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By Martine Foreman of JustDiva
I’ve always said that the decision to go natural is a very personal one, and it’s a decision you have to do in your own time… when you are ready. No one can rush you into that process. After all, you have to look in the mirror everyday and the hope is that you feel good about what you see.
However, I have recently had a series of conversations, and I’ve realized that maybe this decision to transition to my natural state is much bigger than I am. Maybe there are reasons to go natural that I never truly considered.
The more I thought about this the more I realized that, indeed, going natural isn’t just about me. There are some pretty compelling reasons to transition that have nothing to do with how you feel personally. Based on my personal transitioning experience I can tell you, for sure, although you do it for yourself (and you should), turns out that it’s not just about you.
Stronger Relationships Something about going natural forces you to think about other areas of your life where you might want to consider being your true self. And, when you are true to who you are, the people around you benefit because your relationships with them are more authentic.
Being a Role Model Whether you have children or not, our girls are watching you. They look to us to determine what is beautiful, healthy and strong. Going natural can send a message that not only are you fine, but you are beautiful, just the way God made you. That message can do wonders for a girl’s self-esteem.
Worldview Despite the fact that times have changed, there is still this European image of beauty that lives among us. When a Black woman rocks her natural hair, and she does it with confidence it shows the world that black is beautiful, without being modified to fit some societal image of beauty. It’s a powerful message.
For the Brothers Some black men have hesitations about their lady going natural. But, from what I have witnessed in my own life and with women I know, they quickly learn to appreciate the beauty of our hair in its natural state. Transitioning shows our men that there is a lot more that makes us shine than our hair, so no matter what it looks (and feels) like, we are still fly.
The Environment Women with natural hair tend to be very conscious about what goes in their hair – more so than women with relaxed hair. That consciousness usually results in buying products that are more natural, and a lot better for our earth. Who knew that you could make an environmental stand with the way you choose to wear and care for your hair?