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    I've notice that since becoming a natural hair freak(nov 04). I have started taking care of my body and mind too. I know it might sound cliche but, it's true. I swear my whole outlook on life has changed. I didn't see why I should focus so much attention on my hair and not the rest of me. I have become what I consider a bit of a hippie I don't put any chemicals(not that I know of) in or on my body anymore. I only go to organic markets, no more processed stuff even my cats(2) don't eat processed food anymore. I have started walking to and from work 1/2hr each way. I think I'm even calmer now. I could list the positive changes going natural has done for me forever but I won't. I'm I just odd or has anyone one else noticed changes in their lives since becoming natural???

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    I've notice that since becoming a natural hair freak(nov 04)....

    I feel some what of a similar change within myself that you do. I've been natural since jan 05, but just in the past 2 months, i've really been paying attention to not only my hair, but my body, other peoples bodies and hair. I had to lose weight for my job, and once i hit that goal, i've been doing it for myself and really paying attention to what and when and where i eat. not on the organic food, but just paying attention. I find myself constantly trying to talk friends and family members to stay away from chemical treatments for their hair and they just don't feel me. Is this wrong? : I find myself looking down on those with chemicals still in their hair, just like they used to look down on me when I went natural. It's weird.

    But I have noticed a change within myself. I know i'm obsessed with my hair!!

    Glad to know someone is having similar feelings.

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    I stopped eating pork and shellfish; already didn't eat beef; lowered my chicken and lamb intake; shop at the co-op or whole foods for organic stuff; already didn't drink soda; stopped eating at restaurants so much; and recently started doing yoga, which is kicking my butt! However, I do still enjoy the occassional alcoholic beverage.

    For me, these changes were part of the reasons why I stopped r.elaxing.

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    I went natural in January 05, and I think I can relate to what you are going through. In June I decided to stop drinking and I haven't had an alcoholic drink since. I hardly wore any makeup but over the past 12 months I have gone completely natural (all I wear is lip balm on my lips and coconut oil on my face, and that's it!!!). I think once you decide to have natural hair it makes sense to look at other areas of you life and make some changes. For me the next and final step is my weight, which is something that I have battled with for a while. I credit all these changes that I have been going through to that one decision that I made to go natural.

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    I am interested in more unrefined/unprocessed foods, I go to the whole foods market more than I used to. I also swear by shea butter, I don't have any body lotion in my house anymore! I have also started using black soap for my face instead of all these expensive face washes. I also exfoliate my skin more.

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    I' ve noticed since I went natural (Apr. 05) that I am open to all the possilbities. I no longer feel the need to look a certain. Its all about me and I loving me is something that I am jsut beginning to understand.

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    I' ve noticed since I went natural (Apr. 05) that...

    Are you in my brain? I think you are in my brain because I was going to have almost an exact answer to yours... I didn't realize how much my hair was holding me back from experiecing.

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    And here i was thinkin' i was the only one who thought since I bcame completely natural via bc on July 13th 05 after transitioning for 3 mos that it had changed not only my hair but my mindset. I have definetly paid a lot more attention to my body, the foods i eat and even taking my vitamins like i should. my becoming natural has boost my self esteem and confidence in just being who God made me to be and I love it.

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    I' ve noticed since I went natural (Apr. 05) that...

    No, Threesixty, Truesugar was not in your brain because she was in mine! (Great minds do think alike, after all! ;-) All I know is that I am finally becoming more comfortable with who I am and what I believe in. I am embracing all of the possibilities and my outlook on just about everything has become more positive.

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    Yep! I've become more focused on other things in general. I've also gotten more into natural health and healing solutions/products not just in essential oils, but in foods also, and grew an interest in alternative natural cleansing products in my home as well as for my body. I've also grown more of an interest in vitamins and exercise also. I think as a person, I am feeling much happier these days, wiser, more natural, healthier, and more true to myself. I feel even more serious as well as more confident in who I am as a black woman. I think changing the way I wear my hair also had a lot to do with changing many views I once had about what beauty is, isn't, and what it's supposed to be.

