New ‘Do, New You: The New Naturalista’s Road Map To Confidence
Going natural is a totally new experience that can either boost or deflate your confidence. When natural hair is a new look for you, there can be uncertainty at the beginning because you’re not at ease or as comfortable with it.
To feel excited about your new ‘do, you have to let yourself get comfortable. It’s hard to fake being super secure from the start, but you can grow your confidence as your newly natural hair grows. We all want to be the woman with the wild, lush afro, pounding the pavement like it’s nobody’s business. Well, here are a few ways you can empower yourself and increase your self-confidence in your new hair.
Reclaim Your Sexy
Believe that your newly natural hair is sexy and alluring, because it is! Think of the characteristics you love about your hair. Maybe it’s perpetually frizz-free, super shiny, or perfectly coiled. Style your hair in ways that play up its greatness. Use those positive traits to give yourself an air kiss and a pep talk in the mirror each morning.
When you’re doing something new, you’re bound to get tons of compliments. When you do, accept them graciously and avoid the urge to respond with a self-depreciating comment. Allow yourself to enjoy the positive statements and shout-outs because they’re well-deserved.
Increase Your Styling And Hair Care Knowledge
There’s no secret formula to speed up the process of learning to care for your hair. YouTube videos are a great crash course, but you’ll have to learn through trial and many errors. While you’re gaining hair care know-how, practice crafting a signature style. And, be gentle with yourself. Notice your small wins. Every ‘overnight’ success is made of many small wins stacked one on top of the other. Plus, when you do discover a new tip or technique that helps you, it feels great to pass on the tidbit to the next new naturalista.
Do Things To Feel Like Your ‘Regular, Normal Self’
Here’s an activity to try: Take some time out to put on your favorite clothes. Notice how different each outfit looks with your hair. Think of different accessories you can add or fresh ways you can layer your clothing in order to enhance the look. There might be a dress you’ve stored away that all of a sudden takes on an increased level of chic-ness with your new ‘do. Test yourself and your style to see what works and what might need to be improved upon. While part of you will miss the “old you,” remember to embrace the evolution of your appearance. Don’t overthink it, because sooner, rather than later, you’ll end up happier each day with the way you look.
You can definitely boost your confidence in your newly natural look. Give yourself the permission to be sexy. Be kind to yourself while learning a new process, and embrace the change of the updated look. You’ll be a woman of exponentially increased confidence before you know it.