Being a black female going from relaxed hair to natural hair has taken some adjustment. Eliminating harmful chemicals that were destroying my hair and damaging my scalp was the best thing I could ever do for myself. Nappy hair (as they call it) is just a more coarse thicker hair that takes a bit more work to style but you learn to love it once you get used to it. If you are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair and want to bring out your natural beauty with nappy hair styles, there are plenty of techniques you can try that will give you the desired result.
Nappy natural hair is not anything to be ashamed of. Relaxing your hair might make it more manageable and easier to style but the relaxer contains very dangerous chemicals that will actually cause more harm than good. For those people who have watched the movie by Chris Rock called “Good Hair” you will have noticed how much black woman have been conditioned to maintain a long, flowing, manageable hair style that would be deemed “acceptable” and beautiful to society. In most workplaces, natural hairstyles are acceptable as long as they are neat in appearance. There are plenty of ways you can create a nappy hair style that looks professional and stylish.
Some of the ways I maintain my natural hair style is with twists, afro or braids. Seeing that natural hair takes a bit longer to style, if I run out of time then I resort to wearing a wig but my preference is twists and I think it looks great and lasts for a good period of time. Dreads is another great style of nappy hair but is a longterm commitment that is not as easy to reverse. Dreadlocks can look very beautiful on many people especially if it is cultured from the beginning. Some people go to a professional hairstylist to get perfect locs. Others might transition from twists to locs by eliminating the combing and brushing of their hair.
Whatever you decide to do to create a natural hairstyle you can live with, you need to know how to properly maintain it and avoid certain styling products and chemicals that will make your hair unhealthy.
By Natasha Slawter