Things I Wish I Knew Before Going Natural

Things I Wish I Knew Before Going Natural

While preparing for my blog I ran across a lot of women who loved the wide variety of natural hair care tips that are now available compared to years ago.  However, some also believe many bloggers and vloggers neglect the frustrating things and hardships experienced in order to achieve natural hair success.  While it’s great to showcase the beautiful end results, some people also want to know ok …what did you have to go through to get there!?  Below are a few thoughts on my natural hair journey and things I wish I’d known before going natural. Enjoy!

1. My hair probably won’t look like Tracee Ellis Ross no matter how many products I try.

Upon considering ditching my relaxer in 2008, I knew very little information about the amazing variety of natural hair textures.  So of course, I’d seen a few girls here and there and idolized over Tracee Ellis Ross, as I’m sure many of us have.  After a little more time and research getting to know my strands and testing different products, I came to the realization my hair texture will in fact not look like Tracee’s but take on a whole other life of its own, which I actually love.  While transitioning don’t wish for someone else’s hair texture because ultimately you will just frustrate yourself.  Instead, focus on what works for your texture and overall hair health.  You will find in no time your transitioning journey will flourish.

2. I still have to worry about the weather and the rain.

Another misconception about natural hair: “I can finally go out in the rain without panicking!” Wrong, well kinda.  There are plenty of days where I freely venture outside and not worry one bit about the little mist in the air on a rainy day.  However, if that rainy day is also partnered with humidity then goodbye amazing twist-out and hello big hair puff!   As a result, I definitely double check the weather depending on a certain style I want to wear on a particular day.

3. The time spent taking care of my hair will increase…BIG TIME.

I’m not going to sugar coat this.  Natural hair is a lot of work!  If you are transitioning or considering going natural be prepared to dedicate a little more time giving your strands some TLC.   Naturally curly hair is prone to be dryer simply because the natural oils your body produce works a little harder traveling along the twists and turns of your hair, from the scalp to your ends.   As a result, you will and should spend more time ensuring your hair is properly moisturized daily.  Leave in conditioner will and should also be your best friend!  In addition to battling dryness I had no idea the amount of time I would spend paying special attention to properly detangling my hair, researching and purchasing products and testing new styles.  Let’s just say it is definitely an adventure until you’ve mastered a solid regime.

4. Failing to plan, is a plan to fail.

The last and most useful thing I wish I knew before going natural is that planning is sooo important.  I definitely thought I would be able to hop in the shower, wash my hair and course go!  However, I was faced with a harsh reality when that did not happen.  As I mentioned in a previous post, don’t be fooled by the name “wash & go”  and don’t be discouraged if your hair isn’t able to do exactly that.  Just plan ahead if you want to rock that style.  Similar to other things in life, failing to plan is a plan to fail.  Want a gorgeous twist-out for a big day, twist your hair and allow sufficient time for the hair to COMPLETELY dry for best results…something else I’ve had to learn the hard way.

What are some things you wish you would have known before going natural?

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Charlene Walton
Charlene Walton

Charlene Walton McCraney is a Dallas beauty and lifestyle blogger. After years of styling her and several friends’ hair as a hobby, offering advice and tips, she decided to combine two of her favorite things…writing and talking about natural hair! was created to promote healthy hair care for women of all textures and has since evolved into other beauty and lifestyle topics. Charlene loves teaching other aspiring bloggers on how to take their passion and turn it into amazing content to provide value.

Charlene is a previous beauty contributor to,, and

When she’s not blogging she is probably crunching numbers as a Senior Financial Analyst, dancing or figuring a way to meet Beyonce in person. :)

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  1. Deidre
    November 13, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    Yes to all of these!! Except maybe #3 because I am hair lazy haha. I can’t imagine how awesome my hair might look if I actually took care of it! I think something else that goes along with the first one is don’t think a product that someone else LOVES is going to have the same results on your hair. And also, don’t think just because it has an expensive price tag and a fancy label that it’s going to work. my go to conditioner is Aussie Moise- less than $5 for the giant bottle lol. Love this post!

  2. Charlene Walton
    November 13, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    Yes! That’s another great point, products definitely react differently. I keep hearing great things about Aussie Moist…gotta try it out. Thanks so much for commenting!

  3. Anonymous
    November 13, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    I wish I had let you experiment with my hair for a natural look before you left 🙁

  4. Ashley
    December 30, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    I have been trying to go natural for the best two years but officially stopped using heat since August. Since August I have been doing protective styles such as sew ins and crochet braids. I was just wondering about how long will it take to be “natural”. I have also started donig more conditioning on my hair to bring back the moisture.

    • Charlene Walton
      December 31, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Hi! Everyone’s growth rate is different so there’s no set amount of time. Once all of your relaxer is gone or grown out you’re technically “natural”. 🙂

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