We all don’t realize how important it is to have natural hair support until we’re at the point where were transitioning or doing the big chop.
I know that I personally didn’t have support when I was going natural. My mother and father at the time didn’t want me to cut my hair and would tell me how it wouldn’t grow back if I cut it. Regardsless, you might have someone being negative in your ear about your natural hair experience.
It took me awhile to get the courage to do the Big Chop. I’m pretty sure it did for you too. The anxiety of what you will look like and the fear of what’s next.
Back when I did a big chop in 2007, I hardly saw any women with natural hair. I didn’t have support back then which made it a difficult process for me.
Now, that my hair has grown out, I get more support because I’m finally at a place where I hardly ever wear my hair straight anymore. I love to see and amazed at the ladies who take the courage to big chop or make that transitioning process when everyone else around them is saying “Don’t do it”.
When you don’t have that support, here are some things you can do to start building your supportive network.
I know there are social media sites (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, etc.) that have inspiration of other women going natural.
Sometimes for some people, it helps to find your hair crush on social media to keep you going on your journey.
Now this doesn’t mean that you will have the exact same hair as your crush but at least it gives you the motivation to keep going with your natural hair journey.
This is a good place to start when looking at pictures on social media sites to know that you’re not alone in your journey whether you’re in a TWA (teeny weeny afro) stage or transitioning.
One of my favorite place to go is on YouTube with natural vloggers that give detailed description of plenty of your hair care needs no matter what stage you’re in.
Another support system are blogs which give you plenty of information on hair care, natural hair journeys and styling tips.
Blogs give you an extensive amount of information that you can read at any time right at your fingertips. Also, you get to interact with other women who are going through the same struggles you are and are able to help you through them. The best part is you can ask questions and get that one on one support when needed.
When there are days of hair frustration, you can come here or any other blog to get the encouragement you need to get you through those tough times. Or how about the times where you have no idea how to style your hair and need some quick inspiration.
We all go through those days. I know I’m not the only one that had a bad hair day, right! If you need some style inspiration tips try some of these
5 Basic Natural Hair Styles that You Need to Be Doing NOW
Attend Natural Hair Events
I love attending natural hair shows which is why we started creating them ourselves. This is the spot where you can get beautiful natural women all in the same place with informative classes, new or upcoming products and grow your supportive network.
Natural hair shows have great informative classes on how to grow, style and maintain your natural hair.
The best part is knowing about the new and upcoming products. Most of the products that I have used are from black-owned businesses in the natural hair show. These ladies work so hard in all their products and use the show to showcase them to the community.
Lastly, you get to grow your supportive network in the natural hair community. It’s always good to gain friends who can help you through your journey. Of course, you have us but natural hair shows and events help you meet more women and begin to learn from each other. You would be surprised on how many women are willing to help you in your journey. In certain areas, there are also natural hair meetups where natural haired women come together to talk about hair, what they’re using and whatever else there heart desires.
If you get a chance to go to one please do. We have one coming up in Richmond, Virginia but International Natural Hair Meet Day has one going on in 40 cities where you can go to one near you this Saturday. Go here to check it out to see if it’s in a city near you.
Any of these three can give you the support you need if you don’t have any family or friends that support you on your journey.
Since I didn’t have support at the start of my journey, I know when I started going natural all I had to depend on was blogs, social media and natural hair events to get through the journey.
Even with the abundant support I have now, I still do check out these supportive avenues because there’s always new upcoming information that I could learn or a new style that I’m dying to try.
Did you have support when you went Natural? What are some ways you built your supportive network?
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