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Naturally Fine: How To Survive Your First Year With Natural Hair

Naturally Fine: How To Survive Your First Year With Natural Hair

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Naturally Fine: How To Survive Your First Year With Natural Hair

88 pages
1 hour
Feb 27, 2013


Embrace who you are, Naturally!
There’s no question that a natural hair revival is going on. Black women all over the world are embracing their coils. If your dream is to join the natural hair revolution and you are still agonizing over the decision to go natural, Naturally Fine: How to Survive your First Year with Natural Hair is the essential guidebook.

This step-by-step guide to being Naturally Fine teaches:

•In a raw and vivid memoir, how author and self-proclaimed ‘Weave Head’ Trudy Agyeman, went from a painful, chemical relaxer experience to embracing her natural coils
•How to determine if going natural is right for you
•How to master the foundation hairstyles with step-by-step instructions, tips, techniques, and detailed photographs
•How to avoid being a product junkie and using only a handful of products to style and maintain your hair
•How to style your own hair with confidence and avoid expensive salon visits
•How to manage and improve the health of your hair in the first year of your journey

Whether your goal is to maintain a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro), or to grow jaw dropping, long natural hair, this must-have book is filled with inspirational stories, tips and the trials and tribulations of the journey to natural hair. It will give you the knowledge and the courage to remake yourself into a Naturally Fine woman.

About the Author
Trudy Agyeman is a freelance web and graphic designer based in Toronto, Canada. She wrote the book Naturally Fine: How to Survive Your First Year with Natural Hair, after a struggle to find a raw account of the good and the bad of embarking on a natural hair journey. She continues to chronicle her natural hair experience on her blog:
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Feb 27, 2013

About the author

Trudy Agyeman has been a natural girl for 8 years, and is truly Naturally Fine at heart. She is not a licensed cosmetologist or a hair scientist, but she shares with you first hand experience of her journey to being natural, and in turn, her journey to being real. “The key to being Naturally Fine is not to alter but to accept, not to hide or deceive but to shine and be seen.” This is what Trudy Agyeman stands for and stands by when it comes to being a natural woman. Trudy made a hair and life transition when she decided that she didn’t want to be defined by her hair, but be beautiful all by herself. She understands that hair only makes up a small percentage of who someone is, where the larger percentage is an empowered woman who is not only confident and satisfied in her hair but also her abilities, skills, family, accomplishments, etc. Trudy Agyeman’s desire is for all Curlies to embrace their hair AND their inner beauty. She is honest and open about her 8-year natural hair journey, with its setbacks, frustrations, and lots of joy. Being Naturally Fine carries with it a learning curve of finding out that what works for one individual’s hair texture may not work for another. No two Curlies are alike, just like no two people are alike. Trudy Agyeman’s goal is to teach and encourage all Curlies before and during their journey to being Naturally Fine. Trudy lives in Toronto with her family and is a web/graphic designer by day and an author by night. Naturally Fine: How to Survive Your First Year with Natural Hair is her first title.

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Naturally Fine

How To Survive Your First Year With Natural Hair

By Trudy Agyeman

Published By Trudy Agyeman at Smashwords

Copyright 2013 Trudy Agyeman

All rights reserved.

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 – Through Burns, Sweat and Tears

Chapter 2 – Naturally Fine! True Validation at Last!

Chapter 3 – No Two Kinks Are Alike

Chapter 4 – Time for Change: Transitioning to Natural Hair

Chapter 5 – A Brave New World?

Chapter 6 – Found Natural Love, Now What Am I Gonna Do With It?

Chapter 7 – Maintenance: Get Your Hair in Fab Condition

Chapter 8 – Stylin’ Versatility

Chapter 9 – Strand and Deliver? Hairstyling Fumbles

Chapter 10 – So, How Are You Doing…for Real?

Chapter 11 – A Few Words About Hair Dye

Chapter 12 – To Iron or Not to Iron? An Ethical Question


About the Author


To Atlas Tully, thank you for your love and encouragement.

To Nova and Libby Tully, thank you for reminding me each day to be myself.

To My Father, thank you for your last words. I will never let you down.


Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be caught in a rain shower, with no worry or panic, just calmly walking, soaking it all in without a care? Or imagine your lover sensually caressing your coils, with no tracks underneath and no thoughts of despair? Thousands of beautiful, black women are already there, embracing the essence of their natural hair.

Why do we need natural hair love now?

I have two young daughters ages five and seven. By the age of three they discovered that there was something not quite right about their hair and the questions soon started thereafter. How come my hair doesn’t grow? Why is my hair color black? I want pigtails, long pigtails, pigtails with squiggly curls, do you know what I mean mommy? Sadly I did. When my eldest daughter came home from school one day and said Mommy, I want to be white my stomach clenched with painful knots of sorrow. I just stared at her in silence. I tried my motherly best to reassure her that there was nothing wrong with her hair, her eyes or her skin color. She gave me the usual ‘thanks mom, I feel better’ glances but deep down I knew I simply wasn’t getting through to her.


Why was I failing to get the message across? At our tender ages we have been bombarded with imagery and perceptions of what is beautiful. Rapunzel-like dolls decorate the rooms of our impressionable daughters. At the age of twelve my hair was relaxed simply out of convenience. My mother no longer had to spend hours cramping her fingers braiding my hair on school nights. Relaxing gave me the opportunity to manage my own hair and I was grateful for this newfound freedom. I panic at the thought of what my daughter’s decision will be when they have the freedom to style their own hair.

My reason to write this book is not to preach about the dangers of chemical relaxers. I’m sure you are aware that the nauseating smell and crusty burns left on your scalp is a sign that this stuff can’t be any good. Throughout my natural hair journey I found that the quest is not just about hair, but is about self-esteem, confidence, empowerment and spiritual strength. Without these foundations you will never embrace the natural hair lifestyle. I want you to get re-acquainted and fall in love with your natural hair, to love your texture and discover the possibilities.

It’s very easy to get discouraged as you embark on this journey. We need to feel the emotional hurts in order to heal after being told from childhood that we have bad hair.

In this book you will find tips, techniques and styles to help you successfully transition from perms, weaves and wigs to a Naturally Fine mane. However, my goal is to fill you up with the empowerment, courage and the strength to STAY natural.

So let’s get started…

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