Well, the ones that I've experienced so far at 23 weeks post:
-Not having to schedule a time to get my retouch (I hated going in for that--it would stress me out--did I scratch recently? Will it burn when it get's rinsed out?)
-I can wash my hair more often--when I was relaxing, I would hate to wash my hair because I could never attain the same straightness. Now I don't want to have a straight texture, and shrinkage is my friend--I actually prefer my shrunken ponytails.
-Even with weird looking two textured hair that I wear out, I still get the attention from the guys (they're probably blind though ). I think that being natural (or transitioning in my case) brings out a different impression of me--I think I appear more approachable now that I am with relaxed hair. I think my relaxed hair has been a crutch for me, and each day, I rely on it less and less.
-It's fun--this is the most interest I've given my hair in years! I'm learning so much about my hair and each day discovering something new about what it likes...or doesn't like .
No fear of the rain
I have thin/fine hair and my permed hair looked weak now that im natural my hair is fuller with more volume.
I can scratch my scalp
I can wash n go
I enjoy my hair more now
- If I'm having a bad hair day, no one knows because they aren't sure how my hair is "supposed" to look
- I can be sure to be noticed in any situation
- People find more than my personality highly memorable
- People see my hair and assume that I am highly approachable (I've been told this and I've noticed it)
- It makes me taller! (YEAAAAAAAA!)
- No fear of rain
- No fear of swimming pools/hot tubs/bodies of water in general
- No need for shower caps
- No need for heating appliances
- No fear of burns (curling iron burns on the ears, relaxer burns)
- Scratching! (YEAAAAAAAAA!) *scratch scratch scratch*
I was just talking to my bf about this today. I told him I always wanted curly hair, but didnt know that I had curly hair the whole time because I got my first relaxer at 5. And how its great to be natural.
No more scabs on my scalp after a relaxer.
No more trying to schedule my hair appts. around when I workout.
No longer scared of the outside elements(rain, wind, humidity)
No longer trying to avoid getting my hair wet while in the shower
Just no more pain, I have a sensitive scalp, so any chemicals or braids would hurt.
Being able to sleep on it ...without trying to stay in one spot to not mess it up..
How it feels to me...soft and curly (also how he likes to grab a curl too..wouldn't let him before)
As everyone has mentioned being able to wash it whenever, not running from the rain..being able to sweat !
Being in charge of my hair destiny
HG: WEN Sweet Almond
Oils (jojoba, olive, sapote, carrot)
Kinky curly custard
Blended Beauty (new fave)
I will not chop my hair off in frustration this year. I will not..I promise, no braids, no braids, no chopping.
I love not fighting with my hair every morning, even if I decide to wash or rinse, no big deal!
I love the way my hair feels - so much softer and thicker than it EVER was with a relaxer
I love the newfound health of my hair -- my hair hardly grew with a relaxer, I was a constant wearer of the infamous "T-Boz/Halle Berry cuts"!
I love how my napturality has now encouraged my husband to let his hair grow into a fro now, and he's planning to get twisties later!
I also second Asja's emotion -- i LOVE that I can wear my hair ANYWAY I WANT and no matter what it looks like, nobody says anything because maybe I meant to do that!!!!
This naptural journey has made me love me 100% (not trying to be skinny like everybody else, not following the crowd in the way I dress or things I do, etc). I'm constantly telling my Asian and White (and other African American) friends -- "Love you for you. Live your life like it's Golden!" It's truly been an eye-opening experience.
walking in the rain and not feeling like I am going to melt when water touch it
having my fiance so excited to moisturize my hair
washing my hair whenever I want
not having to worry about heat on my hair
getting lovely head massages from myself and my fiance
having people ask how I get my hair in that style
not caring about humidity
trimming/clipping my own hair
feeling the breeze combing through my curls even the tiny ones.
feeling wilder and bolder
need I go on