The decision to leave your well-known way of taking care of your hair is harder than some may actually realize. It may be harder than anything you’ve ever done before and even quite intimidating and and for some, becomes a failed attempt.
When I went natural over 8 years ago it wasn’t a sound decision. I just ‘did it’. I didn’t do any research or go to a salon for advice. I just wore braids, wigs and weaves while using relaxed hair products on my hair. For three years it never dawned on me I may be using improper products as well as improper methods on taking care of my tresses.
My hair was damaged and without any knowledge I was actually doing a BC, I clipped the remaining relaxed ends as well as a TON of damaged hair. I grabbed some hair care products off Target’s shelves that I thought would assist me (they didn’t) and began a REAL Natural hair journey.
I did so many things wrong during those first few months. I had no one to talk to since I didn’t know anybody going Natural. After I soon realized many products at an arm’s grasp weren’t for me; I was on the computer searching for ANYTHING and stumbled across Miss Jessie’s products. There my true journey began.
I’ve since changed gears quite often (along with products and techniques) but the point remains the same…there is support out here whether they are local or across the globe. There is a huge Natural hair community now just ready to help others who are interested in taking the plunge.
I’m sure it’s even harder for older Naturals (such as myself) since it’s more expected to experiment with your hair and style during your college years and during your 20’s. Coming out of your comfort zone in your late 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s can be one of the scariest things you may encounter. Despite that fear, it can be done.
We are here for you naturals,
That is the biggest thing to me. There is a general lack of resources out there for the older, mature natural. Our concerns are a little different from those of the younger generations. However, there are certain basics I can use and modify for my purposes.