When I started my natural hair journey over 27 years ago it was not hip or trending in social media. It was downright weird and got strange looks. I'd had my share of bouts with beauty salon burn in keeping the relaxer on beyond its recommended straightening time. Afterall, if 15 minutes made it straight then 30 minutes would keep it straight, I reasoned ... WRONG. More time meant a head that felt like it was on fire, tears and weeks of soreness and scabs. What us women did to try to so-called look good in the eyes of society. Thankfully, the monthly payout depleted my funds so quickly it caused me to question the practicality and sustainability of this painful exercise. And let us not forget the terror invoked should rain touch the crown, the expensive hairstyle vanished instantly. So "how do you go natural" you ask?
How to go Natural?
I love this quote found in the book, "Naturally Going Natural",
We don't go Natural, we return Natural, it is where we all began." - Unknown
When researching the latest books on the topic for this post, I was excited to come across, "Naturally going Natural" by Marissa Atiya. Follow Ms Atiya on Instagram at @naturallygoingnatural to see her super long tresses. She has been natural all her life which to me meant she was a pro and was in this for the long haul. Her 76 page book is a concise and easy-to-follow instruction set that makes hair type, porosity, and LOC method all understandable particularly for the beginner. If you want the express version of her guide, she even has a "Quick Guide" in the back. I highly recommend this book just published May 19, 2020.
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Enjoy Your Journey!