    Honestly, I don't think I was ever really happy nor satisfied inside as a permed head because I felt it wasn't who I truly was on the outside nor on the inside no matter how many compliments I got for my permed hair, or hair color I might have used . To be honest, I just felt, well, fake. That's just me though. Going natural and staying that way, I've found I've never been more happier, nor felt more free, more honest with myself, nor more positive about my decision. I know it's hard to believe, but yes, my going natural has really done all that and more. It has really helped to enhance the positivity that was already there in me.

    ~Moonlight

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    As I said earlier, I love this new transformation i'm going thru. But in many ways I still feel enslaved by society. I'm in the military, and I just hate the fact that I have to wear a wig to work now. I know that everything is supposed to be "uniform", but I just feel like they cant't handle my natural self and I have to look a certain way to be accepted. Now don't get me wrong, it's not my branch of service or any other branch, it's my command i'm currently at. I hate every night that i come to work with this wig the stares and snickers I get when the people their just saw me 2 weeks ago with my natural hair. True I could have picked a better wig , but that's not the point. I sit here night after night just miserable. As soon as I change for PT in the mornings I snatch that damn thing off and feel so much better.(only have to wear wig in uniform)
    My personal life and self esteem has greatly improved since my transition, but I just get so angry because i have to deal with the rules, or either be homeless. :Angry_boese008:
    My supervisor and other co-workers (none of which are of color) ask why don't i just straighten or cut my hair again, no big deal. I've tried to explain the many reasons to them, but now I say f*** it!
    So even though i'm feeling much better about myself away from work, I feel degraded with this wig on and singled out.

    Any advice?

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    Ive definitely grown as through my natural journey (was even doing that when I decided to transition for a year)....my decision to natural was a conscious one that reflected a shift in personal, political, spiritual, emotional, and psychological views and perspectives....i'm so grateful, i've become so much more aware of so many aspects of truly living that I hadn't before, i've lost over 120 lbs and gained a whole new respect for my physical well-being on so many levels...

    yeah...defintiely been some changes since my sophomore year of college!!

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    Ive definitely grown as through my natural journey (was even doing that when I decided to transition for a year)....my decision to natural was a conscious one that reflected a shift in personal, political, spiritual, emotional, and psychological views and perspectives....i'm so grateful, i've become so much more aware of so many aspects of truly living that I hadn't before, i've lost over 120 lbs and gained a whole new respect for my physical well-being on so many levels...

    yeah...defintiely been some changes since my sophomore year of college!!

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    Well I just did the big chop a month ago and I can definitely say that going natural has changed me. This has seriously been a humbling experience. I am used to be that girl that everyone wants to talk walking down the street whatever now the brothers barley look at me. Never knew my hair had so much to do with it. But its ok though I am going to stick it out! I refuse to process ever again!

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    since starting my transition journey, i have grown a lot, and i love it. I am more aware of my body, health, as well as my hair. I'm glad I have this site to come to for that extra boost.

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    I just checked out your weight loss journal and I have to give you your props, your journey is amazing!!!!!!! It is so inspiring. You look wonderful.

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    At some point in my early natural days (about two years in) I became a vegetarian and was into organic everything. One year later I went to Burger King and it was all over with the vegetarianism and two years later I eased off the organic everything. Since then (it's been four years) I have done nothing more than live simply- my m.o. since I was a kid. One thing that changed almost the same day that I decided to grow my hair out- I no longer felt the need to be afrocentric. I kind of felt oposite from other girls I knew later on to go natural but that's just what it ended up meaning to me.

