Believe it or not, there was a time when natural hair as we know it today, was not as prevalent as it has become. Black women had options for hair care that did not include wearing their hair in its natural state. And even if they did force that option into the equation, it often meant an unmoisturized TWA, wearing a fade, or locs.
Thankfully, over the past few years, the natural hair movement took off. It went from what seemed like a passing fad, to a full-blown lifestyle. Products improved, information was easily disseminated thanks to social media platforms, styling options increased drastically and pride in the newfound acceptance of black natural hair took over.
It’s an amazing thing to have witnessed. I cut all my hair off and stopped relaxing my hair back in 2008. At the time, the natural hair community was definitely growing, but it was nowhere near as strong as it is today. The term ‘big chop’ was not even one I was familiar with when I buzzed all my hair off my head.
Natural hair is great, but as we have now had some time to reflect and assess, it’s not for everybody. Along the path of its growth, the natural hair movement collected a few staunch proponents that some have named Natural Hair Nazi’s. That’s a bit harsh, but there are the subtle undertones of disapproval that come from those who have a dream for every black person to wear their hair without adding any chemicals.
That dream is fine to have, but you don’t have to wear your hair natural if you don’t want to. Natural hair just may not be for you. Let’s look at what goes into deciding if natural hair is really for you.
One of the most important factors in deciding on a hairstyle or a haircut is your lifestyle. What do you do on a daily basis? Where are you required to be? How much time do you have to devote to the maintenance of your hair? And, how does the hairstyle you choose play into all of it?
These questions will yield answers that differ for every single person who asks them. Your chosen profession, how many children you have, the part of the world you live in and the elements you’re exposed to…all those things matter.
Think about whether natural hair is practical when it comes to how you live your life.