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    58 year old Irish/American native mostly SO here; I've been greatly inspired by YouTube naturalistas in these ways:
    -being "scared" into natural practices by failing hair
    -cutting out heat and chemicals
    -styling/cutting my own hair
    -a matured perception of beauty
    -frustration with not knowing what to do
    -realizing the absolute uniqueness of my particular head of hair
    -it's up to me to figure this out
    -becoming a product junkie till I figure it out
    -less is more
    -what works is probably not mainstream
    -YouTube as a source
    -independence from stylists and opinions of others

    Of course this isn't conclusive or unique to the natural hair community, but it's the way it came to me and I'm eternally grateful.

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    Do you mean "natural" in the sense of using natural products, or "natural" in the sense of no perms no relaxers?
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    I'm talking about those with Afro textured hair who are enjoying/exploiting the characteristics of it

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    If you want to avoid being a "product junkie" I recommend using the old-school hair products. They held through the test of time and a lot of naturalistas are going back to the stuff that their grandmas used like Blue Magic, Pink Lotion, and Queen Helene's cholesterol. They're still around for a reason - because they work. Petrolatum is not your enemy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esfand View Post
    If you want to avoid being a "product junkie" I recommend using the old-school hair products. They held through the test of time and a lot of naturalistas are going back to the stuff that their grandmas used like Blue Magic, Pink Lotion, and Queen Helene's cholesterol. They're still around for a reason - because they work. Petrolatum is not your enemy.
    I agree, though I don't personally use these products anymore but I have.

    The natural hair movement has really changed my life in a way. I would've NEVER grown to love and take care of my hair had it not been for the NHM. I truly am happy to be apart of it and I am grateful for all of the natural hair Youtubers who helped to start it all. Despite some of the negativity that occurs in the natural hair community and some of the negative things people say about us, I am happy that it exists! I'm also happy that a movement like this can inspire people of different backgrounds.

    Blakizbeautyful and Natural85 are my favorite Youtubers and were also the first I discovered in the beginning of my natural hair journey. Who are some of your favorites?
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    I've learned a lot from the natural hair movement too. There's a creativity and focus on self-care and -acceptance that I find very inspiring.

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    Favorite youtubers:
    Naptural85 - like you, honey ❤️, she was my gateway guru
    Efficiently natural
    Moknowshair
    Protective princess
    Nappyheadedjojoba-
    are some of my top favorites

    And to add to my previous list:
    - keeping hair stretched
    - twists as a style
    - washing/conditioning in twists
    - strategic "recycled " parting

    I've adopted these practices in my unique SO method;
    Twisting my hair as I preen is gentle, effective and efficient

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    I might not have afro-textured hair, but it took me a few decades to get used to my natural wavy hair as well. I hope this thread is for us too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proo View Post
    Favorite youtubers:
    Naptural85 - like you, honey ❤️, she was my gateway guru
    Efficiently natural
    Moknowshair
    Protective princess
    Nappyheadedjojoba-
    are some of my top favorites

    And to add to my previous list:
    - keeping hair stretched
    - twists as a style
    - washing/conditioning in twists
    - strategic "recycled " parting

    I've adopted these practices in my unique SO method;
    Twisting my hair as I preen is gentle, effective and efficient
    I do my preening as I plait/braid my hair. I find it relaxing.
    Kay , BSL > MBL > Waist > Hip

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    I am glad more black women around the world are embracing their natural texture and sharing the info! I went natural back in the late 90s due to being tired of getting my hair done; 2002 was the last time I had my hair straightened. Queen Helene's Cholesterol Conditioner, Johnson's Baby Shampoo, and a vent brush were my staples... and my hair stay 5-6" long doing that. I only wish that I had searched for the hair forums and blogs back then. Motowngirl was my first stop.

    I have learned so much about hair and overall health. So many have taken risks in order to see if either this product, that supplement, or these hair tools actually work. Vendors started paying attention and finally made products catering to that niche market. It was so exciting watching regular people start their natural hair companies from the ground up and being a willing guinea pig to try their wares (Oyin, Njoy, Qhemet, and Anita Grant to name a few).

    YouTube tutorials took things to the next level, especially when it became more mobile friendly. That "curl definition" craze was a dark period; I still see comments from type 4s who wished they had curly hair. Finally seeing supercoilies embrace and show off their quirks and kinks after 2014 did my heart good.

    I confess. I would love to see relaxers, curly perms, wigs and weaves become a sometimes thing or a rarity. I just hope the next generation will keep things moving in a positive direction so that this hair will become so commonplace that no one bats an eye when they see it.
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