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    The biggest lesson that going natural has taught me is SELF ACCEPTANCE. Embracing my hair in its natural glory has filtered over into other areas about myself that I was not readilly embracing before.
    Yes my hair is nappy . . . and I love it that way.
    Ok so i'm not a size 6 anymore . . . but at least now I've got a booty.
    Yea my feet are big . . . it helps me keep my balance
    and the best one of all . . . yes i do have a big forehead . . . and NO I DONT have to wear bangs anymore.

    I read somewhere that rejecting any part of yourself is like rejecting God's wisdom when He made us. He doesn't make mistakes.

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    bringing back my natural hair has made me concious about what i eat, drink, my active life, and acceptance of my funny features. i work out regularly, drink more water and am finally diggin my thick brows and sibeburns, bronze skin, and high cheekbones. for a while i thought i looked funny b/c my features are so sharp...but with my natural hair...it all seems to make sense!

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    My goodness I thought I was crazy because I've been going through the same changes. I've just been learning to love myself and to really take care of it. I am also grateful to know that I am unique and I love that. I don't have to conform to what others deem as beautiful cuz I already am. It's just up to me to let it shine through, starting with my hair.

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    I read somewhere that rejecting any part of yourself is...

    So feelin' you on this...

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    As I said earlier, I love this new transformation i'm...

    ADVICE: Pull out the regs and call them on it. How are you wearing your hair? If it meets regs, then they shouldn't have anything to say. If they consider it faddish, challenge them how hair that grows naturally out of your head can be considered faddish? Ask them if the white girls with their straight or curly hair growing naturally out of their heads is considered faddish. I would go to the IG if they seriously started tripping. If it's not colored crazy with zig zag parts or going past a certain length, it can't be faddish. Now dreds...I'm not sure about. I think that may be getting put in the regs in my branch, or an addendum or something. I am not familiar with the Navy. But I know if MY hair were meeting regs, they could kiss my A$$.

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    As I said earlier, I love this new transformation i'm...

    I have never heard of the military not allowing natural hair. As long as it is not hanging down your back, I would call a lawyer. Remember a few years ago braid were not allowed in some workplaces. You just might be the one to call them on it and have it changed.

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    I am interested in more unrefined/unprocessed foods, I go to...

    u 2!?!? whole foods is my home away from home for food and skin care......shea butter is the best for skin and hair care

    plus, i use dr. bronners magic soap for body wash (mixed with glycerin, water and 1 or 2 essential oils)...

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    This website made the journey so much easier the second time around. It's so nice to see i'm not the only one that has had a total lifestyle makeover. Going natural has been such a positive experience. I have really learned to truly love myself for the first time ever. I'm still the same person but, I know myself now and take better care of myself Isn't it so weird that hair can have such an effect on a persons mind set??

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    I, too, have become more aware about health and wellness since going natural. The most important lesson that I've learned is that simplicity is best. Nowadays, I screen everything that I put in or on my body, no joke! This has been a truly liberating experience for me and it happened at the right time in my life. I'm grateful for all that I've learned and hope to spread the joy with others in my life as well.

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    Becoming natural has changed more than just my hair. My view of this society has and is changing. It seems like my eyes and ears are more open to what's REALLY going on around me. My view or definition of beauty/sexy has begun to change. I'm not quick to associate being beautiful or sexy with having long straight hair. I'm learning to accept Batyah for who she is and to stop trying to be like someone else. I'm also learning to be patient! During my transition (since March 2005), I'm anxious to have my long hair back so that I can pull it back into a ponytail. <_<

    Research research research....I'm always reading any article I can get my hands on about good hair products for natural hair and tips on natural hair care!! hairtipsforme has been helpful with that as well as you sistahs!!

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    Quote:Quote: Oct 13 2005, 04:28 AMAs I said earlier, I love...

    thank you ladies. everyone keeps telling me to call them on it and challenge it. check out my pics. I'm starting locs and that's what they have the problem with. I just look dif and I guess they feel i'm calling attention to myself. I don't know!
    but thanks for the advice. I may not even stay in now, and that's a whole other issue.

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