair.

    Going on trips without having to lug a blowdryer, curling iron, and a flat iron.

    Not being afraid to work out for fear of ruining my blowout and recent touchup.

    More style versatility that I ever had

    Greater self-acceptance of how I naturally look.
    spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

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  • AsjaChyldAsjaChyld Posts: 111Registered Users
    Luv this thread!

    - If I'm having a bad hair day, no one knows because they aren't sure how my hair is "supposed" to look :)
    - I can be sure to be noticed in any situation
    - People find more than my personality highly memorable
    - People see my hair and assume that I am highly approachable (I've been told this and I've noticed it)
    - It makes me taller! (YEAAAAAAAA!)

    Assorted Amens:
    - No fear of rain
    - No fear of swimming pools/hot tubs/bodies of water in general
    - No need for shower caps
    - No need for heating appliances
    - No fear of burns (curling iron burns on the ears, relaxer burns)
    - Scratching! (YEAAAAAAAAA!) *scratch scratch scratch*
    4A (some 3C-ish in front)
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  • Curlee QCurlee Q Posts: 523Registered Users
    I was just talking to my bf about this today. I told him I always wanted curly hair, but didnt know that I had curly hair the whole time because I got my first relaxer at 5. And how its great to be natural.

    No more scabs on my scalp after a relaxer.
    No more trying to schedule my hair appts. around when I workout.
    No longer scared of the outside elements(rain, wind, humidity)
    No longer trying to avoid getting my hair wet while in the shower
    Just no more pain, I have a sensitive scalp, so any chemicals or braids would hurt.
  • cheleskilovecheleskilove Posts: 79Registered Users
    I like being different when I walk into a room....full of BLACK WOMEN!!! They try and sneak looks all the time. I love the statement my hair makes
    " I accept who I am and I'm proud"
    IN HIM


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  • msjokermsjoker Posts: 1,658Registered Users
    I love how springy my hair is

    No more gross burns from relaxers

    I get to save money

    I have HIF (hand in fro) addiction

    I can go swimming whenever I want
    "It moisturizes my situation... preserves my sexy."
  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    im free

    i love my hair (and so does everyone else!)

    i take my time walking in the rain
  • PJcurlPJcurl Posts: 71Registered Users
    Being able to sleep on it ...without trying to stay in one spot to not mess it up..

    How it feels to me...soft and curly (also how he likes to grab a curl too..wouldn't let him before)

    As everyone has mentioned being able to wash it whenever, not running from the rain..being able to sweat !

    Being in charge of my hair destiny :)

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    Ojon RT
    Oils (jojoba, olive, sapote, carrot)
    Kinky curly custard
    Blended Beauty (new fave)
    I will not chop my hair off in frustration this year. I will not..I promise, no braids, no braids, no chopping.
  • travelgirltravelgirl Posts: 71Registered Users
    I like being chemical free-no more burns

    Now I know what my natural hair looks like and I love it

    I'm getting to know my real hair

    Seeing the possiblities of wearing my hair in different styles without having to go to beauty shop.

    Not having to spend 4 hours or more just to get my hair done :lol:
    BC: 03/26/05
    CW and no oil
    O with some S
  • missthing606missthing606 Posts: 18Registered Users
    1.Natural hair is fun - you can style it as often as you like and it won't shed or break!

    2. Getting caught in the rain is fun too!

    3. I don't have to carry a crazy amount of hair prodcuts to the gym. Just a bomb and some spritz
    For the first time im my life - gasp - I washed (read no -poo'd) in the Health club shower!

    4. you can be spontaneous - sleep over somewhere, go on water slide, cos your can sort your hair out easly, if you need to at all!

    5. I can get hair stuff anywhere, not just the Afro hair shop.
  • kbabykbaby Posts: 63Registered Users
    I love not fighting with my hair every morning, even if I decide to wash or rinse, no big deal!

    I love the way my hair feels - so much softer and thicker than it EVER was with a relaxer

    I love the newfound health of my hair -- my hair hardly grew with a relaxer, I was a constant wearer of the infamous "T-Boz/Halle Berry cuts"!

    I love how my napturality has now encouraged my husband to let his hair grow into a fro now, and he's planning to get twisties later!

