When setting out on your natural hair journey, it can be a difficult and unfamiliar road. To help you stay on track, here are five natural hair resources you may want to look into.
These are especially great to have when you’re just starting out. Most natural hair books will take you from the transitioning phase all the way to the “big chop” and beyond. Many have useful photos for those of you who are more visual and need to see examples of what’s being described. I personally own three: Thank God I’m Natural, If You Love It, It Will Grow and Better Than Good Hair. All are effective in their own way when it comes to dealing with natural hair from slightly different perspectives. I love how, in all three, the authors talk about why and how they began their journeys. That really helps to encourage the reader!
Type in the phrase “natural hair” on YouTube and you’ll find thousands of videos of women doing their hair in their bathrooms or bedrooms giving product suggestions and step-by-step how-to’s. From the really established vloggers to those just starting out, they can all serve as inspiration and can be effective natural hair resources, if you watch with the right attitude. Understanding that everyone’s hair is different (no matter how similar it may look to yours) and that practice makes perfect can help you view with positivity. This resource is for the visual gals who really need to see the steps of a hair style rather than read them.
The really good ones know how to break things down like an old sista-friend and make you feel super comfy. One of my faves is Naptural85. Not only is she knowledgeable but she’s down to earth and explains things in simple terms. You’ll find the ones who you can relate to!
If you’re reading this, you’re obviously into this resource! Besides natural hair websites, though, it doesn’t hurt to check out other types of sites when you see references to certain things. For instance, if an article mentions vitamins or foods that are good for your hair, you may feel the need to get some more info and do some research on a health site.
Among the comments in online forums and blogs, you may find the answer to a question you’ve had or maybe you just wanna vent. You’re sure to find another natural going through the same things or something similar when you’re online!
This may be one of the best natural hair resources to help you stay encouraged on your journey. It always helps to have a support system! It’s fun to share product recommendations and hair style ideas with gal pals. I was fortunate to have a couple of friends in my immediate circle who were already natural who I could turn to for advice, to vent or just bounce some ideas off of. As time went on, others joined me. Hopefully, the same is true for you. If not, what can you do?
Attending natural hair events is a great way to meet others who share your love of the hair you were born with! The larger expo-type events are great but it’s the meet and greets, brunches and dinners where you can make connections in a smaller setting while gaining inspiration and info through hair style demos and product presentations.
Taking advantage of all of these resources doesn’t necessarily mean your journey will be totally stress-free. But, they can help make the road a little less bumpy, a little more interesting and even enjoyable!
Which of these natural hair resources have you used? Which ones have helped you in your journey the most?
Photo credits: essence.com; naturallycurly.com; amazon.com; youtube.com