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After one month of having completely natural hair, I have learned more and more about myself, how people perceive me, and how to care for my hair in its natural state.

Although I doubted whether or not I could pull off an extremely short haircut, I went through with the big chop without tears or hesitation.  And I was somewhat nervous to wear my short, coily hair in public, but I quickly overcame my fear.  Chopping most of my hair off and publicly showing my teeny weeny afro has definitely added to my self-confidence.

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I’ve realized that if I emit confidence, others will respond in a generally positive way.  People are attracted to the portrayal of strength and character; they admire it, regardless of how bold or crazy the hair, makeup, or clothes one wears.  So not worrying about what others think has actually resulted in numerous compliments from friends, family, and strangers, which further encourage me in my natural hair journey.

One month in, I have settled into a hair regimen that is simple, yet effective.  By researching products and practices, I was able to adopt an easy routine that works well for me.  I wash and condition my hair every 2-3 days.  Afterward, I use a leave-in conditioner, essential oils, and a moisturizer to nourish my kinky, curly hair.  Some days, I apply styling gel to wet hair to provide extra curl definition.

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Overall, I have no regrets, and I am happy with my decision to grow naturally textured hair.  Though I can’t wait for my hair to grow longer, I am enjoying the ease, compliments, and self-assurance that come with my short and natural hair.

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