Whether you have coily, kinky or curly locks the natural hair movement is a positive community when it comes to embracing natural hair. The movement has taken the UK and the rest of the world by storm as more and more individuals say goodbye to damaging hair habits and hello to their amazing natural hair. But, we understand that gaining your confidence is going to take some time.
Here are 5 top tips to help you build confidence so you can wear your natural hair with pride.
1. Learn how to look after your natural hair
If you haven’t been taking good care of your natural texture it’s going to take a little while to get back on track, but the end results are definitely worth it. Remember that your hair journey is very personal so what works for somebody else might not work for you and that’s okay as a little trial and error will help you get to know your curls. Focus on improving your hair’s health. Moisture, good quality products and cutting out heat are all essential hair care tips and by learning how to look after your hair it will start to look healthy which will make you feel more confident.
Check out our latest blog on natural hair journeys for more details.
2. Schedule time to wear your natural hair out
It’s completely normal to feel nervous about wearing your hair out especially at work or in front of friends that have never seen your natural texture. Why not ease yourself in? Instead of going cold turkey, use weekends as your time to gain confidence rocking your fro or extend the time between hairdresser visits. Practice new styles that make you feel confident - these can also protect your hair too. The natural hair community is all over YouTube and Instagram so finding tutorials is easier than ever. Little by little, as you learn more about your hair and get used to caring for your texture, you’ll feel more comfortable wearing your hair out.
3. Experiment with natural hair extensions
When you are starting out on your natural hair journey you can feel self-conscious about how thin or short your hair is. Remember, you have to take small steps in the right direction. Natural hair extensions can be a great way to provide the length and thickness you desire while you wait for your natural hair to grow out, that way you aren’t tempted to use straighteners! It can seem a little strange at first when you’re so used to seeing your hair straight, but natural hair extensions can be a great transition and soon enough it will feel completely normal.
Are you interested in natural hair extensions? Read our blog on why clip-in extensions are the best protective style to transition to natural hair.
4. Follow people on social media who inspire you
Starting your natural hair journey goes beyond just improving the condition of your hair, it’s also about changing your thoughts and feelings towards your afro. Although it is certainly getting better, the representation of women wearing their natural hair in the media is still few and far between but social media is a great way of building a community that makes you feel good. Follow people that share positive images every day. Seeing them embracing and loving their
natural hair texture will inspire you to wear your hair in its more natural state and feel positive about doing so.
5. Be kind and patient with yourself
Self-love is everything so don’t beat yourself up if you’re anxious about wearing your hair natural. Many of us have felt the pressure to conform to Eurocentric beauty standards and after a long time of wearing weaves or straightening your hair, these feelings won’t disappear overnight. Be kind and take baby steps so you aren’t overwhelmed and your natural hair journey is enjoyable. Slowly but surely you will gain the confidence to wear your natural hair out a bit more and maybe you will get to the point where your natural hair is out all the time!
So, what are you waiting for? Give these five tips a go and rock your fro with confidence! Don’t forget to keep up to date with our blog page for essential hair care tips and advice!