It was February 8th that I was sitting in the salon chair while I was getting my “touch up”. That’s right – the hair that is naturally growing out of your head is thick and curly and has to GO! You place a cream… a chemical… and it straightens it bone straight, fine, and thin.
Here 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.
We’d like to thank Terri from Braintree, MA for sharing the following short story about her experience with going natural. We couldn’t get a picture, but that’s ok… We know Terri and can tell you that she is beautiful, both inside and out!
Terri’s Natural Hair Journey:
Thanks for sharing your new natural hair blog! I found your journey interesting because I stopped perming back in 2000… and I don’t miss it! (Love the pics and I can certainly remember you and Pam from back then!).
I’ve been relaxing my hair for longer than some people have been alive.
I got my first relaxer when I was in my late teens; that point in a young person’s life when they can “do what they want” with their own hair.
Prior to that, I used to blow dry my natural hair, or “light press” my hair when I was old enough to take care of my own hair.
Despite all the buzz to the contrary on natural black haircare, transitioning from relaxed to natural hair does not have to be traumatizing. If you have worn your hair permed or relaxed for many years, look at the transitioning stage as a formal re-introduction to the natural hair your momma gave you!
Every woman who decides to go natural carries a unique blueprint that is her natural tresses. No two heads are alike. Embrace the fact that your natural hair is beautiful, not to mention a head turner.