    I also second Asja's emotion -- i LOVE that I can wear my hair ANYWAY I WANT and no matter what it looks like, nobody says anything because maybe I meant to do that!!!! :lol:

    This naptural journey has made me love me 100% (not trying to be skinny like everybody else, not following the crowd in the way I dress or things I do, etc). I'm constantly telling my Asian and White (and other African American) friends -- "Love you for you. Live your life like it's Golden!" It's truly been an eye-opening experience. :)
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  • CoilyCoily Posts: 96Registered Users
    walking in the rain and not feeling like I am going to melt when water touch it

    having my fiance so excited to moisturize my hair
    washing my hair whenever I want
    not having to worry about heat on my hair
    getting lovely head massages from myself and my fiance
    the versatility
    the freedom
    having people ask how I get my hair in that style
    not caring about humidity
    trimming/clipping my own hair
    feeling the breeze combing through my curls even the tiny ones.
    feeling sexier
    feeling wilder and bolder
    need I go on :D :lol: :wink:
    combo hair: dry hair/oily scalp
  • lalapixielalapixie Posts: 242Registered Users
    personal style- the afro look fits my glam/retro vibe and my face beautifully i always feel the most me with my afro and others feel that too

    compliments- i've been fortunate to only receive praise about my hair and i do always standout

    sexiness- men love love love the afro never got this much attention with straight hair cause the fro is flattering and very touchable

    versatility- i can have so many different kinds of curls and curly styles and can use so many methods to achieve them and can spend as much or as lil time as i want on my hair and still look beautiful and healthy

    spirituality- i feel blessed to be 100% natural and loving it

    politics- i almost feel militant about what my hair represents and more and more feel the need to convert my sistas ( in a friendly way if they inquire about it )
    violently happy
  • Joy2BNappyJoy2BNappy Posts: 50Registered Users
    Sorry if I'm late:
    "I look Militant" 8)
    I wrote this on Urbanite's webpage...She has great info.

    I Love my and Others Natural Hair because:
    Our Bold Style(Hair) is REAL among a "SEA of FALSENESS"
    I know this is what My Creator has BLESSED ME WITH..
    CAUSE You(Men) know deep down You want to Touch, Tug and Caress..
    These Strands that Intertwine together like "Lovers at Best"
    I'm Real at Heart...
    From the Very Start..
    In the Past our Mothers and Sisters had to hide their True Beauty!
    This is my Crown, My Tiara of Glory...
    My coils are True (unspoken) Words to my Story..
    Recognize this Prize.
    Women of Color...
    To Teach others by example..
    Not to be shame of what grows
    from You like a "Magnificent Flower"
    Is Our Duty, our Strength..OUR POWER!
    Rock on Lioness (Urbanite) with Your Bad Self!
    What U C is What U Get!
    Mother to two Jewels: Jade & Emerald
  • pizazzpizazz Posts: 239Registered Users
    Yeah, what everyone else said, but here's what I love so far(new natural 1 week):

    -Not having to worry about the curling iron/blowd dryer every morning
    -being able to wash/rinse my hair whenever
    -not wearing a shower cap
    -feeling free and completely me :D

    What I'm looking for to:
    -saving loads of money NOT having to go to the salon every two weeks and the amount of money I will be saving from not relaxing every 5 weeks(to keep up my short cut)
    -not traveling with my 3 different barrell sized curling irons/supplies
    -not scheduling workouts/events around when to make an appointment
    -healthy hair and hair growth
    -Not running from the rain!!
    -Not worrying about what stlye I can put my hair in and fussing with it, because my hair will make that decision for me! :wink:
  • Pgrl8Pgrl8 Posts: 5Registered Users
    JCrysy wrote:
    I can wash when I want.

    I could care less if my hair gets wet in the rain.

    My scalp doesn't hurt when I am getting new growth.

    I don't have to work hard to have a curly look.

    I don't have to worry about touchups every 4 - 6 weeks.

    Oh it has all come back to me now. Thanks. Alot more carefree, not afraid to cut it because I know it will still look great and grow back. Don't miss having a sore head from trying to sleep in rollers.
    4a/4b -