Top Ten Reasons I Love My Natural Hair

Showing off my dreadlocks! Photo courtesy of Carmen Medina.

Good hair means curls and waves
Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century
Its time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off
Like a South African beauty
Or get in on lock
Like Bob Marley
You can rock it straight
Like Oprah Winfrey
If it’s not what’s on your head
Its what’s underneath

-India.Arie “I Am Not My Hair”

As a young woman of color, I have had a million different hairstyles: relaxed or permed, a Jheri curl, a short Afro and box braids.  Now I have dreadlocks and I love them. Having dreadlocks has given me a new sense of confidence and I feel very comfortable in my own skin. While some women chop off their relaxed hair, I decided to transition to natural.  The transition process was long because I let my natural hair grow out and slowly cut off the relaxed hair so I could maintain length. While making the decision to go natural is a big one, I am an advocate of natural hair.  These are the top ten reasons why I love being natural:

  1. You can get caught in the rain without an umbrella and you don’t have to worry that your hair will get ruined.
  2. You can go to the gym without the fear of “sweating” anything out.

    A picture of me with braids, before I went natural. Photo courtesy of Carmen Medina

  3. Your hair starts great conversations.
  4. You gain confidence.
  5. Your hair grows.
  6. Being unique is contagious! Being natural shows other women how great it looks and might consider doing it themselves!
  7. It’s inexpensive.
  8. It’s easy to maintain.
  9. It’s healthy.
  10. You feel free!

Do you have natural hair? We’d love to hear about your decision to ditch the relaxer and the weave in the comments.

by Carmen Medina

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