How Going Natural (Again) Is Different The Second Time Around

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Black mother styling hair of daughter on staircase

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Different motivation

I decided to transition the first time around for a few reasons. I was fed up with my flat, overprocessed relaxed hair. I wanted my hair to be more voluminous. I had just lost my job and going natural seemed more cost-effective than going to the salon three to four times per month. Finally, I was very curious to see what my natural hair was like. The second transition was triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic; however, my motivation to stick with it after the smoke cleared has been my daughter. I want her to love her natural hair as she grows and develops an awareness of it. One of the biggest statements that I can make about the beauty of natural hair is by being natural myself.

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