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Dianne Austin

Dianne is the co-founder of Natural Haircare News and Coils To Locs.com. She's been blogging about natural hair ever since she made the decision to break free of the creamy crack in 2012.
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Four Misconceptions Black Women Have About Natural HairHere are four fallacies that some black women have about natural hair:

1.  Natural Hair is Extremely Hard to Manage

Actually, any hair type can be hard to manage if you aren’t familiar or comfortable with handling your hair type.  How often do we feel frustrated about our hair whether our hair is natural or relaxed because our hair just doesn’t seem to fall right; or our hair is dry.  Maybe the ends of our hair are breaking off so it appears to not be growing.  It could be hard to comb.  The key is to have patience with your natural hair and take the time to learn about and understand your hair whether it’s kinky, curly or wavy.  No matter your hair type, you have to figure out what works best for your hair; sometimes through trial and error.

2. It Takes More Time To Style Natural Hair

Well, that depends on your perspective.  How many black women will spend hours – all day as a matter of fact, sitting in a hair salon to get their hair styled, or relaxed?  If you want your hair to look and be healthy, it’s important to take time with your hair.  I’d never advocate spending all day on your hair.  This is another case where figuring out a hair styling routine that will help you to achieve the results that you want from your hair, save you time and still keep you looking fly – is key.

3. Natural Hair Is a Career Killer in the Workplace

Are there people in the workplace who have the power to help or hurt your career who may have an issue with your natural hair?  Absolutely.  Right or wrong, it can be a reality for some people.  But for the most part, natural hair in the workplace is not the issue it once was.

4. My Husband/Boyfriend/Partner Won’t Like My Natural Hair

That’s entirely possible.  There are men who don’t like relaxed hair.  Or weaves. Or braids. Or blonds.  The point is that yes, people have preferences, but what you do with your hair is your choice; your decision. If wearing your hair natural is a deal breaker for your significant other, then you already have deeper issues in the relationship anyway!

The bottom line is that it’s important to do what is best for you when it comes to how you choose to wear your hair.  Don’t let others define you or decide what that means for you.

Author:  Dianne Shaddock

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