Check out their responses below:
"10 Reasons Why I Went Natural"
1. I'm learning each day to love what God has blessed me with even if society puts negativity on it...so I would have to say to truly enjoying what God has given me.
2. My son was born with a head full of hair and seeing how beautiful and soft it was definitely made me want to cut mine even more...son's natural hair.
3. Someday I hope to be a Mother to a beautiful girl and I want her to also embrace her true beauty and I'd like to be a role model for her. I don't want to try and teach her to wear her natural hair with confidence if I'm wearing a weave, relaxer, or wig so for my daughters I hope to have down the road.
4. I want to be able to still rock a cute hairstyle even if it's raining, humid, or snowing outside. I don't have to worry about "running for cover!"
5. I wanted to feel (and love) my natural texture (and even after 2 months, I still can't keep my hands out of my hair, lol)
6. I want my hair to grow with me as I grow to a phenomenal woman!
7. I was tired of using flat irons, blow dryers, curling irons, pressing combs, and whatever other damaging product on my hair...to stop the habit of putting heat on my hair to achieve a certain look.
8. My quote that I live by for my hair: "I wouldn't want someone trying to change me, so why would I change my hair!??! I love it as it is!"
9. I've witnessed many women cutting their hair short around 40 or 50 years old, so I figured why not cut mine now and when I'm that age I'll have a head full of long, healthy, beautiful hair. My goal is to have it long and strong and to not cut it anymore but just trim it regularly.
10. My husband loves my hair short! :o)
curlyxPOP aka Izzy : )
"10 Reasons Why I Love Being Natural"
1.No one, and I mean NO ONE, is natural like me. Not to knock those with straight hair, or relaxed hair, but it essentially all looks the same - just straight hair. I love knowing that natural hair comes in a multitude of types, curls, colors, etc. No one in the world has my springy coils, my wavy edges, or my crazy bits of hair that want to just stick out EXACTLY like I do. I love being natural because I love knowing that I am 100% unique!
2. Natural is BEAUTIFUL! There is something about natural hair that is inherently GORGEOUS! The mass of thick coils and springs are exotic and beautiful. Heads full of loose, glossy curls are awe-inspiring. Natural hair instant adds effortless style to any woman, making her seem confident and beautiful; makes it look like she doesn't even have to work half as hard to look as good as she does. 😉
3. I love the freedom! I no longer have to worry about wrapping my hair at night, avoiding the pool, getting caught in the rain... none of that! Now, I can sweat, swim, and sleep however I like without worrying about mussing up my 'do because to look fly again, all I need to do is cowash and fluff with my fingers and voila! Fly in no time flat!
4. The knowledge that comes with being natural is priceless. Becoming natural really opens up your eyes to a lot of myths that are perpetrated in the black hair community. I now know that I can wash my hair as often as I like without worrying about it "falling out." I now that I can stretch a relaxer and that a relaxer will NOT keep my hair from falling out (really, what kind of craziness is THAT?). And I now know that I can use "white people" products - who cares who it's made for as long as it works?! And I'm learning to really embrace myself and the hair God blessed me with. 🙂
5. The CONFIDENCE! Ever since I decided to go natural, my confidence has been through the roof! I hold my head up a little higher, I smile a lot more, I walk with pride. I don't know what it is about being natural, but I feel sexy, confident, and beautiful! I've become a lot more forward, I talk to strangers about their hair, and I feel so stylish with my BC! And to me, this confidence, which I was sorely lacking before, is priceless.
6. The plethora of hair products! When I was relaxed, I was scared to try new products and really experiment with them. I was looking for a hair miracle in a bottle and if it didn't deliver on the first use, I would just chuck it. Now that I'm natural, I want to try so many products! This probably isn't too good for my pockets, but I'm loving ordering new products and trying them out to see what my twa loves (or doesn't love, as the case may be sometimes).
7. There are just some hairstyles that only a natural can pull off the best. When I was relaxed, I was allergic to styles like braids, twists, etc. For some reason, I just didn't like them - I didn't think they would look good or me or I wanted to look a certain way. But have you ever seen two-strand twists on a natural? GORGEOUS! So thick, moisturized, and luscious! And there are so many styles - if I wanted to wear it in a bun one day, I can, and if I want it straight the next, no problem! I can really do anything with my natural hair. The versatility is amazing.
8. I was surprised to learn that with naturalness came acceptance of self. It was, surprisingly, an introspective time and my BC symbolized all the old aspects of myself that I wanted to do away with. I wanted to become a new, better person and ever since I cut my hair, only a month ago, I can already see the changes. I am a lot more nicer, considerate, honest, responsible, outgoing, and mature than I used to be. And it may be foolish to think so, but I think that accepting my natural hair has also helped me to accept myself as a person.
9. The camaraderie! I notice that it's a lot easier to talk to or approach a fellow natural than it is to approach someone who is relaxed. I don't know why this is, but I love it!
10. And finally, I love being natural because I love BEING ME! 🙂
Here are some responses from the others that I really enjoyed as well! Be sure to share this post with any people who are on the fence about going natural : )
-Freedom from being an Affirm, Cream of Nature, Mizani relaxer junkie!(lilsisa427)
- Got a physical check up everything came up healthy except my hair (lilsisa427)
- $3,360 bucks back in my back pocket ($25 each week for one year for weekly maintenance of permed hair paid to beautician, $45 dollars every 8-10 weeks for the poison, 5dolla tip!)(lilsisa427)
- I have joined a movement that will force the black hair car industry to re-evaluate hair care products which in my opinion is long overdue (lilsisa427)
- To go against the grain of society who tells us that straight hair is better than natural hair, that our natural hair is "slave hair" when in actuality it is healthier with the right management. Which will undo some of the brainwashing that "Society" has done in the African American, Black community. We as black people have proven them wrong countless times, we can still do it by changing our attitudes and loving ourselves..it will help me to appreciate the Natural beauty that has come from the hands of God the Creator, because when he made me and all man, we are in HIS image, in HIS likeness and we are Good. So why change that? (Babymck09)
- I always wanted to wear my hair in an afro for years. When I see a woman with an afro, I see strength and pride. (Babymck09)
- I LOVE curly hair. i pay to get mine chemically relaxed, then go home and spray it and set it in rollers and sit under the dryer to get it curly... what??? why do all those damaging processes when my hair is curly in its natural state? (gozosa1980)
- Because I’ll be going away to college in less than a week and I don’t want to have to worry about my next touch-up when there are bigger things to worry about. Oh and $80 trips to the salon on a college student’s budget? I think not! (KessieA09)
- Because I refuse to be afraid of water! I hate coming from the beach with my hair looking a stringy mess. I want to feel like dancing, instead of running, when it starts to rain =D (KessieA09)
- Because I think it’s sad that I have no idea how the hair that grows out of my own head feels or looks. (KessieA09)
- CONFIDENCE! (A YouTube subscriber)
- The natural look gives me a sense of pride in myself and my heritage. (A YouTube subscriber)
Chicas, feel free to add on to this list. Let's keep this hype about being natural going...it deserves it! : )