How To Boost Your Natural Hair Confidence
So you just did the big chop and are facing your true texture for the first time in years. Or maybe coworkers have been asking why you “did that” to your hair. Or your man told you, again, how much he misses your long, straight, “pretty” strands.
Your confidence is shot.
I get it. Between unsupportive friends and family, adjusting to your look, and caring for a new texture, wearing your natural hair can do a number on your confidence…but only if you let it.
It’s time for you to strut your stuff with the best of them. Use these tips and boost your natural hair confidence today.
Stop comparing your hair to everyone else’s
I mention this first because it’s the #1 confidence killer. As Mark Twain once said, comparison is the death of joy.
Yes, your cousin’s curls are poppin’. Yes, your neighbor’s dreads are phenomenal. Yes, Tracee Ellis Ross’ hair should have a monument. But guess what? You deserve one, too.
It’s OK to admire a beautiful head of hair. Just realize that you have one as well. Love your hair. Embrace it. Accept what it can and cannot do and give it the affection it deserves.
Surround yourself with like minded people
The last thing you need when trying to build your natural hair confidence is someone stomping all over it. Unfortunately, our loved ones are often the culprits. What they consider well-meaning advice and “suggestions” can break you down bit-by-bit.
That’s why it’s important to seek out support wherever you can. Hang out more often with that friend who adores your hair. Visit natural hair websites. Join a forum. Go to meetups and natural hair events. Your don’t have to take this trip alone. Find someone to ride along with you.
Do your research
It’s simple: The more you know about your hair the better you can take care of it, the better it looks, and the better you feel. Experiment and find what works for you. And be sure to watch out for bandwagons. Just because everyone else is doing/using it doesn’t mean you should.
Also learn more about natural hair in general. The more informed you are, the better you can respond to confidence crushing remarks and comments.