I see lots of arguments on the Internet between women in natural hair groups about what is natural hair and what is not. What is your stance?
Natural or Not:
Dear Natural or Not:
Lots of women seem to be confused by the difference between “natural hairstyle” and “natural hair.” The two are completely different.
Natural hair styles are all the rage as millions of black women take the plunge and leave the Creamy Crack behind. However, there are many women who aren’t willing to go fully into the natural world, so they sit on the fence between the two. Their hair is relaxed, but they wear natural or twist out wigs, dread extensions, or kinky twist extensions to cover it. They enjoy the look of natural hair as a fad, and are in no way way committed to the change. These women go back and forth between natural hair looks and relaxed hair, depending upon their mood, outfit, or the occasion. Their hair may also be colored, with popular choices in permanent color being red, purple, blue, honey blonde/brown, or lifted to be almost yellow blonde.
Wearing your hair in its natural form (“being natural”) means that you follow the rule of what constitutes “natural” hair: NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO YOUR HAIR THAT PERMANENTLY CHANGES THE HAIR AS IT GROWS FROM YOUR HEAD.
Now, let’s break this down in detail, because there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding in the natural hair community as you said. Women with dyes and chemicals of one sort of another on their head want to proclaim themselves natural when they are not.
PERMANENT COLOR: If you color your hair with permanent dye, you are not natural. You are wearing a natural hairstyle certainly, but your hair is no longer “natural” because you have permanently altered it’s color as it grows from your head. That is why you have to keep doing touch-ups. The change is permanent because it doesn’t wash out or rub off onto pillowcases – it changes your hair forever. No matter how cute you think it looks, the fact remains that until you cut the colored hair out or dye your hair another color, it will remain colored, and until that happens your hair is no longer natural. Temporary rinses, henna that wears out because it only coats the hair, coffee, berry tints, and those more organic solutions to hair color are not PERMANENT, and therefore don’t count.
CHEMICAL TREATMENTS: Texturizers, kiddie perms, blow out chemicals, etc. all permanently change the texture of your hair as it grows from your scalp. That means that you are not natural. You are certainly wearing natural hairstyles like twists, twist-outs, braid-outs, bantu knots, puffs, and the like. However, once you included chemicals that permanently change your hair texture to “loosen the curl” or “make it easier to comb” etc. your hair is no longer natural.
Hope that clears things up for you. Thank you for writing!
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