Saturday, August 28, 2010

Negative comments and natural hair

This was the most difficult phase of my journey. People are people which translates to being very opinionated and sometimes "down right" cruel. The truth is that years ago, I can remember thinking(maybe not saying it) when I saw someone natural "why would someone want to do that?" So I can understand the negative comments to an extent. Natural hair is a world of it's own. If you are not a part of it via "transitioning to natural hair or fully naturally" it is really hard to "get it."

For me it took "going natural" to really appreciate and value natural hair. So the journey in it self helps one to respect others especially when they chose to do something differently from you. This relates to clothes, hair.... Okay back to my original point, once a person has decided to go natural their decision should be respected and hopefully supported. Especially by family, these are the ones that can say and do things that are hurtful. I hear people say, "it doesn't matter what others think, I am doing this for me." That is an awesome attitude to have but I have found that type of thinking takes time to really say that and mean it.

Going natural is such a personal decision and early in my journey I would get comments like "I could never do that" and my reply would be " I did not ask you to." This is something I am doing it is not a "team sport." I think most naturals will agree that you should prepare yourself for the comments and try not to be discouraged. Ladies, this is simply to encourage and support the "naturals." As I have said before, it is one of the best decisions I have made.

Going Natural. Staying Natural. Loving Your Natural Hair.

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