What’s The Deal With Natural Hair?
Ok ladies and gentlemen, more and more on television and in print advertisements, we’re seeing more people trade in their straight and sexy look for cute and coily. I’m loving it, and as a matter of fact, I am in the process of transitioning my hair to its naturally curly state.
For years upon years, for as long as I can remember, my hair has been relaxed. At one point when I was in elementary school, my mother would straighten my hair with a pressing comb. I never knew this curly hair that lay beneath my chemically processed hair. As a senior in high school I began to experiment with hair coloring. Needless to say, I have had a hard time identifying myself because of the conflict that I endure with my hair.
Another semester of college, another load of textbooks to purchase. As I stand in line to pay for my items in the campus bookstore, i came across “Thank God Im Natural: The Ultimate Styling Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair” by Chris-Tia E. Donaldson. Of course I got the book and immediately increased my efforts of growing out of my relaxed hair. So now, age 22 (the time I originally wrote this), I have decided to GO NATURAL!!!
I have been chemically-free since September 2010 and have since limited myself away from excessive heat styling such as flat ironing, blow drying, and pressing my hair. I have found some great hair tips, inspirations, and protective styles from the natural hair community on Youtube and Facebook. There is so much that I did not know about hair and I am still learning. People have criticized my transitioning look, “Why don’t you do your hair?” “So you just didn’t feel like doing your hair?” “What exactly are you trying to prove?”. Nothing. There is nothing to prove. My hair is a part of me, not all of me. I am on a journey of spiritual and personal growth. I feel sorry for all those who can not and choose not to understand. I don’t mind a blow out, but straightening with chemicals further leads me to believe that many women are ashamed of the beautiful kinks and curls that flow naturally from their scalps. It is sad that society has torn us away from the way God intended us to be. Instead of fitting in with societies vain requirements, I’d rather stand out.
Is natural hair a trend? No. Accepting my natural hair is an empowering process. I am learning so much about hair and I love it! It does not matter if I am transitioning, or if my hair is kinky or blown out. Healthy hair is my goal.