No matter how secure you are in your decision to go natural, there will always be some old raggedy trolls there to throw shade on your natural hair game. We refer to them as "hair haters". There are many forms of hair hateration but I'll discuss the first type in this post (labeled Part 1).
Now, I'm sure many can relate and have experienced hair hateration on many different levels. It may manifest in the form of a rude stare or an insulting comment ("What are you going to do with THAT hair?"). And surprisingly, family, friends, and those closest to you (the ones you'd expect to be the most supportive) are usually the worst offenders. The funny thing is, the 1st ones to discourage me after my big chop were the 1st ones "ooohing" and "awwwing" and smiling up in my face after my kinky curls had reached waist length. Little did they know that these were the same exact kinks and curls that I had had from the beginning (only longer in length). Although it can be frustrating and discouraging at times, I guess you really just have to learn to brush your shoulders off. This is the time when you learn to hold your head high... to love your hair and yourself, even when others don't feel the same. I'm interested to know what your experiences have been.